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December 2008
Volume 6 Issue 12

Research and News of Note
U.S. Falling Behind in College Enrollment, Completion

A new report says that economic pressures and decreased high school graduation rates continue to take a toll on higher education enrollment and completion in the United States.

CASE, New York Times Knowledge Network to Tackle Advancement Challenges in Webinar

CASE and the New York Times Knowledge Network have teamed up to present a 90-minute online seminar on Jan. 27 that will address the fundraising challenges of educational institutions in today’s tough economy.

Study Explores Communications Characteristics of Top Institutions

Communications and marketing offices at the world’s top universities employ integrated strategies to reach stakeholders.

Strong Parent Programs Generate Engagement, Support

Parents are as important to schools, colleges and universities as alumni and donors and should be treated accordingly.

Ask Strategic Questions and Listen to Reach Donors

What’s the best way to engage donors and generate interest in your institution?

Relationship-Building Key to Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

All volunteers have three things in common: they care about the cause or institution, they want to enjoy their experience and they need to know they are valued.

Advancement Staff Can Stay Close to Donors During a Downturn

With the grim economic news, some might believe this is a time to hibernate and limit contact with donors. But experts say just the opposite is true.

Inside CASE
Call Issued for Distinguished Service Awards Nominations

Recognize the exceptional work of alumni, donors, colleagues or friends of your institution by nominating them for a CASE Distinguished Service Award.

CASE Trustees Review Governance Structure, Update Mission Statement

The CASE Board of Trustees met Nov. 19 and 20 in Washington, D.C., to discuss CASE’s international governance structure, preview a redesign of a new CASE Web site under development, and review the new online membership directory launched in October.

26 Days and Counting to CASE-NAIS

There’s still time to register for the 2009 CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference, which takes place Jan. 11-13 in Denver, Colo.

Winners of Higher Education State Relations Awards Named

Two higher education state government relations professionals who increased public support and advanced their institutions through consensus-building and creative leadership are the 2008 recipients of the Service Awards in State Government Relations.

Nominations Open for Outstanding Research, Writing Awards

CASE is accepting nominations for three prestigious research and writing awards through Feb. 20, 2009.

U.S. Federal Relations News
IRS to Continue Scrutiny of Colleges and Universities in 2009

The Internal Revenue Service will continue to closely examine the activities of colleges and universities next year.

CASE District News

District I: "Charting the Course," the 2009 conference, takes place in Boston on March 9-11. This year's event features an enhanced mentoring program, an expanded Emerging Leaders track and the ever-popular New Advancement Professionals program. Registration is open.

The 2008-09 breakfast series continues on Friday, Jan.23, with "Presidents and Heads of School: Insights, Expectations and Lessons Learned in Advancement" at Lasell College in Newton, Mass. The speakers are Phil Peck, head of school, Holderness School, and Paula Rooney, president, Dean College.

The presentation, which includes a continental breakfast, runs from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Registration and networking begin at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $45 for CASE members and $65 for non-members.

District II: The 2009 conference, "Charting the Future," which takes place March 22-24 in Baltimore, Md., will feature programming for advancement shops of all sizes and all areas of focus. The conference will offer four pre-conference workshops and more than 30 sessions.

Those planning to attend can register and make hotel reservations now.

District III: The 2009 conference, "Step It Up!," takes place Feb. 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. The early-bird discount is available through Dec. 22. Workshops will be offered in seven tracks in addition to five pre-conference workshops and a roundtable. (For the first time, the conference has been approved to deliver credit toward earning CFRE credentials.) Get details and register.

District V: See a listing of grants awarded to CASE V institutions, and get the latest information on district happenings-along with a look at a notable campus image. They're all on the district's Web site.

District VI: Members are invited to "Exhilarate!" their minds, bodies and spirits at the 2009 conference, which takes place Jan. 25-27 in Kansas City, Mo. Registration is open; session titles are available under the "programming" tab.

District VIII: "Taking Flight," the 2009 conference, takes place Feb. 18-20 in downtown Seattle, Wash. Register by Jan. 7 to receive an early-bird discount.

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