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Financial Performance

Ultimately, a school’s financial performance tells the story of its overall success. Colleges must be self-sustaining and rely as little as possible on outside sources of funding. Whether your college is classified as a non-profit or for-profit entity, a comprehensive...

Accreditation

Accreditation is critical component of college management needs to be at the center of everything you do. Develop a culture of evidence and continuous improvement that positions your college to earn initial accreditation or maintain continued accreditation with...

Professional Development

Training that better prepares individuals in the functional task related to their roles is professional development. Faculty can benefit from ongoing professional development to hone their classroom management skills, introduce them to new concepts in student...

Student Services

Student Services addresses services beyond the classroom experience that touch the lives of students. Residence halls, dining facilities, buildings and technology are the concrete elements of student services, while student satisfaction and campus culture address the...

Academics & Assessment

Academics is the key performance area around which our colleges operate. This area includes program and portfolio design, delivery and assessment methodology, academic support services (i.e. library, learning centers, writing labs), and effectiveness measurements that...

Program Design

Managing new program design in the midst of daily operations is often a difficult task. Depending on your institution’s resources, College Matters can provide full program outlines that can be personalized by your faculty for your market, serve as the project manager...

Employee Training

Employee training deals with skills that are common to all employees within an organization as opposed to the professional development that is functionally specific. Topics that are of interest to cross functional groups are delivered under the umbrella of employee...

Program Portfolios

Keeping track of all the components of a program of study can be a difficult task, but program portfolios that are well organized and contain all the vital information that comprises each degree program can be a very important tool that provides an at-a-glance look at...

Coaching Students

First-time college students often have a number of obstacles to overcome to be able to focus on their academics and stay in school. We have seen many schools redesign their student services programs over the years, moving from advising to counseling to mentoring and...

Campus Activities

Student engagement is the primary reason to have activities that draw students into the college and into the learning community. Clubs, activities, study groups, sports, the arts, and a myriad of other campus activities can be used to engage students and keep them...

Career Services / Placement

There has been a huge shift even in Liberal Arts Colleges toward measuring the effectiveness of a college degree by increasing earning power. Whether or not you agree with this philosophically, research is telling us that students will use that test to measure how...

Learning Assessment

The latest buzzword in institutional effectiveness—and the featured topic of many accreditation conferences—learning assessment is a multifaceted process that requires diligent attention to details including documentation. Each institution’s outcomes are different and...