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Understanding our particular non-traditional students is key to helping non-traditional students graduate.

5 Tips to Help Non-Traditional Students Graduate

This article presents five board, administrative, and practical tips that can empower the nontraditional student (NTS) at Bible school to complete their studies.  Helping non-traditional students graduate is crucial because, in the 20th century, one-third of students enrolled in the US were nontraditional students (NTS).  These students hold multiple roles in addition to student, such […]

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New guidelines have become necessary for developing stronger passwords.

3 Steps to Stronger Passwords

I once heard a speaker say that passwords are like underwear: change them often, keep them long, don’t leave them lying on your desk, and don’t share them. As a security professional, I have been discussing the need for stronger passwords for almost 20 years, and not much has changed during that time. Each time […]

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Would we gain students but lose donors?

Would We Lose Donors If We Become a Liberal Arts College?

Having to bring drug-sniffing dogs onto a Christian campus is a good learning opportunity. This school was not careful enough in vetting their new students for Christian commitment.  Although they only accept Christian students, anyone can write a testimony and get a reference.  The administrators learned this lesson quite quickly. But how did a Christian […]

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iI is important that we do everything possible to be securing records.

Securing Records Before the Storm

Are you prepared? Have you been adequately securing records? Do you have a disaster recovery plan? What would happen to you, your institution, and your students in the event of a disaster? While the nation is recovering from the most recent storms—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—we reflected on our preparedness at Weber & Associates. We know […]

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To identify the right development officer, preparation is key.

How to Find the Right Development Officer

College leadership often struggles with how to select the right development officer. Here are some tips: Distinguish between a development officer and an administrative support person. Make sure you have adequate administrative support so that your professional development officer does not spend time inputting and manipulating data, scheduling meetings, or handling routine administrative tasks. This […]

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Young adults must understand reasons to choose a Christian college.

4 Reasons to Choose a Christian College

Recently, an undergraduate student that I’ll name Karen shared an experience she had in a Religion class at a local state university. A discussion emerged there about Christians (specifically Baptists) who had been persecuted early in American history. They discussed how Baptists were beaten, had their tongues cut out, and, yes, even martyred for their […]

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How would your colleagues feel about your promotion to dean?

Promotion to Dean: 7 Best Ways to Guarantee Failure

Solid faculty members with longevity at a Christian college often find themselves in new roles. This can be the result of their own choice or sometimes even coercion, such as when failed searches or limited financial resources “force” faculty into these new roles.  While many may agree that faculty status easily supersedes a seat in the […]

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Former board members do not need to stop having an impact.

Support of the University by Former Board Members: A Personal Experience

University board members come and go. In fact, it’s common for a board member to serve a term or two and then disassociate from the school with little involvement and support thereafter.  While serving, some board members only attend board meetings and offer little involvement outside the boardroom. Others are highly involved and engage themselves […]

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