This February, we are going deeper in the Courageous and Collaborative Leadership chapter in the book Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Framework for Leaders of Colleges and Universities. This posting includes a 12-minute audio interview with Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College, located on the North Shore in the Greater Boston area. Michael is a nationally acclaimed researcher on leadership and for several years has led the Platinum Study. This study is the largest leadership study of its kind and includes interviews with US presidents, senators, CEO of the world’s largest corporations as well as other national leaders. (more…)
This February, we are going deeper in the Courageous and Collaborative Leadership chapter in the book Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Framework for Leaders of Colleges and Universities. This posting includes a 13-minute audio interview with Mark Lombardi, President at Maryville University. Maryville, located in St Louis, is well-recognized as a thriving private university rated two years in a row by US News and World Report as the #1 Over-performing University. Discussion focuses on insights for working with cabinets and boards as well as in addressing the most pressing issues presidents face. (more…)
by Rick Mann, Ph.D.
As we work with many private colleges and universities, we find that the central role of leadership cannot be underestimated. In our book, Joanne Soliday writes, “The most important element to the health of an institution in today’s urgent times is a strong and capable leadership team” (p. 15). (more…)
Credo would like to congratulate our Director of Research, Dr. Bryant Hutson and his wife, Dr. Ye He as they will be honored today by the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) as the 2014 recipients of the Distinguished Scholars Award. The focus of this year’s research symposium for this organization is academic advising and Bryant and Jane are being recognized for their contribution to scholarly work related to Appreciative Advising and assessment of Appreciative Advising. They will present at today’s symposium and receive the award.
With the publication of Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Guide for Leaders of Colleges and Universities, Credo has made its Thriving Framework available to leaders and planners at private institutions. This Framework, based on years of research and engagements with more than 200 private colleges and universities, focuses on nine key areas of demonstrated effectiveness found at thriving institutions. Below is an overview of the book, its chapters and resources. You can buy your own copy of the Surviving to Thriving book at Credo’s Thriving website or at Amazon. (more…)
by Rick Mann, Ph.D.
Welcome to 2014 and a blog series that takes an in-depth look at Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Guide for Leaders of Colleges and Universities. With the book’s coauthor Rick Mann at the helm, this blog series serves as a companion to the book and will help readers maximize their understanding of Credo’s Thriving Framework. Each month, beginning in February of 2014, we will unpack one of nine elements with additional research, discussion, and interviews. Learn more about the authors and buy your own copy of the Surviving to Thriving book at Credo’s Thriving website. (more…)
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by Rick Mann, Ph.D.
The following postings provide insight on applications of a balanced scorecard (BSC) within the context of higher education. Postings are typically 2-3 pages in length and can be read in 10-15 minutes. NOTE: Thriving Scorecard, developed by Rick Mann, PhD and Credo, is a theme-based balanced scorecard adapted primarily for colleges and universities and secondarily for other nonprofits. (more…)
A balanced scorecard is a powerful strategic framework that can be leveraged to advance the mission, vision, and strategy of any college or university. This material provides a brief overview of 1) strategy, strategic planning, and the balanced scorecard, 2) the background of the balanced scorecard, 3) the strategy map, 4) the Thriving Scorecard, 5) the importance of the Thriving Scorecard in the new normal. (more…)
by Joretta Nelson, Ph.D.
The CIC Chief Academic Officers and Chief Student Affairs Officers Institute was a powerful experience for all in attendance. From plenary sessions to peer-led workshops, this Institute kept the focus on the unique power of shared leadership in meeting student learning objectives. Over 800 individuals attended and we were thrilled to see about 50 of our current Credo clients in attendance. (more…)
Here’s a fascinating article about the real success that is taking place in teaching and learning, applied in the area of mathematics. Attending to mindset, psychological sense of belonging, and meaning-making, these experts have developed pedagogies and instructions strategies that are resulting in student success in developmental and college-level math at rates unheard of in past years. Well worth a quick read to all who appreciate the potential in students – that is, ALL students! (more…)