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Higher Education Policy and Practice Blog

The Science of Applicant Success Assessment

All academic institutions are concerned about their students’ success. This includes success while they are in school (e.g., retention, GPA, graduation) and what they do after graduation (e.g., career success). The success of an academic institution’s students is a direct reflection of that

Succession Planning

Research over the last few years suggests that higher education now faces an unprecedented period of accelerating change. Challenges such as tight budgets and scarce resources, changing demographics of potential students, and calls for technology-driven innovation increase the pressure on the

SMART TRANSITIONS: Consulting for Executives in Transition from Stevens Strategy

Stevens Strategy is a full-service consulting firm specializing in managing the process of strategic change in colleges, universities and schools. We offer professional services to the leaders of these institutions in the areas of Strategic Planning, Strategic Governance, Focused Strategic

Despite Misrepresentations: Average Price Paid for College Significantly Lower than Inflation from 1994 to 2014

I have become increasingly concerned that economists, politicians and journalists misrepresent the price students pay for higher education in the United States, by consistently overstating the real price of higher education relative to inflation. To my surprise, even though the CPI is based

What Is A Good Strategy To Take To Help Resurrect A Failing College?

You’ve most likely heard the news that Sweet Briar College in Virginia, decided to close its doors last month. The current state of Sweet Briar’s existence, at the moment, is “up in the air”. The leaders of Sweet Briar College are finding it difficult to put some order