Curricular Malleability

 Not all aspects of higher education are inherently flexible.  Accrediting bodies place stringent demands on certain departments; proposals for new or modified majors require a rationale, an assessment plan, and supporting documents—including syllabi for courses that may not yet exist; college-wide programs, such as NWCore, may require a faculty vote before changes can be made; […]

Split / Hybrid / Online Classes

Not only can enrollment be increased through transfer students, perceptions regarding online education are changing.  According to the 2019 Online Education Trends Report, 99% of administrators found that demand for online education has increased or stayed the same over the past few years. In 2018, 73% of schools made a decision to offer online programs based […]

Non-traditional Student Success Director

 Currently, transfer students into our traditional programs can get lost in the shuffle with getting integrated within the community. Tinto (1993) posited that undergraduate students’ persistence is influenced not only by their own characteristics, goals, and commitments but also by their experiences academically and socially within the institution. Academic experiences include interaction with staff […]

Transfer Friendly Policies and Processes

Problem/Opportunity Within the January 2019 Inside Higher Ed publication entitled, What College Students Need Most, David Cunningham emphasized that advanced education is not just about getting a job.  It’s about finding your calling.  The language of vocation or calling has become more popular because, while it addresses many quality-of-life issues, it does not neglect the pressures felt by […]

Skill-based learning

To many people, vocational education has often meant learning a trade, but a more profound and important meaning of the term has been coming back into use. Cunningham, D.S. (2019). What college students need most. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from

Hybrid/Online Course Resources

As the demand for online education increases, schools are responding by offering new degree programs every year. The online education space has grown rapidly in recent years, and the variety of programmatic options available can be overwhelming to prospective students. The third annual Online Education Trends report provides the latest look at online learner demographics, […]

Hybrid/Online Course Resources

This report outlines distance education trends across the US for 2018. Online enrollments have grown nationally for the fourteenth straight year, specifically for public and not-for-profit institutions. Seaman, J.E., Allen, I.E., & Seaman, J. (2018). Grade increase: Tracking distance education in the United States. [Annual Report]. Retrieved from

Hybrid/Online Course Resources

Some colleges are paying instructors to learn to teach online, and offering others incentives — such as priority scheduling — for those teaching hybrid courses. Lieberman, M. (2017). Shocker: Professors like to be Paid. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from