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When we’re not actively solving higher education challenges, we’re thinking about them.

And writing about them. And reading about them. And talking about them. Collected here are the insights and resources that we’ve developed to help inspire colleges and universities toward greater relevance, including blog posts, white papers, presentations, videos and worksheets.

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To Merge or Not to Merge? Pros and Cons of Merging Multiple Databases in Slate

October 18, 2023

written by Jolene Monson

At RHB, we have seen an increase in institutions interested in consolidating multiple admissions databases into one central Slate hub. It’s a trend that we expect to continue in the near future. According to Higher Ed Dive, 100 institutions have closed, merged, consolidated or announced plans to do so since 2016.  Often, each school or…Read more

Foster Student Belonging With a Coherent Deposit to Day One Strategy

October 3, 2023

written by Ken Anselment

Earlier this summer, Tyton Partners released Driving Toward a Degree: Awareness, Belonging, and Coordination, which revealed a disturbing gap in awareness about student support services by students and the employees at the institutions they attend. The report—based on responses from more than 2,000 students and 1,750 employees at about 900 two- and four-year private and…Read more

Webinar: Modern Strategic Planning: Exemplars and Emerging Themes

October 2, 2023

written by Aimee Hosemann

What’s new in strategic planning?  RHB’s previous research analyzing 108 current strategic plans across higher education began in 2020 and featured private and public four-year institutions from all 50 states. All strategic plans were active at the time, and they represented various durations and stages, including some that were near conclusion.  In our webinar on…Read more

Transcript: Modern Strategic Planning: Exemplars and Emerging Themes

September 28, 2023

written by Aimee Hosemann

On September 27, Aimee Hosemann and Rob Zinkan hosted a webinar about RHB’s latest strategic planning research. They cover the first two installments from a three-installment research report: Leadership Functions of Higher Ed Strategic Planning in 2023 and 54 Newly Launched Plans. A recording of the webinar is also available. Aimee Hosemann Alright, thanks everybody so much for…Read more

Modern Strategic Planning: Exemplars and Emerging Themes, Installment Three: Committing to DEIB in a Continuing Climate of Challenge

September 27, 2023

written by Aimee Hosemann

In our previous research analyzing 108 current strategic plans across higher education in 2020, we evaluated plans from private and public four-year institutions from all 50 states. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) was a major emphasis across all plans, but especially in the 16 most-strategic plans. As we circled back to check in on…Read more

Modern Strategic Planning: Exemplars and Emerging Themes, Installment Two: 54 Newly Launched Plans

written by Aimee Hosemann

Our previous research analyzing 108 current strategic plans across higher education began in 2020 and featured private and public four-year institutions from all 50 states. All strategic plans were active at the time, and they represented various durations and stages, including some that were near conclusion. In 2023, we wanted to understand what has changed…Read more

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What Makes a Strategic Plan “Strategic”?

In an effort to better understand the dynamics and components of strategic plans across higher ed, we undertook a detailed study of more than 100 active strategic plans. The study endeavored to capture a current plan from one private and one public four-year institution in each state, whenever possible. This executive summary is designed to introduce participants in strategic planning processes to important concepts and actions that lead to effective and collaborative strategic plans.