Professional Development is too often relegated to an event format. A scheduled day is around the corner and we scramble to find a provocative speaker to make folks feel they have not wasted their time. Of course we provide provocative and inspiring speakers and have a wide variety of topics from learner-centered approaches to transformational strategies emerging across higher education from emerging trends to looking beyond budget. Click here to review a list of topics we maintain for presentation. As an overall approach however, we advocate a balanced and more systemic program (patterned after the balanced scorecard concept). A well constructed program needs to address a host of issues such as specific skills, matching skills to institutional needs and priorities, reality orientation (emerging trends and events that effect higher education), best practices, and so on. We recommend beginning with a couple very inexpensive online surveys followed by a bit of analysis then building a plan detailing some structured activities. We monitor progress using inexpensive online surveys and adjust along the way. Click here
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Provocative Presentations: Below are examples of provocative presentations that we maintain in PowerPoint with handouts and supporting web bibliographies. They are designed to be delivered and are not for sale as stand alone products. They can be packaged in 1 hour keynote format, half day workshops or combined for full day development activities. These are just a few examples, we have scores in the digital bank. They are perfect for faculty and staff development days, strategic planning retreats, management retreats, kick off meetings, and culture building programs.
Emerging Trends in 21st Century Higher Education: A provocative presentation with numerous examples of how the future of higher education is evolving. Topics covered include such things as the new learner, emerging horizontal and vertical markets, blended delivery methods, who’s winning and who’s not, and the characteristics of adult learning populations, to mention a few.
Making Learner–Centered Happen: If you are tired of the hype around learner-centered then this provocative presentation may be for you. Topics covered include detailing the seven key components of learner-centered approaches replete with examples and illustrations and distinguishing being student-centered from being learning-centered from being learner-centered.
Strategic Planning for Professionals: Planning is a very important process with a well deserved bad rap. Many processes are in fact a waste of time. This presentation covers how to develop a process that is exciting and productive. Topics include overall design, engaging in structured dialog and decisions, integrating accreditation self-study, integrating program assessment and review, reducing planning overhead, moving from planning to action and how do you know if you are on track.
Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM): SEM is a simple concept but a complicated process. This presentation demystifies SEM. Topics include defining SEM, structuring options for SEM programs, developing core processes, linking curriculum and enrollment planning, fundamentals of recruitment, fundamentals of retention, and critical success factors.
From Portals to Propyleams: Technology provides remarkable new possibilities for higher education. The truth is virtually all technology infrastructures are underutilized today. This presentation is designed to turn that around. Topics include reconceptualizing the rolls of technology; recalibrating the technology infrastructure, optimizing systems and making them work, integrating technology and strategic planning.