Higher Education Webcasts


The StratEDgy blog is intended to be a thoughtful hub for discussion about strategy and competition in higher education.

April 11, 2012 - 11:10pm
Some traditional universities may be in a precarious position now, as new educational providers make inroads, new content providers make educational materials available more conveniently and cost effectively, and technology enables unbundling and greater individuation. The changes that have occurred in the higher education arena over the past decade – and those that are currently unfolding – have made formulating effective strategy more important for the long-term success of any university.  And more people are questioning whether traditional universities are up to the task.
April 8, 2012 - 8:58pm
We had the honor of hosting an A-list panel of education entrepreneurs as part of our Strategy and Competition in Higher Education class last week to discuss new entrants to the higher education industry. We had a lively discussion, bookended by two questions, one present and one future: what have been the biggest industry changes? And what ought traditional institutions be wary of in the future?
April 4, 2012 - 9:13pm
One of the best aspects of working on a college campus is the enormous number of opportunities to hear knowledgeable people talk about interesting topics.  Usually for free. Tonight was one of those opportunities. 
April 1, 2012 - 9:08pm
Social media may necessitate a different kind of interaction between alumni and their institutions – one that mirrors the shift marketers have made from broadcast marketing to relationship building. And the fun is just beginning, because while all of this requires new skills and ideas, it has also ushered in new dimensions to some all-important roles.
March 28, 2012 - 7:13pm
Marketing is everywhere and everyone is a marketer. Each encounter with others – the way people answer the phone, the tone of your website, what the school tweets, the ease of doing business with the registrar’s office, how faculty interact with students, how you speak with the press, or how the institution hosts a reunion -- is a marketing encounter. And every encounter is an opportunity to reinforce what the institution stands for. 
March 25, 2012 - 9:46pm
In higher education, there are demand drivers for different degrees and credentials and institutions can choose to respond accordingly. One thing is certain - even a new degree or school created based on the most careful, accurate mapping of external trends with internal capabilities may fall short if the timing is off.  
March 21, 2012 - 7:16pm
I came across an interesting article in The Economist the other day.  According to this article, based on data from LinkedIn, “one of the fastest-growing job titles in America is ‘adjunct professor’ (an ill-paid, overworked species of academic).” 
March 18, 2012 - 9:36pm
Will prospective students have a positive experience trying to interact with your school? 
March 14, 2012 - 5:44pm
While the concepts of strategy and marketing are not complicated, doing them is rarely easy.  A solid understanding of the market and the school’s strengths form the foundation for success – and are areas in which marketing can take the lead. 
March 11, 2012 - 9:34pm
It’s been seventy-one days since we made New Year’s resolutions. For those of us who resolved to learn something new this year, “lifelong learning” has never been easier.


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