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Leading Strategic Planning at Colleges and Universities: The President's Job

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 10.14.2016 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Recently, a faculty colleague from another university asked if I thought it appropriate for the chief information officer to chair the university's strategic planning committee and would it not be more appropriate for a faculty member to be the chair.

How Small Colleges Can Not Only Survive, But Thrive

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 07.17.2016 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

With the closing of two more private not-for-profit colleges in recent months, many more college leaders and boards across the country realize they must take the difficult steps required to ensure survival for their institutions.

Practicing Benedictine Values in a Modern World

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Although Saint Benedict walked this earth more than 1,500 years ago, his teachings remain relevant in today's business world. This is especially true for higher education.

Student Loan Origination Fees: A Hidden Tax

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

There is a tremendous financial burden being unfairly heaped upon students. What was supposed to be a public service to provide greater accessibility to a college education for those who lacked other options now preys upon those it's supposed to help.

The Sorry Story of College Rankings and Ratings

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 02.01.2015 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

The incredible diversity of mission, students, and programs that make it impossible to rank schools is the foundation of the great strength of the best higher education system in the world.

Are You Ready for Online Learning?

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Prospective online students often ask us is "How do I know if I'm ready for an online course?" For adult students who may be juggling full-time jobs, families or other obligations the answer almost always involves time commitment.

Think College Costs Too Much? Thank the Government.

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

I am not going to argue that a four-year college education isn't expensive. It is. I won't argue that its return on investment makes it worthwhile, although it surely does. I also cannot argue that increasing the number of administrators doesn't increase the cost of a higher education. It does.

Textbooks Costs Continue as Barrier to Higher Education

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 03.19.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

The cost of textbooks has been rising at an average annual rate of six percent. While students no doubt have been aware of the issue all along, cringing at the start of each semester as they tally the costs for course materials, legislators have finally caught on.

Is it Enough to Be a Yellow Ribbon School?

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

In a time of economic hardship, meeting financial obligations in full removes one major concern. The problem, however, is too many schools believe their work in embracing veterans begins and ends with the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Embracing Military Culture in Higher Education

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 12.29.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Many colleges and universities call themselves "veteran-friendly." Although being friendly is a noble virtue, it often falls short of the measures that can actually lead to a vet's success after graduation.

Rutgers Board of Governors Plays 'Blame Game' in Athletics

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

There is little doubt: the Rutgers athletic department has been a mess for the better half of the past year, damaging a great university's image nationally. There are important lessons to be learned from how this happened.

Graduation Begins Today -- Online

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 07.07.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Many adult learners enrolling online for the first time may be somewhat apprehensive about online education. After all, their only experience of learning has been in traditional, face-to-face settings. Other adult learners expect it to be fun, fast, and friendly.

9 Tips to Stay Calm During an Interview

Scott Willyerd | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Scott Willyerd

For many, the job interview is the most terrifying moment of the application process. It has caused countless qualified applicants to lose their cool under pressure, sometimes unraveling completely through vocal tremors and sweaty palms.

MOOCs: Game Changer or "Tech Ed Du Jour"?

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 06.10.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Indeed, Coursera, another commercial entity, now claims well over a million students and more than 30 institutional partners, many among the so-called elite. And not to be left behind, two existing giants, Google and Pearson, have entered the arena. So what to make of MOOCs?

Streamlining Processes Saves Colleges Money

Scott Willyerd | Posted 09.19.2012 | College
Scott Willyerd

Colleges and universities do what they can to save money in their day-to-day operations. In tough fiscal times, that's more important than ever.