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Institutional Effectiveness

  • The dynamism and fluidity of current trends and those yet unimagined will continue to influence and shape higher education’s future. The degree to which institutions can harness their resources to achieve their objectives will depend upon the clarity of these objectives and the institution’s willingness to set priorities and solve its problems. This requires assessing current status, designing a change process, developing and educating senior leaders, and the obligation and nimbleness to make significant widespread change at all levels.

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    College Graduation Rates: Behind the Numbers

    College Graduation Rates: Behind the Numbers provides a layperson’s guide to the most common databases used to calculate these rates, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. In addition, the report suggests several factors for policymakers to consider before using graduation rates from existing databases to assess institutional success.

  • Background Papers: Convening on Financial Data in Higher Education

    In this publication, three commissioned issue papers explore fresh insights on how the alignment of financial transparency and leadership can enhance higher education academic and business models.

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    January 31, 2018

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    System Leaders Gather with Common Goal of Improving Student Success

    The ACE-NASH Leadership Academy this month brought together leaders from a wide swath of institutions from Alaska to Maine to discuss improving student success.

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    December 13, 2017

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    ACE Paper Explores Use of Data Analytics to Spur Student, Institutional Success

    ​Colleges and universities have begun to embrace the need for data-informed decision making to help drive institutional innovation and improvement, but more progress is needed before the analytics revolution takes firm root in higher education.

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    October 4, 2017

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    New Infographic Highlights Value of the ACE Fellows Program

    A new infographic highlights the gender and racial composition of the ACE Fellows Program from its inception in 1965 until 2015. Specifically, the infographic underscores the strides made toward increasing the number of women and minority Fellows.

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    July 12, 2017

    CAO Briefing: July-August 2017

    CAO Briefing, ACE’s bi-monthly news roundup for chief academic officers, focuses on the changing role of CAOs. Read the news and event of interest to CAOs for July and August 2017.

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    May 10, 2017

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    Shared Leadership Key to Confronting Modern Higher Education Challenges, Paper Finds

    Shared leadership is a key factor for organizations that are best able to learn, innovate, perform and adapt to the types of external challenges confronting campuses.

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    May 3, 2017

    CAO Briefing: May-June 2017

    CAO Briefing, ACE’s bi-monthly news roundup for chief academic officers, focuses on the changing role of CAOs. Read the news and event of interest to CAOs for May and June 2017.

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    March 1, 2017

    CAO Briefing: March-April 2017

    CAO Briefing, ACE’s bi-monthly news roundup for chief academic officers, focuses on the changing role of CAOs. Read the news and event of interest to CAOs for March and April 2017.

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    January 11, 2017

    CAO Briefing: January-February 2017

    CAO Briefing, ACE’s bi-monthly news roundup for chief academic officers, focuses on the changing role of CAOs. Read the news and event of interest to CAOs for January and February 2017.

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    September 21, 2016

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    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on C-RAC’s New Review Policy

    Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions' new review policy, which will further scrutinize institutions with low graduation rates.

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    July 25, 2016

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    ACE Blog Series on Data Offers Campus Leaders Ideas to Spur Institutional Change

    ​A recent three-part blog series on ACE’s Higher Education Today blog looks at financial data issues in higher education and offers insights for leaders looking to improve the way they use data in everyday decision-making.

ACE Related Programs and Initiatives

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ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

The Academy focuses on strengthening the chair, division head, or program director not only as a unit leader, but also as an academic leader in service to the institution and its mission.

ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers

A year-long institute that provides practical executive leadership development for CAOs in their first three years on the job.

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Regional Women's Leadership Forum

The Regional Women’s Leadership Forums are designed for mid-level women administrators with high potential for advancement in higher education administration.

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Advancing to the Presidency

A workshop that helps senior administrators gain a better understanding of the presidential search process and provides strategies and training for effective searching.

Aspiring Leaders

Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program

The ACE Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program is designed to advance mid-level leaders from diverse backgrounds into senior leadership ranks of higher education.

Donna Shavlik Award

The Donna Shavlik Award

This award recognizes sustained and continuing commitment to women's advancement in higher education, either in colleges and universities or in national positions.

ACE State Network Leadership Award

The award recognizes an outstanding, innovative, and visionary program sponsored by an ACE State Network or by a college or university.

ACE-NASH Leadership Academy

The Academy develops teams that facilitate broad change, enhance campus and system performance, and scale best practices on campuses.

Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility

Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility

This series of projects highlights and rewards institutions that effectively recruit, retain, and advance faculty in their careers as a means of developing institutional capacity.

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National Challenge for Higher Education: Retaining a 21st Century Workforce

A campaign to increase the awareness of the positive benefits of workplace flexibility for institutions and their faculties.

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