Unacceptable losses. Student attrition should be top of mind.

With declining demographics and increased competition for new students, student retention has never been more important.At your institution is retention discussed with the same level of urgency as recruitment?Or is retention an afterthought?Have you adopted an “unacceptable loss” approach to student attrition? Acceptable loss is a term coined originally by the military that has crept into business and now into education. What does acceptable loss mean relative to retention? No one can guarantee retention of 100% of…

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Promises to Keep: Marlboro’s Search for a Partner

Poet Robert Frost’s student-centric teaching style inspired the creation of Marlboro College. Frost’s memorable line, “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep…” also captures the essence of the marathon-like partnership exploration process Marlboro undertook before finalizing its alliance with Emerson College in the summer of 2020. As Marlboro’s president, I had a unique perspective on the complexities involved in merging two academic institutions. Everyone involved, from both colleges, was in…

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On Leadership: An exclusive interview with Nathan Grawe

Nathan Grawe’s latest book, “The Agile College,” shared many excellent examples of transformation in higher education and the leaders that inspired change. Listen to Dutcher LLC’s CEO discuss some of the book’s major themes with the author. Come away with new ideas and renewed courage to charge forward through your institutions challenges and obstacles!

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