November 28, 2016

Idea Lab: Colleges Solving Problems

Collection of features about colleges solving problems that many campuses face.

Building consensus requires finesse, strategy, and a little psychology.

Tips for the academic leader — and those who aspire to be one — on how to cultivate donors, ask for money, and land the big gift.

Quick change keeps programs current, but time is needed to ensure quality. The challenge: finding a way to have both.

How to assist professors through the post-tenure blues.



Colleges are making law, business,  and other career-focused programs  more interdisciplinary

To improve retention and help diversify the future professoriate, some colleges embrace formal mentoring programs.

As more students with young children enroll, colleges find ways to help them succeed.

Faculty members may plan to get a lot of work done over the break but often fall short of their expectations.

Dual-enrollment courses are growing in popularity as a way to encourage students to take the leap earlier. 

 

More private colleges want to collaborate to share costs and administrative responsibilities. But such coordination isn’t easy.

What philosophy departments can teach their peers in the humanities about surviving cuts and staying relevant.

A team-based approach to initial reviews  can often save time and may allow  for better evaluations

It’s the help students get outside the classroom  that often gets them through a course.

Elon University and other colleges experiment with ways to keep recent graduates engaged.

College leaders searching for transformative change must avoid  letting ambition — or caution — imperil their institution.

Serving on faculty panels is often seen as a thankless task, but colleges can make it more rewarding by agreeing on goals and spreading the work fairly.

Helping moms and dads help their first-generation students succeed

 

Ph.D.Colleges make curricular changes to better prepare humanities doctoral students for careers outside academe.

The top job has grown more demanding. Several college leaders offer their experience-based advice.

How colleges are retaining female undergraduates in engineering and computer science.

To build pools of potential leaders, colleges are trying to change the negative ways administrative roles are viewed, and give faculty structured opportunities to learn behind the scenes.

Antioch College and other small institutions rethink their real estate to generate revenue

How to help faculty members view retirement as an opportunity, not a threat.

Colleges are simplifying the steps from community college to four-year degree.

Landing a grant involves patience, persistence, and a lot of back and forth to hone an idea until it aligns with both sides’ missions and goals.

How to make big classes feel small

Endowed chairs and professorships are valuable currency that colleges use to recruit and retain top professors.