Insights for Higher Education

Insights for Higher Ed from focusEDU

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Higher Education Insights addresses many topical issues that institutions are facing today.  As expectations for sustainability and success continues to increase, it is important for the leaders in higher education to critically assess and be prepared to refocus strategic initiatives.

The Consulting Directors and Contributing Editors of focusEDU are nationally respected leaders in their areas of expertise in higher education. Higher Education Insights are original critical-thought positions from the leaders of focusEDU.

If you would like to speak to a Higher Education Consultant you may connect with us using the form on the Contact Page.  We can begin the conversation today.

The Consulting Directors are all acclaimed national leaders in their professions.  focusEDU has a cadre of professionals from the core higher ed mission-critical operational areas of enrollment management, admissions, registrar and registration areas, student accounts and student financial services areas, financial aid operations and experts to provide advice and assistance to the leaders of higher education in instructional technology and instructional design.  These are short, good articles.  Please click on a title to read an interesting article.

If you read an article that interests you, please feel free to contact focusEDU so we can open a conversation that could provide value and insights to you and your institution.  The articles are created by the critical thinkers from our team who have years of expertise in these areas.  They would welcome hearing from you.

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focusEDU Adds Services to Assist Higher Education Leadership

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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 services, focusEDU has established strong partnering relationships with the leaders of the higher education community. Over these

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Meghan Solomon Joins focusEDU as Consulting Director

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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 courses. Dr. Solomon has over 15 years’ experience in higher education teaching a diverse student

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Enrollment as a Lens on Higher Education

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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 collaboration are past due. Here are some fresh ways to get the individual things we

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Remote Interim Leadership in Enrollment Management

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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 the institution, it can be a difficult time for the office and the institution. Ideally,

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Joanne Nicoll Joins focusEDU as Consulting Director

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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 Development in the Center for Teaching and Learning and a faculty member in the School

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Best Practices for On-Line and Remote Classes

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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 to on-line classes can be a challenging, complex, costly, and both time- and resource-consuming project.

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

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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 about 30 million unique visitors. U. S. News College Rankings role in selection process is

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Delivery in the New Normal

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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, selling, meeting, sharing, learning and teaching. We put on our sweatpants and hunkered down to

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Questions to Ask Registrar Candidates

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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 it’s as a faculty member or a new member of the administration.  As a president

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U.S. News College Rankings

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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 when we are all facing unprecedented challenges, including those of us in higher education.  On

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Creating Accessible Documents in Word – Part 0 – Overview

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Creating Accessible Documents in Word – Part 0: Overview This brief presentation introduces the "Creating Accessible Documents in Word" series, covering the reasons for addressing accessibility in word, common accessibility issues, and topics covered in this series. Below you can find both the embedded video guide from our YouTube channel. Click here to view a PDF

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Creating Accessible Documents in Word Part 01 Headings and Styles

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Creating Accessible Documents in Word – Part 1: Headings & Styles In this inaugural accessibility guide, Nick Laudato, Vice President of focusEDU gives a brief introduction to the importance of using accessibility-friendly techniques in the composition of Word documents, even when they appear to be very basic. Specifically, this guide highlights Microsoft Word’s styles, headings,

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Accessibility Composition of Contrast in Word Documents Part – 07 – Contrast

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Accessibility composition in contrast is the seventh recording in the series on "Creating Accessible Documents in Word." This focusEDU episode is focused on contrast, that is, the differences between two colors or shades of grey that make them distinguishable from one another.  Sufficient contrast is critical for people with low vision. Our team of highly

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Creating Accessible Documents in Word Part 04 – Loose Ends

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Accessibility composition of Word documents for managing "loose ends" is the fourth in a series of video podcasts on "Creating Accessible Documents in Word." Compliant documents is illustrated in the importance of "Loose Ends" in readability and shows how to use "loose ends" within Microsoft Word to improve the accessibility of your document.

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Creating Accessible Documents in Word Part – 03 – Styles

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Accessibility composition of Word documents is the third in a series of video podcasts on "Creating Accessible Documents in Word." Accessibility composition of Word documents is illustrated in the importance of "Styles" in readability and shows how to use "styles" within Microsoft Word to improve the accessibility of your document.

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Creating Accessible Documents in Word Part 02 Lists

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Creating accessible documents is Part 2 of the series dedicated to accessible documents in Microsoft Word. This episode focuses on numbered (ordered) and bulleted (unordered) lists that are ICT accessible Word documents.  Creating accessible documents is compliant.