Archive for July, 2009

Sacred cow tipping (Debunking Conventional Wisdom on College Costs)

2009 Jul 24
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There is a big hubbub right now on an Inside Higher Ed piece by Dennis Jones and Jane Wellman called “Bucking Conventional Wisdom on College Costs.” Judging by the commentary, they have clearly gored a small herd of sacred cows by attempting to debunk the conventional wisdom that budgets will (should) only rise, that spending [...]

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Tracking Student Outcomes Key Piece of the Reform Puzzle

2009 Jul 20
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A New York Times Op-Ed piece by David Brooks cites Lumina Foundation efforts to track student outcomes as being a key element in education reform. Brooks also cites increases in community college attendance as being a step in the right direction when it comes to restoring our “human capital advantage.” Lumina Foundation for Education is [...]

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Share your stories: Raising Funds in a Recession

2009 Jul 9
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Scott Pansky’s story in this week’s Philanthropy Journal makes a strong case for nonprofits to build mindshare as they struggle to raise dollars in an economic recession. Pansky’s point is valid—but it’s not enough. Last week, we hosted a group of Chicago-area development officers who shared their opinions on the challenges of raising money during [...]

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Three Paths to Staffing Social Media

2009 Jul 1
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Bring up social media in a group of nonprofit leaders, and the conversation stops. There’s often a long silence — the kind that makes presenters wince — and then someone raises a hand and asks, “How?” Not how to do it, not how to figure out what to say, but how can we possibly do [...]

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