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Avoiding the Spiral: 7 Proven Alternatives to Hyper-Discounting

A recent article in Business Insider graphically shows how higher education has remained relatively affordable over the past few years, in marked contrast to what many in the media have led us to believe.1 Since our firm serves private institutions of various shapes and sizes (primarily Christian), the institutional perspective intrigued me. What might be gleaned […]

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A Free College Newsletter Template That Recruits Students, Donations, and Spiritual Rewards

(Excerpted from, Finding Funds for a Small Christian College, by David Agron, Ph.D) A college newsletter can be an exceptional tool for recruiting donors and students—really. But how do you entice a potential donor or student to actually read your newsletter and engage with your school instead of throwing out your valuable insights with the […]

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Three Simple Methods to Overcome Student Distractions: Especially for Non-Traditional Students

The competition to maintain the attention of our students is as fierce as auto insurance commercials and NCAA basketball. Every instructor confronts a daily battle to keep the student actively engaged and focused on coursework.  Student distractions are legion. The meteoric rise of distance learning, online degrees, and hybrid classes have created a new pipeline […]

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Understanding State Approval and Accreditation: Who Officially Decides Your School Is “Good”?

Who decides if your school is a good school (and what does the government have to do with it)? This question requires a basic understanding of state approval and accreditation. In many countries, the government — perhaps their ministry of education — provides credible certification. In the United States, private accrediting agencies are trusted as […]

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Faculty Development on a Budget: Six Ways to Foster Faculty Development When Inter-Disciplinary Demands Are High and Budgets Are Low

Does your faculty feel like they need Ed.Ds in addition to their Ph.Ds in order to teach effectively? Do they have the IT department’s phone number on speed dial? Does thinking about the “flipped classroom” make them want to flip out? Expectations of faculty—from you as administrators, from denominational governing boards, from accrediting agencies like ATS, […]

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How to Integrate Intercollegiate Athletics into the Intentionally Christ-centered Institution

Today’s ever changing trends in recruitment, retention, and branding often lead administrators to discuss how to develop programs that can accelerate institutional growth. Many of these discussions eventually arrive at out-of-the-classroom opportunities for prospective and current students. A natural step for many institutions is to add or grow an existing intercollegiate athletics program. Simply stated, intercollegiate athletics […]

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