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Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education Series

The Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education Series is brought to you by Bay Path University's Center for Higher Education Leadership & Innovative Practice (CHELIP).

Creating a Compelling Value Statement: Top Ten Strategies for your College's Financial Aid Success
October 19, 2022 | 12 P.M.EST | Register Today

Cost and scholarships continue to be among the top deciding factors in students’ decision to enroll. Financial aid leveraging and literacy has become imperative in the recruitment process, particularly as we move through the pandemic. During this session, learn how to establish compelling value statements, effectively communicate scholarships, the financial aid process, and leave with ten of today’s most important best practices to help you maneuver our challenging landscape.

Our Presenter

Wes Butterfield oversees the consulting services division of RNL, which includes the areas of market research, financial aid services, student success, recruitment, and strategic enrollment consulting. In addition to providing leadership for the division, he has served more than 50 small and large four-year public and private campuses across the United States throughout his consulting career at RNL.



Building a Robust Admissions Pipeline through Student Engagement Across the Funnel
November 15, 2022 | 12 P.M.EST | Register Today

In the face of turbulent economic times, institutions that have built a solid foundation, to support their recruitment efforts, will likely be the institutions that survive and thrive into the future. In this session, we will draw on data and experiences across hundreds of campuses, to discuss ways that Colleges and Universities can set themselves up to be successful in the current Higher Education Marketplace. Andrea Gilbert will share best practices when building a robust pipeline to engage students, grow/shape enrollment, and increase net revenue. She will discuss new approaches, innovative strategies, and describe why investing in your brand and engagement has never been more important!

Our Presenter

Andrea Gilbert is Senior Vice President of Client Engagement at RNL. She oversees the Senior Consultant Team for Client Engagement, focused on the success, retention, and satisfaction of her client schools’ student populations. She has served more than 125 campus partners in the United States and the United Kingdom, helping these campuses achieve their recruitment goals through the use of predictive modeling services, search and application generation strategy, territory management, financial aid, and student retention.



Implementing and Surviving Transformative Change: Not for the Faint of Heart
December 14, 2022 | 12 P.M.EST | Register Today

There is a reason that transformative change is so rare. It’s hard, it’s risky, and most people prefer what they know. Moreover, successful transformation requires a level of skills, commitment, resources, and perseverance that are rare in institutions more accustomed to preserving the status quo. This webinar is based on research, real-world examples, and contributions provided by focus groups of leaders in higher education who have navigated change themselves. The webinar will first review why change is necessary for most IHEs, then what is typically required to achieve transformation, and conclude with a focus on how successful change is actually achieved.

Presenter and Panel Facilitator:

Dr. Wallace Pond, Founder of Idea Pathway, LLC, the Transformation Collaborative, LLC, and Life Worth Living, LLC, has been a mission-driven educator and leader for over 30 years, recently adding psychotherapy to his professional profile. For the last 20 years, Wallace has been a senior leader in higher education, holding both campus and system-level positions overseeing single and multi-campus and online institutions of higher education in the US and internationally. He has served as chancellor, president, COO, CAO (Chief Academic Officer), CEO, and trustee, bringing exceptional value as a strategic-servant leader through extensive experience and acumen in strategic planning, change management, organizational design and development, P&L, human capital development, innovation, new programs, and deep operational expertise among other areas of impact. For the last four years, he has focused on helping other organizational leaders achieve great success while doing work that matters.

Dr. Pond has lived, worked, and studied in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has presented nationally and internationally and is the author of numerous articles and the books, The Lights Are On, Is Anybody Home? Education in America and Leadership in the Real World: Hard Won Lessons from Twenty Years as a Chief Executive in Turbulent Times. Wallace, a licensed pilot, has a BA in Spanish, an M.Ed in Human Services and Human Resource Education, and a Ph.D. in Education. He is currently pursuing a third graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health.