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5 Ways to Create Better Meeting Agendas That Will Make the Most of Your Time

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 6, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Why are meeting agendas important? I volunteer on the board of a local nonprofit organization and recently attended their agenda-free meeting. The meeting started at 7 p.m. and lingered on well past 9 p.m. Little was accomplished, a couple people were especially vocal and kept the meeting squarely off topic, and by the end of it, I couldn’t wait until my term on the board was over. Unfortunately, meetings like this aren’t rare in the business or educational world. However, an effective agenda can turn a meeting that feels like a waste of time into a productive collaboration.  

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Three Types of Student Support That Increase Retention

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 21, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Students’ experiences shape their view of your school. Whether the student has a negative experience with a faculty member, has to navigate a website that isn’t intuitive or is inconvenienced with a less than satisfactory trip to the campus store, these circumstances have the ability to influence their overall opinion about the school. A series of good encounters can demonstrate that your institution cares about his or her success, rather than sending him or her to that hard to reach, at-risk category.

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Are Your Committee Meetings Effective or Prohibitive?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 17, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Meetings can often feel like the enemy of progress. They can break up our days into odd chunks, prevent or interrupt deep work, and they can negatively effect workplace satisfaction. Despite downsides, meetings can also increase communication and collaboration, ideally producing a better end result. Committee meetings aren’t an exception. To ensure the time you commit to committee meetings is beneficial, it is important to periodically evaluate the reason for the committee and whether or not it is still serving its intended purpose.

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Are Your Goals Limiting Your Growth?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

It’s the time of year where goals start creeping into consciousness. We are evaluating the goals we fell short on this past year and establishing new benchmarks for next year. It is also around this time that the onslaught of articles come out about whether or not goal setting is even worthwhile. On one hand, goals can inspire employees to reach higher, but on the other, they can also become a hinderance and waste precious time.

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How to Make Your Mission Statement Matter

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

How important are a school’s mission and vision statements? This question can garner a fair amount of debate. Some will adamantly support the practice, stating that when everyone is on the same page and have shared expectations, they work toward a common goal. But, there are also the people who have been in education for a long time and have witnessed many hours go into the creation of a mission or vision statement, only to then see the words collect dust and get ignored.

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