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Insights from ACE Corporate Members

December 30, 1899



Corporate Membership Program

ACE's Corporate Membership program strengthens the connection between the business community and higher education, bringing together leaders in both sectors to address key issues our institutions face today.

Below, we share case studies, insights, new products, and more from some of our members.

Insights from Our Corporate Members

AGB Search

Cultivating a Spirit of Innovation on Campus

Innovation and entrepreneurship have become significant strategic initiatives at higher education institutions, but how do institution leaders foster a culture of innovation on campus? Dr. Melissa Trotta, associate managing principal of Washington, DC-based AGB Search, interviewed Dr. Rod McDavis , managing principal of AGB Search, to get his take on this important topic. Dr. McDavis spent 28 years in higher education administration, most recently as president of Ohio University for 13 years.


A new partnership between the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) and digital credentials platform Credly is converting job training into a labor market currency that employees at ACE CREDIT-participating companies can use to advance both their educations and careers. ACE CREDIT participant Americorps launched with credentials bearing an ACE CREDIT endorsement , evidencing program rigor and college credit eligibility. Digital credentials are portable, data-rich representations of knowledge and skills shareable online via professional networks, or on job applications or e-portfolios. 

Digital Measures 

Radford University Demonstrates Faculty Influence on Student Success

High-impact practices and innovations in the classroom are key performance indicators when considering strategic priorities like student success and retention. Moving from paper-based faculty reporting to a faculty activity database helped Radford University better understand and support the innovative practices and effective teaching that contribute to student success. Radford University Demonstrates Faculty Influence on Student Success 


Engaging Employees Using Virtual Education

Have you wondered how employees prefer to access education? Or whether virtual education —webinars, webcasts and on-demand sessions—are as effective as on-site programs? You might be surprised by the answers. 

This charticle offers tips for engaging and educating employees, and the value of an omni-channel engagement strategy. The tips are based on trends in virtual learning and their effectiveness. 

This piece is available at, Flipping Education , and includes a link to an on-demand workshop.

Gray Associates

Program Evaluation System

To make great program decisions, you need good market data (including student demand, employment, and competition), systems to analyze it, and a sound decision-making process. In this whitepaper​, read a case study and explore Gray Associates’ Program Evaluation System (PES), which provides custom data and scoring rubrics to help you determine which programs to:

  • Start: Identify new programs in promising markets
  • Stop: Flag weak programs in tough markets
  • Grow: Highlight existing programs in healthy markets


Upgraded by Hobsons

Upgraded by Hobsons is a monthly podcast series about student success and education. In a recent episode of Upgraded: Extra Credits titled “Diversity on Campus: What Lies Ahead ,” University of Northern Iowa student Mason Greer discusses his experience with racism, and ACE Assistant Vice President Lorelle Espinosa shares thoughts and analysis about diversity and inclusion. In an excerpt from another episode, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) President Freeman Hrabowski talks about how graduation rates have changed over time, what we need to do now to help more minorities get into college, and the power of our thoughts. 


Presidential Searches: Why Spring is the New Fall

As we know, the average presidency at U.S. universities is shrinking. Not only is the average tenure slipping down from 7–8 years to 3–5 years, the pool of those interested in the positions and qualified for them is also shrinking. In light of truncated terms, colleges and universities must be strategic in their selection process. Here, Hyatt-Fennell shares a new model that allows colleges and universities to attract an increased number and higher caliber of candidates. 


Innovation in Higher Education

This article examines how three unique institutions —Brigham Young University-Idaho, Grove City College, and Drexel University—are reinventing themselves through technology and revolutionizing student success in higher education. Based on first-hand, campus leader accounts, it exemplifies the challenges each of these institutions have faced, as well as the innovative tools and solutions they used to succeed. Challenging outdated, status quo methodologies, these institutions are implementing industry-leading solutions, paving the way for the future of higher education. 

Student Connections

Free College?  An imperfect solution for a big problem

Did you know that more than 20 states have already enacted some form of free college tuition at public institutions and/or community colleges, or currently have legislation to start offering this type of benefit?   Generally, these programs provide “last dollar” grants to cover whatever tuition and fees are left after financial aid and other grants are applied.  We know that college costs rise at about 3 to 5 percent each year and that family incomes are not keeping up.  So “free college” is a good idea, right?

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