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Maguire Associates Survey Finds Faculty Generally Pessimistic and Presidents Optimistic about Future of U.S. Higher Education

Presidents and faculty agree that innovation should focus on changes to teaching models. However, they lament that the innovation conversation remains focused on technology and cost-cutting and dominated by politicians and business. Maguire Associates has released summary findings of a survey of 427 presidents and 1,199 faculty members at four-year public and not-for-profit colleges and…

As Yogi Berra Once Said: “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over”

May 1st is a watershed date for many institutions, but even among the most selective, the work is far from finished.  We all know we need to protect ourselves from summer melt, but at Maguire Associates we continue to be amazed by the number of colleges and universities that overlook a critical issue – institution-wide…

The Importance of Writing A Recruitment and Enrollment Plan

It may be the last task you want to take on this summer, but it could be the best use of your energies for your institution. For the purposes of this article, we are not talking about embarking on a prolonged process involving institutional leadership in long-term strategic enrollment planning – although this certainly has…

Transfer Admissions: A Virtuous Circle

“Today’s college students rely on diverse ways of learning, and institutions are exploring new models of education, but students face substantial barriers to completing their degrees and graduating as they move through the higher education system,” commented U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA11), Senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, in April, 2014.…

The Human Dimensions of Enrollment Management

Editor’s Note: Thirty years ago, Maguire Associates’ Founder and Chairman Emeritus Jack Maguire delivered the keynote address at a national conference on higher education. He focused on the importance of human dimensions – leading and being led with integrity, accountability and a strong service orientation– in the enrollment management profession. The May 1st deposit deadline…

A “New Normal” in U.S. Higher Education?

By Jim Murtha, Ph.D. Chairman & CEO Maguire Associates Writing recently in The New York Times, Floyd Norris reports that “The proportion of new American high school graduates who go on to college — a figure that rose regularly for decades — now appears to be declining. Last October, just 65.9 percent of people who…

Aid Is Not Enough — It Takes Grit

According to the CBO’s numbers, the income of the bottom 10% of wage earners, on the other hand, decreased by 5.3% between 1979 and 2013. During that same period, wage growth for the broad middle class was generally stagnant.

The Human Dimensions of Enrollment Management

Editor’s Note: Thirty years ago, Maguire Associates’ Founder and Chairman Emeritus Jack Maguire delivered the keynote address at a national conference on higher education. He focused on the importance of human dimensions – leading and being led with integrity, accountability and a strong service orientation– in the enrollment management profession. The May 1st deposit deadline…

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