“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
- William Penn
Let’s face it; the reality is that expectations are changing. Colleges and Universities are expected to improve student outcomes and competition for student enrollments is fierce. To be successful will require innovation and administrators are at the forefront of this charge. But like most professionals, your day is spent wearing many different hats. Your time is consumed with meetings and emails and you’re always connected with your smart phone. Higher education is constantly changing and there is a wealth of information on which you need to remain current; PCI DSS 3.0, FERPA and the Negotiated Rule Making Committee are just a few examples.
So how do you find time to stay current on the latest developments and get ideas to help you innovate at your school? Reading industry blogs is a great way to start! The blogosphere has evolved from personal web logs and online journals in its infancy to the environment today where experts from many different industries share their insight and analysis on a variety of topics. Industry blogs provide a way for you to stay up to date on the issues facing higher education, remain current on evolving regulations and help spark new ideas. In many cases, most of the heavy lifting is done for you as information on often vast and complex topics has been synthesized into a concise blog post easily digestible in a short period of your valuable time.
To help get you started, we’ve compiled a list of five blogs that focus on various aspects of higher education.
Eduventures is a research and advisory firm focused exclusively on analyzing the forces transforming higher education. Their blog “Wake Up Call” posts new content every Tuesday morning on a variety of topics such as enrollment management, outcomes and policy, just to name a few. They also have a tech alert posted every Friday briefing readers on issues in the higher education technology space. Their posts are very insightful and informative and will provide you with actionable information.
Read more here: http://www.eduventures.com/wake-up-call/
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is a primary source of news and information for college and university administrators and faculty. They have more than 70 writers, editors and international correspondents and their website features blogs on topics ranging from admissions/enrollment and higher education research to technology and education.
Read more here: http://chronicle.com/section/Blogs/164/
HubSpot is an inbound marketing company formed in 2006 with the belief that people have transformed the way they consume information but businesses have not adapted. Their philosophy is to create customer experiences that are engaging, relevant and personal to attract potential customers. Many colleges and universities have adopted the inbound marketing approach as part of the recruitment process. HubSpot has an ongoing library of posts on the topic as it pertains to higher education recruitment. Their posts are concise, entertaining and will provide you with a number of takeaways to help get you started.
Read more here: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/topic/education
Educause is a nonprofit association that helps those who lead, manage and use information technology to shape IT decisions at every level within higher education. The Educause staff analyzes current topics and themes important to higher education on a regular basis available via the Educause blog. Popular topics include Cyber Security, Privacy and Identity and Access Management. If technology is a topic on your radar, this blog will serve as an excellent resource.
Read more here: http://www.educause.edu/blogs
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed is the online source for news, opinions and jobs for higher education. As such, their blog focuses on many different topics such as the “StratEDdgy” blog, which is intended to be a hub for discussion about strategy and competition in higher education and the “Call to Action” blog which is an ongoing discussion about the ways colleges and universities market and communicate about higher education and the collegiate experience. The posts are informative and thought provoking and are a great way to enrich your day.
Read more here: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs
We hope you find these blogs informative, insightful and a great way to stay current on the topics and issues impacting higher education today. Perhaps most importantly, we hope you’ll find these blogs a great use of your valuable time and maybe even help spark a few ideas!