Higher Ed Leadership: A Dozen Recent Reads & Resources

By Lucy Leske

Lucy Leske

Lucy Leske

Higher education is going through a time of powerful adjustment, in which institutions feel more pressure than ever to prove the worth of a degree, keep tuition in check, maintain graduation and placement rates, and to take better care of students (from athletes to assault victims). Amidst the constant, accelerating pace of change, college presidents and other higher education leaders sometimes struggle to adapt and stay current. With this in mind, below are a dozen articles and items from recent weeks about important topics that leaders (and other education stakeholders) will appreciate. Allow me to start with a piece that I wrote recently for HigherEdJobs.com:

Can Entrepreneurs Make It in Academic Leadership (HigherEdJobs)

America’s High-Risk, High-Reward Higher Education System (Forbes)

At Private Colleges, Presidents May Not Be the Top Earners (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Pressure Points: 6 Pivotal Issues for College Presidents (Witt & Wisdom Blog)

A New President’s First Task is Crisis Management [Video interview with Tuajuanda Jordan, St. Mary’s College of Maryland] (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

International Higher Education Partnerships: A Global Review of Standards and Practices (American Council on Education)

HBCUs Should Implement Online Education with Caution (New America EdCentral)

Changes to Sexual Assault Bill (Inside Higher Ed)

Law Schools Leave Torts Behind (for a Bit) and Tackle Accounting (NY Times)

Sweet Briar’s Demise Is a Cautionary Tale for Other Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Lastly, one video clip that I hope will keep your spirits up – meet the new Northern Michigan University president, Fritz Erickson, making a dramatic and snowy entrance at his Presidential Investiture ceremony: Impressive Arrival at a Presidential Investiture (Inside Higher Ed)

Lucy Leske is Managing Partner of Witt/Kieffer’s Education practice.

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