Affiliate Member Insights

​​​​​​​​​Each month, ACE highlights new and timely thought leadership from our affiliate members. Visit the pages below to explore featured content, including case studies of recent work with ACE member institutions, new proprietary research, white papers, podcasts, and more. 

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March 2021 Insights

Gray Associates

Student Demand:   The Critical Metric for Program Investment Decisions

In the face of financial shortfalls, many schools make a fundamental error:  they focus on employment data to find new programs or current programs to grow.  Unfortunately, there is a very limited relationship between employer needs and program margins. Institutins truly need to take both student demand and Labor Market data into account when looking at your current programs or evaluating what new programs to launch.  This can help you truly build an economically sustainable program portfolio. 


Building Bridges For Transfer Students Requires Collaboration and Coordination

Enrollment trends are causing many college and university leaders to reexamine their transfer pathways. A new article by Huron explores the ways two- and four-year institutions can work together to broker strategic discussions and make changes that improve the transfer student journey from start to finish.


The Essential Guide: What Data Can Do For Your University

Just as the hammer in your toolbox can’t build a house by itself, your data solution can’t transform your university on its own. The ability to collect information, analyze, and report on it can transform your institution when you have the right collection and collaboration processes in place. Download this eBook to learn what data can (and can’t) do for your university and how to get the most from your digital solutions.


College Presidents Must Get the Conversation Started

COVID-19 strained institutions that were already feeling immense pressures and taught leaders much in the process. WittKieffer Managing Partner and Education Practice Leader Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., spotlights post-pandemic leadership traits based on a conversation with Robert Zemsky, Penn professor and noted voice on the future of higher education. Their advice? Start the conversation! The leaders of tomorrow must be skilled at convening conversations that generate trust, connection, and fresh ideas for revolutionary, rejuvenating change.

Feburary 2021 Insights


Research Report: COVID-19 &Your Campus

In a national survey, more than 850 respondents in leadership roles across 706 institutions shared their experiences and expectations for how their campus would handle the pandemic. The results of this survey are available in Watermark’s new research report, COVID-19 and Your Campus: Impacts on Teaching & Learning and Institutional Effectiveness, including the effects of COVID-related disruption on assessment, self-study, course evaluation, faculty review processes, and curriculum and catalog management.

Collegis Education

ProvidingEffective IT Support to Online Learners: 5 Factors Colleges Should Consider

To fulfill the promise of online learning, colleges and universities must be able to rapidly resolve online students’ technical issues – no matter the day, time or location. Institutions that prioritize and adapt their IT support services to online learners’ unique needs and circumstances can improve the overall satisfaction and retention of their students and faculty alike.  


How One College FostersRobust Remote Learning

Innovative thinking helped Lyon College, a small private institution in Alabama, secure faculty buy-in and ensure students were prepared for—and successful in—remote learning. With the need for high-speed connectivity imperative, Lyon made several technology investments that paid off in numerous ways. Lyon believes institutions who actively embrace technology and level up their knowledge, skills, and abilities to function in this new world will be the ones who will strive.

January 2021 Insights

National Student Clearinghouse

The Future of Higher Education in 2021 and Beyond

In this blog, Doug Shapiro, Executive Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, discusses the state of education amid the pandemic, specifically the effect of the pandemic on college access for students, and the future of the higher education in 2021 and beyond.


Trust, Value, Safety: Higher Education Beyond the Pandemic

Plans made during the coronavirus pandemic are often tied to a tenuous clause: “When things return to normal.” But for colleges and universities, such short-term stopgaps are not only unsustainable — they are overlooking an important opportunity to evolve and to build the trust of students and families along the way. In preparing for the prolonged impact of the pandemic and the vaccine roll-out, leaders should refresh their plans for delivering high-quality programs and services.

November 2020 Insights


Questions & Metrics for Boards of Trustees Leading Through Disruption
Practices, questions, and considerations for Boards of Trustees as they lead and support their institutions through the challenges of 2020 and beyond, with a Board Financials Checklist.


Data Insights Help Kansas State Lay the Foundation for a Stronger Future

Like many higher education institutions, over the last decade, Kansas State University had experienced a steady drop in enrollment, brought about by increased competition and declining college participation rates. To push past these barriers and adapt to a rapidly shifting landscape, the university’s leadership team set out to build a holistic strategy for enrollment management that would stabilize in-state enrollment and grow out-of-state admissions.

September 2020 Insights

National Student Clearinghouse

Community Colleges, For-Profit and Rural Institutions, Black Undergraduates, and Male Undergraduates Suffered Most from Online-Only 2020 Summer Sessions

The NSC provides insight on the impact of COVID-19 on postsecondary enrollments, using the latest data available.

August 2020 Insights


Creating Opportunities for Working Adults

Top-line revenue strategies focused on international students, dynamic pricing and enrollment management have run their course, and traditional degree programs have limited scale. To identify new revenue streams and develop agility in the face of external challenges, creative higher education leaders are seeking entry into adjacent markets that support their missions while promising flexibility and long-term growth. 

Harris Search Associates

The Case for the University Chief Health Officer

Recent events surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak have disrupted the landscape of US higher education institutions in ways previously unimagined. Leaders continue to struggle with coordinating re-opening plans for the fall while confronting the related health and financial implications of the pandemic. However, what if campuses across the country (regardless of size or stature), were to create another C-level position not in spite of the pandemic but rather in response to it?

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