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Author Archives: Brian C. Mitchell

College Relations: Boston’s Brains Behind the Olympics

In a fascinating op ed in the Boston Globe recently, Andrew W. Lo, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Tom Rutledge, chief investment strategist at Alpha Simplex … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Putting the “Trust” Back in Trustee: The Role of the Trustee in College Governance

Last week, a group convened by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni issued a report examining the role of trustees in college and university governance. The report, titled “Governance … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Increasing College Diversity

In most four-year college strategic plans, there is a good-faith statement calling for increasing diversity as an institutional goal. There are good – even noble – reasons for doing so. … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

College Parents: How to Say the Long Goodbye

Students come to the college experience through a variety of doors. Nearly half of them begin at two-year institutions. Millions more do not fall into the traditional pool of 18-22 … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Higher Ed CFO Survey: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Last week, Gallup and Inside Higher Ed released a fascinating and troubling survey examining the opinions of CFO’s on the state of American higher education. CFO’s from 438 colleges and … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 3 Comments

Becoming Intentional About College Retention

One of the biggest concerns at colleges and universities is how best to improve retention. Retention means something quite different depending upon the institution. At elite colleges, for example, retention … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Educating College Trustees

It is almost impossible for those who live outside the academy to understand and appreciate how American colleges and universities govern themselves. Basically, college governance has three partners – the … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Competition Through Cooperation in American Higher Education

By the end of the 20th Century, a number of American colleges and universities – often in close geographical proximity – began to look for ways to cooperate. Regional college-based … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Future of Higher Education: Is There a Middle Ground?

The National Association of College and University Business Officers NACUBO) issued its survey of private, non-profit four-year colleges last week. The results – a snapshot of the health of the … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

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