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Headlines show governance failing at prestigious institutions. 
 Beware.  Best practices include conducting annual board training in which board members are re-familiarized with the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience, and introduced to new tools such as the skills matrix for recruiting new board members.

Christian Colleges and Universities: Do You Have a Governance Crisis?

Higher ed is at a crossroads with many things, but especially board governance. One must look no further than the daily headlines — the sexual assault at Michigan State and their interim president’s latest comments about the victims, or the University of Maryland’s issues with the death of a football player and its board overruling […]

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change management

Planning, Change, and Resistance: An Interview with Dr. Drumm McNaughton

Dr. Drumm McNaughton is the CEO of The Change Leader, a consultancy that helps Christian colleges educate students for a life of faith and service through holistic approaches to improving planning and change management, governance, academic and business operations, assessment and IR, leadership and culture, accreditation, and diversifying revenue streams.  In this interview, he elaborates […]

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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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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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Awareness of opportunities and threats is foundational to strategic plans

Retrenchment and Renewal in Christian Post-Secondary Education

What some have called a “perfect storm” of disruptive circumstances has impacted all of post-secondary education in both Canada and the United States for the last five years. The result has been two interrelated trends that have especially shaped Christian colleges and universities: a more constrained enrollment on the one hand and a creative approach […]

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We may not know the future leaders of our school, but we can do much to prevent future mission drift.  
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Shoot the Pirates: And Three Other Strategies for Safeguarding Your School’s Mission (Part 2)

What do Christian colleges have in common with corporate America? Mission drift. So pervasive is this problem that it got the attention of the witty writers at The Onion, a satirical “news” publication. In a 2012 article, a fictitious CEO explains that his “company was built on tradition—a set of values systematically phased out the […]

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mission drift

Shoot the Pirates: And Three Other Strategies for Safeguarding Your School’s Mission (Part 1)

Safeguarding against Mission Drift In the Middle Ages, kind-hearted Franciscan monks developed a charity model to make sure the poor could buy food and wisely manage their money. This model, called Montes Pietatius, was also intended to help protect the poor from people who would take advantage of them (e.g., loan sharks). The Montes Pietatius […]

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