Archive for March, 2009

In tough times giving is heroic

2009 Mar 26
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When Curt Simic kicked off his afternoon plenary at the CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations by saying he was going to quote from my earlier session (see presentation below), I was both delighted and – potentially – worried.  Where was he going to go with this?  He might quote my new aphorism,  “If frugality [...]

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A Lesson in rethinking the future from Kettering University

2009 Mar 25
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A long-time client for admissions, research, and consulting services, Kettering University appears in the New York Times today, with the spotlight on “the West Point of the auto industry’s” prescient efforts to expand its industry ties beyond Detroit. Although programs in this top-notch, hands-on university have been traditionally for students pursuing industrial and automotive engineering [...]

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In these times, b-school applicants need credentials

2009 Mar 24
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In a crushing economy, people frequently turn to grad school. Out-of-work adults do it to retool their skills. Recent grads with newly-minted bachelor’s degrees do it to delay the agony of searching for a job in a tight market. What are their chances of acceptance at the top schools? According to the associate dean for [...]

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For b-schools, globalization continues

2009 Mar 24
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Leaders at Duke University, University of South Carolina,and University of Maryland, all client institutions, told the Wall Street Journal that “deep cultural immersion” is increasingly important for business schools seeking to train students to lead truly global businesses. The article, “Executive M.B.A. Programs Bulk up Oversees,” also quoted Tim Westerbeck, one of Lipman Hearne’s owners [...]

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Schools serving high-need students recognized

2009 Mar 17
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The Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC), an initiative of New Leaders for New Schools, has identified 21 schools across the nation that have tallied dramatic gains in student achievement.  Using a value-added model to analyze performance data from nearly 150 high-need charter schools across the country during the 2007-2008 school year. Among the 21 winners: [...]

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Alumni turning to Alma Maters in tough times

2009 Mar 16
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It’s about time we had an economic meltdown!  Gosh, what a great time to be an alumni officer.  What could be better than a flood of alumni sweating out the toughest job market since the Great Depression and eagerly looking to you for salvation?  Of course we didn’t want an economic meltdown, but it sure [...]

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Lipman Hearne takes home 12 Admission Advertising Awards

2009 Mar 10
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The winners have been announced in the 24th Annual Admission Advertising Awards, the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country.  Judges consisted of a national panel of admissions’ marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals, and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report (formerly Admissions Marketing Report) .  This year, over two [...]

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In a recession, fix the online potholes

2009 Mar 3
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When I first visited Chicago in the late 1970s, you couldn’t find a road without a pothole or an alley that wasn’t blocked by someone’s abandoned Pinto. Much of the near southwest side was a mire of unmarked streets and buildings scarred by riots from a decade before. Every complaint you heard was followed up [...]

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