Building a Resilient Organization
Article Leaders must prepare their organizations to face disasters and other unplanned disruptions, says one business executive.
Don't Dehumanize Your Organization
Article Marketer and entrepreneur Seth Godin says that organizations should learn from the many managerial mistakes made at airports.
The Politics of Gaining Internal Support
Article Advancement managers who understand the leadership characteristics of their campus executives are more likely to garner support for their programs, says a CASE faculty member.
The Mindful Development Officer
CURRENTS Article Veteran advancement officer Deb Taft offer tips for reaching out to diverse alumni and volunteers and ensuring they're involved in meaningful ways.
Expert Offers Tips on Removing Barriers to Advancement Work
Article Many advancement professionals know what they need to do to make their institutions more successful at alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing. But outdated IT systems, a heavy workload, bureaucracy and other obstacles often stand in their way. Tricia King of Birkbeck, University of London, offered tips on how to negotiate through these and other challenges during a workshop at the recent CASE Europe Annual Conference in Manchester, England.
CURRENTS Article This article looks at the way communications and marketing offices are changing how they work and realigning their staff in light of technological advances, the increased use of mobile communications and social media, the strategic importance of online communications and marketing, and how these changes have affected campus relationships, such as the role of admissions marketing.
Sample Collection The CASE InfoCenter maintains this collection of advancement organizational charts for many types of institutions.
Odds and Ends: Orchestrating Change
CURRENTS Article In this interview, conductor and author Roger Nierenberg talks to CURRENTS about his work helping organizations better understand leadership and collaboration by observing and interacting with a working orchestra, what society loses when music education is eliminated, and why music is not relaxing.
Community College Foundations: An Analysis of a Survey Conducted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
White Paper This white paper on the structure and staffing of community college foundations reports the results of a CASE survey conducted in 2010. The survey asked community college foundation leaders to respond to questions about board and governance, staffing, alumni relations, budget/funding, fundraising/private support, campaigns, major gifts, endowment and donor outreach.
Merger Mania Spreads to Higher Ed
Article A new policy brief concludes that mergers between higher education institutions may become more common as a result of the current economic climate and “unprecedented business consolidations.”
CURRENTS Article Institutions of higher education are under increasing financial and competitive pressure, and this trend will push advancement to the forefront on campuses around the globe. This book excerpt addresses how these changes will affect what you do, and how you do it.
AdvanceWork: Staying Power
CURRENTS Article Booz Allen Hamilton asked a panel of scholars to identify the 10 “Most Enduring Institutions” of the past century using these criteria: innovative capabilities, governance and leadership, information flow, culture and values, adaptive response, risk structure, and legitimacy. This article discusses how the list was assembled and why Oxford University and Dartmouth College made the cut.
Turbulence at Ground Level
CURRENTS Article As higher education institutions close and consolidate at unprecedented rates, advancement officers can play a vital role in assessing their institutions’ vulnerabilities. The authors present six warning signs and corresponding recovery strategies, with special attention to how advancement officers can help. This article is of interest to managers of development, alumni relations, and communications programs, as well as campus CEOs.
Closing Remarks: Passing Fads
CURRENTS Article Colleges and universities certainly resemble businesses in some ways, but the differences between them are profound. Unfortunately, the more they model themselves on business, the more likely business solutions are prescribed for their problems. Many recent management fads have surfaced over the past 30 years, and all of them have failed on campus. Here are 10 tips to help you reap the benefits of fads without withering from their potential costs.
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