Virtual conference season is going strong and housing and residence life officers from around the globe just met for the ACUHO-i annual conference to discuss critical higher ed issues. Main takeaways included an investigation of how our campuses can thrive with the knowledge gained from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to ensure retention is staying top of mind.
Modern society often portrays rest as an indulgence lacking value and, at worst, a distraction from more important things. But this perspective is erroneous. Rest is work’s ally, not its enemy. Higher ed leaders have toiled tirelessly for the last fifteen months, and Summer 2021 is an opportunity to take a step back and let your mind imagine future possibilities for your campus.
To honor Mental Health Awareness Month, Teresa de Onis, Apogee VP of Marketing, and her daughter open up about her daughter’s mental health disorders and how they were exacerbated during her freshman year at college during the pandemic. Read on to be inspired to #breakthestigma.
In this guest post, Apogee Director of Business Development Jeanne Frawley draws on her more than 20 years of higher ed and sales experience to advise college enrollment professionals on how to avoid post-pandemic pitfalls during the 2021 recruiting season.
Meet our guest blogger, Brandon Joachim, a man of color, student at Pace University, and Apogee Student Ambassador for Apogee Campus Engagement initiatives. Read on to learn how Brandon led his classmates to act when the Black Lives Matter movement swept the nation in 2020 and how he continues to use his ambassadorship to uplift the underrepresented.
Your residence halls are where most online learning is taking place now and where students will enhance their in-class experience after the pandemic is over, both in their rooms and in newly created learning and collaboration spaces. Modern Wi-Fi is key to delivering the new academic experiences, and there may be an opportunity to apply American Rescue Plan Act funds to this effort due to the changes in instructions your school has and will continue to implement.
March is Women’s History Month and at Apogee there have been some great conversations in our Teams feed this month as we’ve amplified the theme with challenging topics and ideas. Teresa de Onis, VP of Marketing at Apogee and a Gen Xer, and Sophie White, Campus Solutions Strategist, a Millennial, sat down to talk about our experiences as women in tech and the degree of progress that’s been made.
It’s conference season in higher ed, and one of the most important annual meetings for our industry just wrapped. ACE2021 was well worth the investment of time and money. I couldn’t attend all the sessions, but I want to recap the Top 5 I attended for those who didn’t have a conference pass or who may have missed these sessions. Links to recordings are included. Spoiler alert! The Apogee session is in the Top 5! And there’s a bonus #6 for us over-achievers.
The door has opened for higher ed to use this time to let go of the status quo, time-and resource-hogging operational headaches, and outdated and expensive technology buying models to usher in a new era to create change for good. During these times of uncertainty, universities often focus on downsizing and forgo or don’t see the opportunity to rightsize. Downsizing alone is brutal. Rightsizing implies growth and freedom.
What makes a higher ed institution an Innovator? At Apogee, we believe our analysis of 491 college and university strategic plans shows that schools that had strong online learning initiatives prior to the pandemic are Innovators that are more resilient to the turmoil caused by the pandemic and more prepared for the blended learning future. Check out our new infographic on these Innovators and learn how you can register for a limited time to receive a personalized walk-through of our interactive report, The State of Higher Ed Strategic Planning.
Winter Storm Uri left Apogee’s VP of Marketing (and more than half of Texas) without power for four days. What did she do to weather the storm? And what does that have to do with higher ed? Read on to learn about liminality and how higher ed inhabits this tense and chaotic space between what was and what will be.
As drops in student enrollment and retention due to the pandemic continue to cause financial challenges for higher ed, it’s time to address some root causes of these beyond the pandemic. As institutions seek to diversify the student body – ethnically, geographically, socioeconomically – we must find the gaps and align resources to provide solutions. Socioeconomically vulnerable students are unable to fund one of these gaps – the technology gap – and we need to respond.
In 2019, the World Health Organization upgraded burnout from a stress syndrome to a syndrome resulting from “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The evidence for compounding stress and burnout in higher ed is everywhere. Dive in to see what research from The Chronicle of Education, Educause, and our own analysis at Apogee reveals on this topic and how managed services can make all the difference in providing relief for IT, Student Affairs, and other higher ed departments.
In a webinar we recently conducted for CFOs with our partner AICCU (Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities), I made a passing comment to the audience that hindsight is 20/20 when considering the rapid shift to online learning modalities spurred by the pandemic and the need to drive innovation to advance blended learning. A clever attendee chatted back, “Hindsight is 2020.” What can we learn from the past?
Around Apogee hallways – I mean Zoom or Teams meetings nowadays – nothing gets us as excited or generates more buzz than the launch of a new service or capability that will improve the customer experience. While we prefer to use our blog to provide you with insights, ideas, and inspiration, we are so excited about the new capabilities available that we had to share now. Learn more about the new next-gen capabilities for both Apogee ResNet and Apogee Managed Campus.
Nationwide, millions of college students struggle with food and shelter insecurity, which negatively impacts their health and dims their chances of graduating. This January, as we observe Poverty in America Awareness Month, this blog spotlights these problems and shares what higher ed is doing and can do to help students in need. Let’s work together to ensure the college dreams of a generation of young people come to fruition.
At Apogee, we say that higher education is our higher purpose. In partnering with institutions across the country, we see our role as enablers of an engaging, high-quality education accessible and affordable to anyone who seeks it, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or background. 2020 forced us all to examine our progress and failures. Learn how we are redoubling our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
We’re all glad to put 2020 behind us. While there are hefty challenges ahead of us for the next months, there’s a bright light on the horizon. Highly effective vaccines are rolling out, in no small part from the contributions of higher education. And an incredible transformation of higher education has begun. If there’s been a silver lining to emerge from the disruption, it’s that colleges and universities everywhere have started to rethink the way education is delivered. Let’s dig into some predictions. Apogee has an exciting year ahead!
At Apogee, we’ve read and studied nearly 500 higher ed institutional strategic plans. Early this year, we put our data scientist to work analyzing them all to find common themes and actionable insights. The goal: to better understand what schools, both big and small, reflected as strategic priorities in a pre-pandemic world. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of an interactive report detailing the findings of this one-of-a-kind research.
Today’s college students are true digital natives. They’d rather lose an arm than lose their internet connection. How will you innovate to meet their demands and the demands of a blended learning environment when your budget, time, and staff are constrained, and you’re on the brink of burnout from months of pandemic overwork and fatigue? Read on to learn about rightsizing.
The disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic compels us to too often focus on the shortcomings of our response. But there’s also a lot to celebrate for IT leaders and their teams now. Higher education has long thirsted for meaningful innovation, and we can see it on the horizon. The hard work isn’t over. You had 99 jobs even before the pandemic started, but now the leadership mantle has fallen to you. How will you take advantage of your new seat at the cabinet table?
In the months since the pandemic started, in your personal life, how many times have you caught yourself saying, “this is one change I hope sticks around”? We already see the massive potential for synchronous and asynchronous modalities to improve the traditional in-class experience. These changes are here to stay. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you, as an IT leader, can lead your institution’s differentiation strategy with blended learning.
It’s too easy to accept that online learning is ineffective or produces poor levels of student engagement. We must innovate and improve online learning so it can contribute to an exceptional blended learning experience. In this blog post, we explore how the extent to which IT leaders collaborate and brainstorm with housing officers, provosts, and faculty will decide just how much progress can be made.
For small and medium colleges and universities, whose differentiation is centered on providing an intimate and highly collaborative experience, the current pandemic-driven environment feels especially dire. At Apogee, we believe blended learning is here to stay, and in our latest blog we explore why finding creative ways to move closer to a face-to-face dynamic online is an imperative.
In the more than 20 years Apogee has served higher ed, we’ve come to know that our most successful partnerships with schools are those closely aligned culturally, operationally, technologically, and financially. We’ll take a look at these four variables to break down the challenges of online learning.