Higher education is not immune from trends. In fact, predicting trends at colleges and universities is a very hot topic these days. That's because campus life as we know it is beginning to change radically.
With the arrival of January each year, we college presidents have our work clearly cut out for us.
But for everything that is predictable and knowable, there are many recent developments and trends that bring uncertainty, and demand vigilance.
For one afternoon, win or lose at the stadium, all of the metrics and objectives, enrollment targets and spreadsheets of my job are left on the desk, replaced by a kaleidoscope called homecoming. And, yes, there is nothing like it.
Fifty years ago, in 1963, the media landscape was still dominated by the printed word, and by the imperative of getting the story right before it was published in early and final editions of America's newspapers.
Bobby Rogers of the Miracles died recently at the age of 73. As lyrics from 'Shop Around,' 'Tracks of My Tears,' 'You've Really Got a Hold on Me' and 'I Second That Emotion' reverberate in my head, I'm reminded of a different emotion that I'd shared with Rogers and the fellow Miracles in 1967.
Although many presidents are reluctant to voice their opinions in public, for fear of offending key constituents (donors and/or legislators), I see little reason to decline an opportunity for using the "bully pulpit" of our offices.