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According to the American Council on Education’s American College President Study, the frequency of presidential turnover is increasing, with more than half of presidents or chancellors intending to leave their positions within five years. These figures point to an urgent need for higher education...

The National Center for Education Statistics defines a "nontraditional" learner as someone having one or more of the following seven characteristics: older than typical age, part-time attendance, being independent of parents, working full time while enrolled, having dependents, being a single parent, and being a recipient of a GED or high school completion certificate. As U.S. demographics...

The 2017 American Council on Education's American College President Study found that 54 percent of higher education presidents or chancellors plan to leave their current positions within the next five years. Moreover, the study indicates that, due to an increase in the average age of college presidents,...

You've selected your interim appointee, and he or she has accepted your offer. How can you help ensure that your goals for the appointment are met and major problems avoided? Here are four suggestions to prepare the new interim leader and your institution for success.

1. Make sure you've clarified whether, if interested, the appointee can be a candidate for the permanent position. Most interim appointments expressly rule this out for two basic reasons. First, incumbency and candidacy can pull an interim in opposite directions, possibly tempting him or her to avoid hard decisions or to make them based on self-serving criteria. Even the...