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Universal Design in the Age of COVID-19Locked

Changes Are Demanding That Campuses Include All Learners
From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020
Demographics on campuses have changed, expectations for accessibility have increased, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to provide inclusive experiences for all learners. Thirty years after the ADA was signed into law, much has been achieved; however, there is more to be accomplished at colleges and universities if we are to provide inclusive experiences for all learners. A renewed approach to campus planning and design, informed by the principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning, and with a commitment to delivering hybridized online and in-person models of educational delivery, is needed now.
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Telling the Untold StoriesLocked

George Mason University Frames the Conversation Around Its Institutional Namesake and His Legacy
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Through historical study, outreach, and education, undergraduate students at George Mason University began research that developed into the Enslaved Children of George Mason Project. The goal was to broaden the university narrative, encourage discussion about American ideals of equality and freedom, and transform a complex historical legacy and memorial into an inclusive campus place for reflection and dialogue.
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‘Smart Change’ for Turbulent TimesLocked

Planning for Survival Requires Speed, Flexibility, and Committed Leadership
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Higher education faces a very real threat today. In confronting the fallout from COVID-19, colleges and universities are pushed toward making a transformative change. What will that require? A commitment to adaptation, innovation, change management, meeting the most critical student needs, and leaders who stand up to the challenges.
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Book Review: Strategic Mergers in Higher Education

From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
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Is Higher Education Ready for Its Learners?Locked

Impact Student Success Using the Three-Box Solution
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
With sweeping shifts in recruitment and retention of students throughout higher education, Northern Kentucky University committed to a pivot. Its new student framework emphasizes student support and academic delivery driven by strategic decisions and data rather than by impulsivity. Their Success by Design framework encouraged innovations that focused the university on meeting learners where they were.
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Promoting Engagement in Strategic PlanningLocked

Southeast Community College Used FAST Goals to Capture Stakeholder Interest
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Creating a positive, reflective, inclusive, and transparent institutional climate facilitated improved engagement in and ownership of strategic and departmental planning. The process of using FAST goals (frequently discussed, ambitious, specifically measured, and transparent) produced constructive outcomes.
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Rebooting a COVID-19-Stalled Strategic Planning ProcessLocked

Try Reframing Traditional Assumptions with These Four Steps
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
The current pandemic presents an opportunity to pivot from planning for an unknown future to designing solutions for our “wicked” problems. Results-based strategic design offers tools for an alternative planning process that addresses constraints, constituent needs, experimental solutions, behavior change, and the energy of early adopters.
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Reduce Curriculum Costs While Increasing Student EnrollmentLocked

Optimizing Academic Balance Analyses Let Kentucky Institutions Stay Competitive
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Results of the study supplied evidence needed to support tough institutional decisions. The 13 Kentucky colleges and universities that participated in the research now have critically important data to use in making choices about how they best serve their students, maximize scarce resources, and sustain financial stability.
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Totally VirtualLocked

Northcentral University’s School of Business Succeeded in Integrated Strategic Planning in an All-Distance Environment
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
In the context of a fully online institution, how do you collaborate to strategically plan? You leverage online tools and techniques to keep widely distributed and separated-by-a-distance team members engaged in the process.
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The Convergence of Gaming and LearningLocked

Higher Education Should Pivot to a Game-Based Instruction Model
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
It’s time for the virtual gaming principles of enjoyment, autonomy, leadership, and curiosity to be designed into the higher education classroom experience. That’s because students, with their technological nativism, will soon be demanding the enhancement in order to be workforce and life ready.
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Can You Trust Your Eyes?Locked

Learn How to Minimize Misinterpretation of Data Reports and Visualizations
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
Volumes of data are available to administrators to support decision-making. But that doesn’t mean that what’s been presented is accurate. When data are misused or misconstrued, senior leaders at higher education institutions may make the wrong conclusions, ineffective policies may be enacted, and students may not be successful in completing their academic goals.
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Book Review: Business Practices in Higher Education

A Guide for Today’s Administrators
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
Although the authors seem to write primarily for student affairs administrators, the book represents an important effort to meet the need for solid analysis for new generations of higher education leadership in all areas.
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