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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NEW: May 2021 Insights

AGB Search

Human Resources in Higher Education: A Renewed Appreciation

As we move from pandemic to endemic, the importance of understanding community, student, and faculty trends in higher education cannot be overstated, and by addressing issues in each of these areas, Human Resources plays a central role in strategic people planning and leadership. AGB Search Principals Monica Burton and Peggy Plympton hosted Human Resources in Higher Education: A Renewed Appreciation, a virtual breakfast session dedicated to discussing these trends in higher education Human Resources with an emphasis on developments and challenges during the pandemic.

Barnes and Noble College

Student Perspectives: How Equitable Access Influenced Enrollment & Academic Performance

Course materials play a vital role in students’ success, yet over 50% were unprepared for first day of class in 2020. Many approaches to course material delivery simply cannot ensure the accessibility and affordability today’s students require. With operational alterations, institutions can provide the financial and academic support students need to be successful, including universal access to academic resources. Learn about the success of this innovative model already implemented at a diverse set of institutions.


Seven Principles for Effective Change Management

Effective transformation requires an enterprise-wide approach to improve and enhance organizational models, operating processes, technology, leadership, and talent models. Yet in many cases, the organization’s resources are focused solely on the project itself and not on stakeholder commitment. To improve the odds of implementing an effective change management initiative in your higher education institution, take these seven principles to heart.


The Skills Revolution: A Call for Co-Creation & Collaboration Between Employers and Higher Education

The pandemic has renewed a collective sense of urgency to reskill and upskill the workforce. As employers rethink how they teach, train and grow talent, higher ed has an opportunity to meet the demand for experiential learning.

April 2021 Insights

Civitas Learning

Infographic - How Student Success Initiatives Are Closing Achievement Gaps

Student Success can’t be one-size-fits-all. Neither can improving equity. Emerging trends from 300 student success initiatives show that higher ed’s policies and programs have different effects on different student populations. Key findings highlight that intersectionality matters for a more focused, proactive approach to student care and that advising and degree planning help historically underserved populations more consistently than any other initiative studied. Find out more about programs that are improving or limiting equitable outcomes today.

Academic Search

COVID-19 Impacts on Leadership Transitions and the Search Process

Many institutional leaders who may have been considering retirement or a move decided to delay their plans, and search work came to a standstill late last spring. As the COVID-19 crisis continued on, uncertainty and limited resources made contracting with an executive search firm more challenging for many institutions, resulting in recruitment of position openings being managed internally in many instances. The typical search process and more common search calendar has changed in ways that not only accommodate the world in which we currently live but we suspect will become part of the “new normal” in a post-pandemic period.


The Unbound University: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Employment

Recent economic volatility and rising unemployment caused by the pandemic has seemingly only intensified pressure on universities to equip students with in-demand skills. To better understand the skills proficiency gaps that exist between graduating students and working professionals, Coursera recently conducted research on current learner skillsets. Discover the areas in which universities can use online learning to help bridge the employability gap, implement blended learning, and support lifelong learning for their students and faculty.


Building Post-COVID Adaptable Workplaces for Higher Ed

COVID-19 expedited changes in higher education that many predicted would happen over decades, forcing those seemingly distant changes to happen within weeks. The vision for what the workplace in higher education looks like next has moved beyond the traditional binary choice of onsite or telework. Can institutions designed around in-person interactions transform into hubs brimming with innovation enabled by an adaptive workplace? A recent Deloitte report explores how institutions can transform into hubs brimming with innovation enabled by an Adaptive Workplace.

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.

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