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focusEDU Adds Services to Assist Higher Education Leadership

focusEDU Adds Services to Assist Higher Education Leadership focusEDU adds services to assist higher education. Founded in 2014 by a team of nationally acclaimed leaders from the core operational areas of enrollment management, admissions, financial aid, registrar and student financial

Meghan Solomon Joins focusEDU as Consulting Director

Meghan Solomon Joins focusEDU as Consulting Director Dr. Meghan E. Solomon is an accomplished instructor and instructional designer known for her ability to leverage her rich knowledge of instructional design and her experience in the classroom to design quality

Enrollment as a Lens on Higher Education

Enrollment As a Lens on Higher Education If the days of being able to work decentrally are over and we cannot afford to do two or three or five separate tactics, then finding ways to optimize internal intelligence and

Remote Interim Leadership in Enrollment Management

Remote Interim Leadership in Enrollment Services During Covid-19 Remote interim leadership in enrollment services adds value, and that added value can be even greater during this time of uncertainty in higher education.  When a top enrollment services administrator leaves

Joanne Nicoll Joins focusEDU as Consulting Director

Joanne Nicoll Joins focusEDU as Consulting Director Joanne Nicoll joins focusEDU as Consulting Director.  Joanne Metzger Nicoll, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized leader and consultant in instructional design and development. Dr. Nicoll served as Associate Director for Instructional Design and Faculty

Best Practices for On-Line and Remote Classes

Moving On-Campus Courses to On-Line Classes In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions have canceled on-campus courses and are struggling to substitute on-line courses as an academically acceptable alternative means of instruction. However, quickly converting on-campus courses

U. S. News Rankings: Role in College Selection Process

U.S. News & World Report College Rankings Role in the College Recruitment and Selection Process: Ten Observations Why do U.S. News Best Colleges annual rankings matter? Last year, their Best Colleges website had over 200 million page views and

Delivery in the New Normal

Delivery in the New Normal Yes, pizza delivery. And Grub Hub. Amazon. Instacart. Freshly. Netflix. Zoom. Twitter. USPS. 2020 was the year of delivery. We pivoted and scrambled to change our lives, probably forever, to new ways of buying,

Bob Herr Joins focusEDU as Consulting Director

Bob Herr joins focusEDU as Consulting Director With over thirty years of admissions and enrollment experience, Bob helped lead successful enrollment efforts at several private colleges and universities. His experience includes serving as dean of enrollment at Wagner College,

Barbara Frey Joins focusEDU as Consulting Director

Barbara Frey joins focusEDU as Consulting Director Barbara A. Frey, DEd, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Education at Point Park University and an Instructional Design Consultant with the University of Pittsburgh. She is also an active Quality

Karen Acree Joins focusEDU as a Consulting Director

Karen Acree joins focusEDU as Consulting Director Dr. Karen L. Acree is an information technology professional specializing in instructional technology and design. She is experienced in learning management system implementation, administration, and support. In addition, Karen has led initiatives to develop

Questions to Ask Registrar Candidates

Questions to Ask Registrar Candidates We all know the questions to ask when interviewing a candidate for a position on our campus.  We want to get to know him or her as a person and as a professional, whether

U.S. News College Rankings

U.S. News College Rankings If Your U.S. News College Rankings Declined This Year, You May Want to Read This It’s that time again.   U.S. News College Rankings have been published. U.S. News College Rankings are arriving at a time

Interim Leadership Appointments during COVID-19

COVID-19 and Interim Leadership Appointments The "new normal" with COVID-19 for higher education interim leadership positions in the key areas of enrollment management, admissions, registrar and student financial services is an opportunity for senior institutional leaders to consider both

Process Mapping: A Strategic Approach

Process Mapping:  A Strategic Approach for Optimization of Work The consulting team at focusEDU has the process mapping expertise to assist the leadership of higher education.  Can higher education improve admissions, financial aid, registrar and student financial services? When

Curriculum Committee Approvals Link to Degree Audit

Curriculum Committee Approvals Need to Link to Your Degree Audit System In the best of all worlds, your faculty and their Curriculum Committees will understand that when they approve a course that the course needs to be applied correctly

College Rankings Debate: A Discussion

College Rankings Debate: A Discussion  Do Rankings Matter? Why do college and university rankings matter, particularly those presented annually by U.S. News & World Report?  Millions of families engaged in the college search process value a third party perspective

Interim Leadership in Enrollment Services

Interim Leadership in Enrollment Services – What to Consider and How to Select the Right Candidate Interim leadership is a sound strategy Interim leadership in enrollment services adds value.  When a top enrollment services administrator leaves the

The Mentoring Relationship

The Mentoring Relationship Glenn Munson I never thought much about mentoring until I was well into my admissions and records career. I started in ad­missions, where I was pretty much on my own. It was not until