Sat, 10/24/2020 - 12:06pm
Wes Fugate, President Wilson College (PA) What were your aspirations and expectations at the start of 2020, and how did those shift as the COVID-19 crisis erupted? As a new president on January 1, I had an elaborate plan for my transition. My goal was to be as present as possible with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community. I wanted to hear their Wilson stories - their hopes and dreams for the institution.  In late February, I…
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Fri, 10/16/2020 - 2:00pm
Graduates Continuing Higher Education Journeys Six members of the IHE community graduated during our socially-distanced spring. Since the usual trappings around this major achievement have been postponed until Commencement ceremonies on December 13, 2020, faculty and staff made a video to toast each of them and wish them congratulations https://youtu.be/xj_VD0x-tmg.  Andrew Crain (PhD) is director of experiential professional development (xPD…
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Wed, 10/14/2020 - 5:44pm
HONORS Anthony Leigh (EdD 2019) was honored by the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils of Huntingdon College as Staff Member of the Year. Leigh, who serves as the senior vice president for student and institutional development, tries to celebrate the many ways that Huntingdon students involve themselves in the life of the college.  Ron Newcomb (EdD 2011) was recognized by The Atlanta Business Chronicle in its list of top 100 metro Atlanta…
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Tue, 09/22/2020 - 9:42am
Greg Wolniak drew on his research into which types of collegiate activities and programs most positively affect students' outcomes to open a conversation around which opportunities to prioritize during a pandemic. He shared economic and non-economic returns on investment and high-impact practices that empirically have been shown to benefit students and society most broadly. While acknowledging health and economic factors (including calls for…
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Fri, 09/04/2020 - 12:50pm
Karen Webber led a conversation of purposes and uses of data analytics in higher education on Monday, August 31. Two dozen graduates, current students, and friends of the Institute from across the United States participated in the event. They represented a variety of backgrounds, institutions, and current roles in higher education administration and research. This presentation was the fifth in a series of IHE roundtable discussions held by Zoom…
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Wed, 08/26/2020 - 11:09am
Denisa Gándara (PhD 2016) and Meredith Billings (Postdoc, 2017-2019) present Causal Inference for Policy Analysis in Higher Education on Friday, October 30 from 12:00-1:30 eastern. The program is part of the ASHE Research Workshop series. According to the announcement, "[Gándara and Billings] will introduce participants to causal-inference designs with a focus on applications to policy analysis. [They] will also address challenges associated…
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Fri, 08/21/2020 - 9:41am
Daniel Thompson (EdD 2015) was promoted in May to senior education research analyst in the Federal Student Aid office at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, he monitors institutional management of Federal Student Aid Title IV funds, performs program reviews, and educates institutions on compliance with federal policies. He also serves on the board for the Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to…
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Tue, 06/16/2020 - 9:42am
Welch Suggs (PhD 2009) shares his extensive experience and research of intercollegiate sports with Inside Higher Ed podcast series, The Key. He notes that there are "still more question marks than periods" and reviews the many disparate forces factoring into athletic program decisions as some schools start athlete workouts while others shutter programs. Suggs acknowledges the considerable disparity in resources and prioritization of athletics…
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Mon, 06/08/2020 - 8:23am
IHE graduate Kathy R. Pharr (EdD 2011) assumes the dual responsibility of chief of staff and interim vice president for marketing and communications on July 1, 2020. She has served in a variety of roles throughout her 27 years at UGA, and most recently as chief of staff and associate vice president for institutional affairs. “I am honored and humbled to be asked by President Morehead to serve the University of Georgia in this expanded role. I am…
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Fri, 05/29/2020 - 1:56pm
Denisa Gandara (PhD 2016) and Amanda Rutherford find evidence that performance-based funding models lead to fewer first-generation enrollments. Their investigation of public 4-year institutions between 2001-2014 appears in Educational Researcher.  https://doi.org/10.3102%2F0013189X20927386
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