The end of the year is often a time for launching new initiatives in hopes of showing improvement in areas that may have fallen flat. For many institutions, those initiatives involve revamping the website by engaging in a redesign that is easier to navigate and can boost lead generation.
The consumerization of healthcare is here. With new mandates forcing healthcare providers to be transparent around pricing, many service providers are left wondering how to best present this information without scaring patients away.
Over the last few years, online programs have made a strong impression on students everywhere, institutions everywhere look to make the classroom more accessible geographically. From the popularity of online MBA programs to certificates available at the student’s convenience, it was only a matter of time before higher ed faced an imperative to embrace hybrid learning.
The vast majority of students will never use the academic library for its true purpose. Most students just want a quiet place to study or are looking to check the box for an assignment such as gathering peer review sources or compiling a list of research sources with proper citation.
There are few tasks in my professional life I find more rewarding than creating a new solution. Solving problems using the startup mentality is challenging and requires vision, focus, diversity, and teamwork. However, when you finish a major task or critical project and look back at what the team has built, that feeling of accomplishment is something I find to be unmatched. This approach to problem-solving is core to the startup mentality. For those of us who embrace it, the results are powerful and the process makes work more creative and fun.
Students are more connected than ever. Graduating seniors will no doubt encounter wholly new office dynamics compared to pre-pandemic work environments. Some new grads may find a work-from-home opportunity, while others are most likely to find a hybrid work format.
Let me be honest for a second.
At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance for higher education. This year has already seen more than a fair share of attacks and breaches, including the SolarWinds and Kaseya breaches as well as high-profile attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and other critical infrastructure.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way students viewed higher education forever, and while the country may be reopened, students don’t necessarily want everything going back to the way it was. In some cases, students hope certain changes resulting from the pandemic will never change.
Over the past few years, mental health awareness has become an increasing priority within higher education. With no shortage of problems running anywhere from depression and anxiety to much more serious issues like food insecurity, self-harm, drug abuse and more, administrators are doubling down on hiring social workers, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to combat the rampant issues at institutions.
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