Michael G. Dolence and Associates

Consultants to Higher Education. We have served over 800 colleges, universities, agencies, organizat Michael G.

Dolence and Associates has developed and sustains an intense focus on the future of education and meeting both the challenges and opportunities it presents. To be effective in the 21st century educational entities must first deeply understand the emerging Learning Age and develop academic strategies consistent with its defining realities and requirements. Academic enterprises must then plan for th

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“Investing in the Future: Sharing Responsibility for Higher Education Attainment” New Report 01/26/2017

Final report of the National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education released [download full report (PDF) ] [download Executive Summary only (PDF) ] The Report is the work of the 14-member National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education led by two former governors and includes two state legislators, five university presidents and five private sector CEOs. [ 285 more words ]

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“Investing in the Future: Sharing Responsibility for Higher Education Attainment” New Report Final report of the National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education released [download full report (PDF) ] [download Executive Summary only (PDF) ] The Report is the work of the 14-m…

Preview Released of the 2017 NMC Horizon Report 01/24/2017

I am continuously surprised how far behind too many academics are with respect to digital learning environments, strategies, innovations, and influence on curriculum design, development, deployment toward the emergence of High Performance Learning Environments. This is not by any means everyone but the community is slow compared to the pace of change and the rapidity with which a new global digital learning environment is taking shape. [ 363 more words ]

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Preview Released of the 2017 NMC Horizon Report I am continuously surprised how far behind too many academics are with respect to digital learning environments, strategies, innovations, and influence on curriculum design, development, deployment…

Integrated Academic Strategic Enrollment Planning: Part 9 03/08/2016

In our practice, we encounter a lot of confusion and misguided understandings concerning what Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) and especially, what planning Academic SEM is about (see 50 Losing SEM Strategies). The laments around planning are numerous, "too complex, too big, too long term, make it simple, I need a quick fix..." blah, blah, blah. The cold hard truth is that Academic SEM is not simple and it is a primary reason why it is such an important emerging profession. [ 991 more words. ]

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Integrated Academic Strategic Enrollment Planning: Part 9   In our practice, we encounter a lot of confusion and misguided understandings concerning what Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) and especially, what planning Academic SEM is about (see 5…

Overview of MGDA Curriculum Projects 02/12/2016

MGDA works with curriculum across the entire spectrum of institutional types (see Carnegie Classifications) to enhance curriculum design, development, market value, learning experience, and competitiveness. A few examples are outlined below. In our engagements with clients, we use a variety of methods, tools, and models we have developed over the years to understand and enhance curriculum architecture, program of study design, course design, assessments, and learning experiences. [ 51 more words. ]

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Overview of MGDA Curriculum Projects MGDA works with curriculum across the entire spectrum of institutional types (see Carnegie Classifications) to enhance curriculum design, development, market value, learning experience, and competi...

Overview of MGDA Academic SEM Projects 02/11/2016

One of the great quotes in contemporary American politics: "It's the Economy Stupid" - James Carville (circa 1992 serving as chief campaign strategist) during the first Clinton campaign for President. I often think back to that campaign for the Presidency of the United States and the impact those few words had on the outcome of the election. It brings to mind a nagging malaise among a number of client institutions who wish to energize their recruitment and retention success. [ 558 more words. ]

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Overview of MGDA Academic SEM Projects One of the great quotes in contemporary American politics: "It's the Economy Stupid" - James Carville (circa 1992 serving as chief campaign strategist) during the first Clinton campaign for Preside...

Compliance as a University Wide (Enterprise) Issue 08/17/2015

The compliance problem is exacerbated by the sheer volume of mandates—approximately 2,000 pages of text—and the reality that the Department of Education issues official guidance to amend or clarify its rules at a rate of more than one document per work day. As a result, colleges and universities find themselves enmeshed in a jungle of red tape, facing rules that are often confusing and difficult to comply with. [ 422 more words. ]

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Compliance as a University Wide (Enterprise) Issue The compliance problem is exacerbated by the sheer volume of mandates—approximately 2,000 pages of text—and the reality that the Department of Education issues official guidance to amend or clarify...

Future Proofing Your Strategic Plan, January 2016 08/05/2015

January 20-22, 2016, Claremont California The design of the Institute for Future Proofing Your Strategic Plan, 2016 recognizes that strategic plans developed under a 20th century paradigm and context do not adequately prepare institutions for the realities of the emerging global digital learning ecosystem. There is mounting evidence that the condition of higher education grows more ominous. (Higher Education: Apocalypse Now?) [ 691 more words. ]

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Future Proofing Your Strategic Plan, January 2016   January 20-22, 2016, Claremont California The design of the Institute for Future Proofing Your Strategic Plan, 2016 recognizes that strategic plans developed under a 20th century paradigm an...

Understanding Accumulated Student Debt, Rising Tuition, Public Policy 08/03/2015

The impact of accumulated debt on federal financial aid policy/funding, state financing of higher education, institutional enrollment strategies, and student college going decisions is complex and difficult to unravel. The New York Federal Reserve Bank has released a staff report contributing to the understanding of the complex intertwined dynamics that deserves a thorough read and discussion at the institutional strategy level. [ 810 more words. ]

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Understanding Accumulated Student Debt, Rising Tuition, Public Policy The impact of accumulated debt on federal financial aid policy/funding, state financing of higher education, institutional enrollment strategies, and student college going decisions is complex and ...

Curriculum Development & Revitalization Workshop 07/28/2015

October 19-21, 2015, Claremont California The Academic SEM Curriculum Development & Revitalization Workshop (view agenda) recognizes that enrollment performance and the quality of the curriculum can both be significantly enhanced when curriculum is prepared, aligned, reengineered, or tweaked with enrollment markets in mind. The workshop articulates methods to recalibrate fundamental curriculum design and content to better align with the enrollment marketplace. [ 751 more words. ]

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Curriculum Development & Revitalization Workshop   October 19-21, 2015, Claremont California The Academic SEM Curriculum Development & Revitalization Workshop  (view agenda) recognizes that enrollment performance and the quality of the c...

Losing SEM Strategies 06/11/2015

"We had some pretty good candidates for our SEM leader but in the end I went with the bubbly, energetic, very positive attitude over the experience because the experience one dwelled too much on the challenges and problems. I think attitude wins over experience." - President on selection of a VP for Enrollment Management "I really don't want to hear about long term anything. [ 220 more words. ]

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Losing SEM Strategies "We had some pretty good candidates for our SEM leader but in the end I went with the bubbly, energetic, very positive attitude over the experience because the experience one dwelled too much on th...

NASA’s Evolving Technology Strategy: What can Higher Education Learn? 06/02/2015

The three foundational elements of NASA's evolving technology strategy include Roadmaps for 15 Technologies, a Strategic Technology Investment Plan (STIP), and a software system to integrate and manage it all called TechPort. In 2010, NASA developed a set of Technology Roadmaps to guide the development of space technologies. The draft 2015 NASA Technology Roadmaps expand and update the original roadmaps, providing extensive details about anticipated NASA mission capabilities and associated technology development needs. [ 598 more words. ]

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NASA’s Evolving Technology Strategy: What can Higher Education Learn? The three foundational elements of NASA's evolving technology strategy include Roadmaps for 15 Technologies, a Strategic Technology Investment Plan (STIP), and a software system to integrate and ma...

Academic SEM Strategy: Sustainability 05/29/2015

Michael G. Dolence & Associates, Volume 2015, Number 4 Innovation in Higher Education Newsletter Academic Strategies will determine enrollment success and the future sustainability of Higher Education because curriculum drives enrollment, enrollment drives revenue and revenue drives everything else. Consider… The Postsecondary Education Conundrum “Postsecondary education in the United States faces a conundrum: Can we preserve access, help students learn more and finish their degrees sooner and more often, while keeping college affordable for families, all at the same time? [ 580 more words. ]

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Academic SEM Strategy: Sustainability Michael G. Dolence & Associates, Volume 2015, Number 4 Innovation in Higher Education Newsletter Academic Strategies will determine enrollment success and the future sustainability of Higher Ed...

Academic Strategic Enrollment Management and Sustainability 2015 05/15/2015

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Academic Strategic Enrollment Management and Sustainability 2015 When: June 22 - 24, 2015 Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Claremont, California Strategies for Enrollment and Fiscal Sustainability The design of the Institute for Academic Strategic Enrollment Management and Sustainability recognizes that academic leadership and enrollment management professionals must join forces in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of higher education as it is carried into the future by the paradigm shift to a global digital learning ecosystem. [ 984 more words. ]

Federal Financial Aid: 3 Part Documentary Available 05/12/2015

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Federal Financial Aid: 3 Part Documentary Available Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Student Aid The Lumina Foundation has posted a three part documentary on the policy and the political origins of U.S. federal financial aid programs. These resources are a great background training for student affairs professionals, academic leaders, and enrollment management professionals. In addition to the three videos below, you may wish to explore: [ 128 more words. ]

Academic SEM Strategy: The iMBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign College of... 05/08/2015

Academic SEM Strategy: The iMBA the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign College of Business

Academic SEM Strategy: The iMBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign College of... The UIUC iMBA is expected to launch in 2016, and be priced at $20,000 or so. The digital curriculum architecture is designed to serve learners in a MBA degree program of study, as well as, individuals seeking advanced practice standing in seven contemporary business communities of practice. [Coursera iMBA page] Using a strategy of interweaving Coursera MOOC courses with embedded specializations/certifications either in parallel or as precursor to the College of Business MBA, UIUC has optimized its digital curricula for multiple markets. [ 441 more words. ]

Academic SEM Strategy: 80% of admissions directors concerned about meeting enrollment goals! 04/27/2015

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Academic SEM Strategy: 80% of admissions directors concerned about meeting enrollment goals! Michael G. Dolence & Associates, Volume 2015, Number 3 Innovation in Higher Education Newsletter May 1, 2015 is only days away. It is time to reflect on what we learned last October from the prospect of persistent enrollment challenges and decline. We must anticipate our actions as the May 1 milestone hurdles us toward Fall 2015 enrollment and the fiscal and educational reality that follows. [ 693 more words. ]

MGDA Releases Two Academic SEM Professional Development Posters 04/24/2015

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MGDA Releases Two Academic SEM Professional Development Posters Academic SEM Funnel Poster MGDA01 Finally an office graphic that conveys the complexities of Academic Strategic Enrollment Management. The Poster begins with a carefully detailed Enrollment Funnel (no the funnel is not dead, in fact it is healthy and thriving). It then portrays the five integrated and complex cycles that build curriculum, develop & implement campaigns, monitor retention and attrition and evaluate SEM Performance. [ 169 more words. ]

Academic SEM Looking Ahead: Three Years from the peak in enrollments, May 1, 2014 looms large 04/23/2015

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Academic SEM Looking Ahead: Three Years from the peak in enrollments, May 1, 2014 looms large I promised a recent class of Education Graduate Students some links to tracking the roller coaster ride of enrollments over the last few years. Below are some useful links tracking trends in enrollment issues. Inside Higher Ed From Inside Higher Ed Survey: Student Populations That Will Be Target of More Attention in the Next Year Population % of Publics Agreeing… [ 86 more words. ]

A Primer on Academic Strategies 02/12/2015

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A Primer on Academic Strategies What is Academic Strategy? There are a number of perspectives from which this question can be approached. We will focus on only one in this brief. The purposeful development of academic initiative(s) designed to secure an institution’s, school’s, college’s, or program’s strategic position in the competitive global digital learning marketplace. Why are academic strategies important? Academic strategy is essential in developing quality, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability in colleges and universities. [ 1490 more words. ]

American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know® 02/02/2015

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American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know® A MUST READ Goldie Blumenstyk's new book, American Higher Education in Crisis?, should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of higher education -- faculty, trustees, executives, and government officials, as well as analysts and pundits. Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President, Georgia Regents University “American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know,” deconstructs the journey into the future for higher education by posing the key questions facing higher education, policy makers, leaders, and academics. [ 497 more words. ]

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Developing strategy is a delicate and reflective process, six interactive framing concepts help to shape all strategy. The SRS Method is designed to provide a reference point for the discussion of the six concepts. The SRS Pyramid depicts the schematic for a formal method for reviewing mission statement and developing strategy in higher education. Mission defines Sphere and Role, Vision relates Role to Strategy, Strategy redefines Strategic Position within and organizations Sphere of influence.

The SRS Pyramid frames seven interactive constructs built around and reflective of mission that shape an institution’s vision, focus its strategies, and achieve its position in the broadest global learning sphere. The SRS Pyramid recognizes that mission defines the role of an Institution within its defined sphere of influence. It is designed to provide a common reference point for structured dialog regarding each of the seven concepts and the relationships they have to mission and its fulfillment.

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What is the Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Management Model?

The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Management Model is built specifically for higher education, and centers as the name suggests, on the curriculum. It is designed to import whatever planning has already occurred in an institution avoiding the unpleasant prospect of starting over. It integrates seamlessly with accreditation self-study processes, and if implemented in time, can become the core of the accreditation process. The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Management Model can also integrate academic program review into the overall institutional strategic planning initiative providing unprecedented cohesion between academic and institutional plans. The process is designed to run continuously, refreshing itself each cycle and providing an effective communications process resulting in clear understanding among the array of both internal and external institutional constituents.

The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Management Model is conducted through seven interlocking planning activities including:
* Identification and definition of Key Performance Indicators
* Detailing of a Learner-Centered Curriculum Architecture
* Conducting an External Environmental Scan
* Conducting an Internal Environmental Scan
* Building on the knowledge and insights gained in the first four activities then engaging in strategic, operational and action planning
* Implementation and integrating plans into the management process
* Evaluation to determine effectiveness that feeds back to the internal environmental assessment

About the Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Management Model

The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Management Model was designed and developed by Michael G. Dolence, President of Michael G. Dolence and Associates, a consulting firm serving higher education and the vendors and public policy entities that engage with it worldwide. The Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Management Model is the next generation of strategic planning model that evolved from the Strategic Decision Engine published in Working Toward Strategic Change (Jossey-Bass 1996).

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OECD Report: Success of global education reforms threatened by lack of oversight. 01/21/2015

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OECD Report: Success of global education reforms threatened by lack of oversight. Released January 19, 2015 - Governments around the world are under growing pressure to improve their education systems. Rising spending is increasingly being matched by reforms to help disadvantaged children, invest in teachers and improve vocational training. But a widespread lack of evaluation of the impact of these reforms could hinder their effectiveness and hurt educational outcomes, according to a new OECD report. [ 253 more words. ]

Institute on Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Learner-Centered Curriculum 2015 01/21/2015

Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Learner-Centered Curriculum 2015

Institute on Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Learner-Centered Curriculum 2015 When: March 16 - 18, 2015 Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Claremont, California The design of the Institute for Curriculum-Centered Strategic Planning & Learner-Centered Curriculum recognizes the centrality of the learner to the curriculum and the primacy of the curriculum to the institutional strategic plan. It also recognizes that planning for education in the learning age is supported by a global digital learning ecosystem. [ 1360 more words. ]

Academic/Enrollment Strategy Clinic 01/19/2015

Academic & Enrollment Strategy Clinic
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Academic/Enrollment Strategy Clinic Welcome to the The MGD&A Academic/Enrollment Strategy Clinic recognizes that the best solutions are often informed by outside perspectives and input. What is the Academic/Enrollment Strategy C...

Academic Strategies and Master Academic Planning 2015 01/16/2015

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Academic Strategies and Master Academic Planning 2015 When: February 16 - 18, 2015 Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Claremont, California The design of the Institute for Academic Strategies and Master Academic Planning recognizes that academic leaders must plan to meet the challenges and opportunities of higher education as it is carried into the future by the paradigm shift to a global digital learning ecosystem. Without a… [ 878 more words. ]

Adult Learning Achieves Primacy Across Global Societies 01/14/2015

Adult Learning Achieves Primacy Across Global Societies
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Adult Learning Achieves Primacy Across Global Societies The number of adults engaged in formal learning around the globe in any giving year is astounding. Increasingly adult participation in learning is enabled through the robust emerging Global Digital Learning Ecosystem. Globally this is nurtured by such applications as universal language translation. Together these factors help define the rapidly evolving Learning Age. There are a number of sources for global data on adult participation rates in education and formal learning. [ 1404 more words. ]

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 01/09/2015

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Thanks to Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies for the study, keep up the good work.

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 Since 2007, Jane Hart has conducted a survey of the use of web based learning tools. She has published her results in a top 100 list annually. The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 – the results of the 8th Annual Learning Tools Survey – has been compiled from the votes of 1,038 learning professionals from 61 countries worldwide and was published on 22 September 2014… [ 63 more words. ]

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