9 episodes

Higher education is GROWING. Higher Education is succeeding. Students with degrees are being employed faster than ever. These are the stories behind the success.

Welcome to GROW GROW GROW, a podcast that turns the spotlight on the success that is happening in higher education. Our guests are true leaders in higher education and have made a huge impact on their campuses and in the communities they serve. These stories come from many different areas across the institution, from people with diverse job titles.

Grow Grow Grow: Stories of Success in Higher Education Robert Gray Atkins

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Higher education is GROWING. Higher Education is succeeding. Students with degrees are being employed faster than ever. These are the stories behind the success.

Welcome to GROW GROW GROW, a podcast that turns the spotlight on the success that is happening in higher education. Our guests are true leaders in higher education and have made a huge impact on their campuses and in the communities they serve. These stories come from many different areas across the institution, from people with diverse job titles.

    "Revitalizing Liberal Arts Colleges: Innovative Strategies for Growth and Adaptation

    "Revitalizing Liberal Arts Colleges: Innovative Strategies for Growth and Adaptation

    In this episode of "Grow, Grow, Grow," host Bob Atkins discusses the revitalization of small liberal arts colleges with Jeffrey Docking, President of Adrian College, and Kevin Harrington, President of Rize Education. They explore the challenges faced by Adrian University in 2005, including declining enrollment and financial struggles, and the strategies implemented to reverse this trend.

    Jeffrey Docking shares the success story of Adrian College, emphasizing the expansion of athletic programs and the introduction of innovative, high-demand academic majors. He highlights the collaboration with Kevin Harrington and Rize Education to develop a platform for sharing centralized curriculum and resources, enabling the rapid and cost-effective launch of new majors in tech-oriented fields.

    Kevin Harrington discusses the role of Rize Education in supporting small colleges, focusing on creating majors that align with student interests and job market demands.

    The episode wraps up with insights into the positive reception of these changes by faculty and students at Adrian College, showcasing how innovative strategies have led to increased enrollment and improved financial stability.

    Listeners gain insights into effective methods for adapting small liberal arts colleges to meet contemporary educational and market needs.

    • 52 min
    Unleashing Hidden Growth Avenues in Higher Education: A Deep Dive with Lamar University and Ad Astra

    Unleashing Hidden Growth Avenues in Higher Education: A Deep Dive with Lamar University and Ad Astra

    Join Robert Atkins, Sarah Collins from Ad Astra, and David Short from Lamar University as they explore creative pathways to growth in higher education. Dive into a discussion on the power of strategic scheduling, informed by actionable data, as a potent tool for increasing student enrollment and boosting revenue.

    Discover how Lamar University’s real-time adjustments during enrollment significantly impacted registration numbers and student retention. Listen as they explore the intricate dance between course availability, enrollment, and demand, and understand how a student-centric approach to scheduling can positively influence student outcomes and financial stability.

    Tune in for a compact yet insightful dialogue that challenges traditional paradigms and presents innovative, data-driven strategies for sustained growth in the complex world of higher education.

    • 42 min
    Innovating Higher Education: A Conversation with Augustana University

    Innovating Higher Education: A Conversation with Augustana University

     In this episode, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, president of Augustana University, and Shannan Nelson, executive vice president and CFO at Augustana, discuss the strategies and initiatives employed by Augustana University to foster growth and innovation in higher education. They discuss various academic programs and ventures that have contributed to the university's expansion, focusing on the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, which combines online coursework with in-person clinical experience to provide an efficient and high-quality education. Additionally, they explore integrating artificial intelligence (AI) in the curriculum in both computer science and applied AI across disciplines. The conversation highlights the importance of adaptability, community engagement, and leveraging AI to stay at the forefront of higher education in an evolving landscape.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Navigating Growth and Innovation in Higher Education: Insights from George Burnett former President of North Central University

    Navigating Growth and Innovation in Higher Education: Insights from George Burnett former President of North Central University

    Join host Bob Atkins for an insightful episode of Grow Grow Grow as he converses with George Burnett, former President of Northcentral University. Together, they unveil the strategies and solutions essential for expanding enrollment within the evolving landscape of higher education. In their in-depth discussion, George and Bob illuminate key insights, including:

    How rising interest rates and shifting degree perceptions impact enrollment strategies

    The pivotal role of program diversification and varied modalities for growth and adaptability

    How certificates and non-traditional offerings can attract diverse students and enrich academic portfolios

    The importance of redefining marketing approaches to resonate with digital-savvy prospective students

    The significance of staying ahead in technology-driven education and ensuring optimal support for online learners. 

    How to embrace innovation while staying rooted in institutional values for sustained growth

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Empowering Education: Bay Path University Journey of Diversification and Growth with Dr. Tom Loper Associate Provost/Dean of Arts, Science, and Management

    Empowering Education: Bay Path University Journey of Diversification and Growth with Dr. Tom Loper Associate Provost/Dean of Arts, Science, and Management

    In this episode, Dr. Tom Loper Associate Provost/Dean of Arts, Science, and Management at Baypath University, discusses the initial challenges faced as a women's only college and how they diversified their programs to attract adult learners and pursued graduate programs to achieve growth.

    Baypath focused on market research to understand regional needs and employers' demands, which led them to develop new cybersecurity and applied data science programs.

    The university heavily invested in online teaching capabilities and content marketing for program-specific marketing.

    The conversation highlighted the importance of working with the market in mind and using data to make informed decisions and drive growth.

    • 54 min
    Breaking Barriers: Creating an Inclusive Future in Higher Education with Matthew Crellin, Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Crellin

    Breaking Barriers: Creating an Inclusive Future in Higher Education with Matthew Crellin, Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Crellin

    In the third episode of Grow Grow Grow, Bob Atkins welcomes Matthew Crellin, Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for a thought-provoking conversation on the financial implications of underrepresented groups not attending college. Join them as they dive into effective strategies to address this challenge head-on and create a more inclusive environment in higher education. Discover how enrollment can be increased and underrepresented minorities can be attracted to reshape the landscape of higher education and foster equitable student success.

    • 54 min

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