Efficiency in the Modern Postsecondary Era

AUDIO | How To Get Institution-Wide Buy-In for Major Changes

The following interview is with Jack Suess, chief information officer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Suess is a leader in the postsecondary technology space, and has developed and expanded the REX data management system in an effort to make UMBC more efficient and data driven. In this interview, he reflects on that experience and shares tips for other postsecondary leaders looking to launch efficiency-related projects on their own campuses …

The following interview is with Marie Cini, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and a member of the Online Learning Consortium’s board of directors. UMUC has been working in recent years to develop innovative approaches to the online learning marketplace and, like other institutions in this position, is trying to determine how to accomplish better outcomes with fewer available resources. In this interview, Cini expands on this challenge and shares her thoughts on the important role operational efficiency plays in supporting this end …

The following interview is with Michael Horn, co-founder and executive director of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. The higher education industry is undergoing massive changes on all fronts; from the way education is delivered to the way institutions themselves operate. As operational resources continue to dwindle, committing to efficient operating procedures is going to become increasingly important for postsecondary leaders. In this interview, Horn shares his thoughts on this trend and discusses the importance of focusing on creating efficiencies sooner rather than …




Percentage increase in part-time enrollments over the past year at four-year public universities, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

“We have people without jobs and jobs without people.”

~ JOHN MCKERNAN JR., president of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, said the 10 million Americans currently out of work lack the skills needed by employers to fill the 5 million vacant positions.

“The future of this nation is inextricably linked to how well we educate the Spanish population.”

~ EDUARDO PADRON, president of Miami-Dade College and chairman of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, explained that improving accessibility, retention and completion for Latino students should be a high priority for postsecondary leaders across America.

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