Affiliate Member Insights

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Latest: August 2022 Insights​


Deloitte’s 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Transparency Report​

Explore Deloitte’s 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Transparency Report to learn about our commitment to diversify our workforce, strengthen an inclusive culture, and advance equity within our organization and in society.

​​Gray Associates

How Higher Education Institutions Are Using Creative AI​

We’ve seen an explosion of AI-related courses and programs across higher education, mainly within engineering and computer science departments, but AI isn’t just for “left​-brainers.” Artists, musicians, and other “right-brain” aficionados are using AI to enhance the creative process and even generate new creative works. While creative AI still has a long way to go, it’s clear that AI technology will have to be considered in the workforce and in educating students.

July 2022 Insights

AGB Search

Voices from the Academy

AGB Search continues their video series "Voices from the Academy" with an interview between AGB Search Principal Kim Bobby and Barbara J. Lawrence, the inaugural VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/CDO at Rider University. Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts have taken on a renewed importance on campuses in the last two years. Some institutions made the commitment for the first time to engage highly experienced chief diversity officers on their campuses. Whether establishing a brand new CDO role or expanding a DEI office, Lawrence is clear that the keys to success reside in ensuring it’s an institution-wide effort.

Blue Moon Consulting Group

Evaluating Preparedness: Reputational Risk Maturity Model (PDF)​

While institutions spend money and invest time in the hard work of building and maintaining a brand, they often ignore or only give a passing glance to the importance of ensuring reputation is protected. Blue Moon Consulting Group encourages you to ask yourself and your team five questions and assess how capable and prepared your institution is to effectively and proactively manage reputational risk. BMCG’s Reputational Risk Maturity Model, though geared toward higher education, provides leaders across all industries  with an opportunity to gauge just how robust they are at protecting their reputation.


Transforming Work in Higher ED

What does your institution’s transformation journey look like? The length and complexity of the journey depends on your organizational aspirations and leadership ambition, where you are today, and where you need to be to achieve those goals.


Job growth, but slowing by industry

What is the state of the job market for the class of 2022? The latest Handshake Network Trends blog pulls job posting data from the past five years to understand how hiring is shifting in the midst of a changing economy. Find out which industries continue to be red hot for students, as well as which industries are slowing down.

June ​2022 Insights​

​​Blue Moon Consulting Group

Beyond Spin—Bridging the gap between stakeholder expectations and decision making(​PDF)​

​​Successful issues management goes beyond reactive communications and “spinning” a story. At Blue Moon Consulting Group, we believe being proactive and actively engaging with stakeholders and understanding their concerns is crucial as strategic decisions are considered. In our Higher Ed Issues Management whitepaper, Beyond Spin—Bridging the Gap Between Stakeholder Expectations & Decision-Making, we review the three steps every institution can take to create a robust issues management approach, thus reducing reputational risk and building goodwill with key stakeholders.


Deloitte’s Future of Work Institute​

Deloitte’s Future of Work Institute is a specialized microcredential experience designed to help students explore their future work, skills, and jobs and understand how those future experiences may evolve. The Institute is designed to complement existing learning and curricula provided by degree programs and career center experiences at colleges and universities nationwide.

​Gray Associates

No Matter What the Future Holds, Understanding Program Economics is Vital​

In an excerpt from his new book, Start, Stop, or Grow?: A Data-informed Approach To Academic Program Evaluation And Management, CEO and Founder of Gray Associates, Robert Gray Atkins, addresses the vitality of program economics when it comes to evaluating an academic program portfolio.  Learn how the goal of program economics is not profit, but generating margins that the college can re-invest in mission-critical programs and initiatives.

​​The Jed Foundation

Employers Must Protect the Mental Health of Early-in-Career Professionals​

After graduation, will today's students find workplaces that are prepared to meet their professional expectations and — emotional needs? The Jed Foundation (JED) presents a compelling argument as to why employers must support the mental health of early-in-career professionals in order to successfully recruit, and retain, the best and brightest of Gen Z.

​​May 2022 Insights

AGB Search

HR Transformation at the University of California: Levers and Strategies

AGB Search and Mercer continue their series Leadership Connections in Higher Education by discussing prevalent issues in higher education human resources. In a recent Connections event, presenters explored the large-scale project underway to transform the University of California’s systemwide human resources (SWHR) department. HR Transformation at the University of California: Levers and Strategies details the goals for the project along with the strategies used to provide service to the entire system while ensuring the needs of each individual campus are met.


A Higher Education CHRO’s guide to thriving post-pandemic (PDF)

Deloitte identified eight key areas for higher education HR and university leaders to consider for their institutions to emerge from the pandemic with greater agility, strength, and resiliency.

April 2022 Insights

​​Blue Moon Consulting Group

​Higher Education: Crisis Management| A Proactive & Strategic Approach to Managing Reputational Risk (PDF)

As Warren Buffett is famous for saying, "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do thi​ngs differently." With that in mind, how confident are you in your school’s readiness to respond should a significant issue or crisis occur? At Blue Moon Consulting Group, we don’t believe that reputational damage should be interpreted as the inevitable outcome of a crisis. In our Higher Ed Crisis Management whitepaper, A Proactive & Strategic Approach to Managing Reputational Risk, we discuss the four components critical to effective crisis management. In an increasingly competitive higher ed marketplace where universities spend millions in building their brand, shouldn’t there be more focus on protecting it?


Student Success Benchmarking in Higher Education​

Improving student outcomes starts with understanding what motivates different types of learners and what their unique needs are. With the learning needs of many college students changing, how well do US colleges and universities serve different learner segments—in college and beyond?

March 2022 Insights​

​​​Civitas Learning

Data-Activated Email Campaigns Boost Retention at the University of Central Oklahoma

Explore how UCO's intentional use of email campaigns resulted in 321 students persisting who would have otherwise withdrawn and an additional $1.2 million in net tuition revenue cumulatively.

​February 2022 Insights​

Blue Moon Consulting Group

Leadership in Crisis: A Guide to Preparing for and Preventing Crises on Your Watch​ (PDF)

Higher education leaders are supporting increasingly sophisticated and expensive branding campaigns to differentiate their institutions. Yet, all that work, time, and money has the potential to be undone by one major crisis. As a leader at your school, you are the steward of your institution’s reputation. It is imperative you give at least half as much focus and time to reputational risk management—essentially protecting your school’s reputation—as you do to building its brand.


Sandhills Community College Expands Student Impact With High-Touch IT Service

Sandhills Community College, founded in 1963, is a member of the North Carolina Community College System. As the first community college to offer a transfer program in the state, Sandhills has a rich legacy of preparing all members of its diverse student body to meet their future goals. To improve accessibility and strategic alignment specifically with its information technology (IT) and e-learning divisions, Sandhills collaborated with Huron through Huron’s social alliance program.

January 2022 Insights


Significant risks facing higher education: Volume 2 (PDF)​

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated and accelerated many of the longer-term challenges existing in the higher education sector. Institutions that utilize an enterprise-level approach to risk management may be better positioned to proactively respond to the evolving risk landscape.​​

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