There is a newly emerging field I would like to christen “university design:” an approach, a methodology for thinking about the future of higher education. First, some definitions. One definition for the word design means “to give form.” Thus, when we are talking about industrial design, that means to give form to objects. Graphic design … Continue reading University Design Mindset: An Essential Skill for University Leaders by David J. Staley, Ph.D.
This autumn, my institution, The Ohio State University, welcomed the largest number of students ever to its Columbus campus: over 61,000 students. For at least the last century, and certainly since the 1950s, Ohio State has been one of the largest campuses in the country. But today, even the size of Ohio State pales before … Continue reading Higher Education at Scale by David J. Staley
This article is excerpted from a recent IngenioUs podcast episode with Greenfield Community College President, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez. Click here to listen to the full-length episode. Where did your professional journey begin and what initially drew you into higher education? YSF: I have to say it's a little bit of pragmatism and a few incredible … Continue reading Lessons on Leading and Living with Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez
In this era of heightened disruption and challenge facing nearly all of higher education, we hear—increasingly—the call for innovation. Innovation is viewed as the golden ring that, once caught, will carry institutions through to a brighter future. And yet, many of these calls view innovation narrowly, often through the lens of technological tools and approaches. … Continue reading Is It Time to Redefine Innovation?
This week we are excited to welcome Ken Anselment as our guest blogger at IngenioUs. Ken is the Dan Saracino Chair of Enrollment Management at RHB and the Vice President for Enrollment and Communications at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. RHB helps great causes succeed by designing strategies to maximize student lifetime value, a manifestation … Continue reading When Will We Return to Normal?
Leading in the midst of any kind of sustained crisis is risky business. Most crises involve at least two distinct phases. And the work needing to be done in each is distinctly different. For example, during the crisis phase (which is essentially what many colleges and universities have been experiencing since March) our priority is … Continue reading Pandemic Inspired Leadership Lessons #2: Practice Adaptive Leadership
Ten Ways to Know What Students Want We are pleased to welcome Gray Associates CEO and Founder, Robert Gray Atkins as our guest blogger this week. To hear more of his insights about data-informed decision making, check out this week’s episode of the IngenioUs podcast here. Since the end of the Great Recession, higher education … Continue reading The Path Towards Academic Program Profitability
If history is any indication, crises spur innovation. For example, the great Renaissance was borne out of the Black Death, a time in which a third of Europe’s population died. Historians have written that the horrors of the Black Death disease eventually led to a period of creative adaptation and the development of medical science … Continue reading Pandemic Inspired Leadership Lessons: #1 Plan Now for a Post-Pandemic Future
According to recent studies, there is a shortage of qualified academic leaders willing to step up into senior leadership roles on college campuses these days. Even more alarming are the reports about the uptick in ever more short-lived senior leader stints. For many top leaders, a desire to exercise one’s creative juices--to have an impact--is … Continue reading Overcoming Obstacles to Innovation and Change and How to Respond