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  • July 6, 2015

By: Search Associate, Heather Larabee As a search associate for SJG, I have the privilege of traveling all over the country to visit campuses and meet fascinating people. I love seeing the different campuses; the architecture, landscaping, and design. Perhaps one of my favorite buildings, and one that I always try to see, is the…

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  • February 5, 2015

Negative Financial Outlook for Higher Education Sector The two most prominent investment rating firms (Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s) have recently issued negative outlooks for higher education. Moody’s expressed concerns about the ability of colleges and universities to significantly increase tuition revenues the way they have for the past 20 years.  Additionally, there is little…

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  • January 21, 2015

Political Pressure Mounting to Control the Cost of Higher Education The costs of higher education have come under increasing scrutiny during the recent recovery from the Great Recession. Over the past 30 years, tuition and fees have grown at a rate that significantly exceeded general inflation. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers…

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  • September 25, 2014

As a new academic year begins, our friends in the fields of campus/student activities are facing several challenges. Some are fairly new challenges, while others seem to always be around. How many offices have recently changed their name or are considering a name change? Many campus activities offices are moving toward names like the ‘Office…

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  • August 27, 2014

We wanted to share a great article from the July 2014 issue of Money Magazine by Kim Clark, entitled “What to Ask at Career Services: A college’s placement office is now one of the most important stops on the tour.”  The article covers important topics that students should discuss at their career services office, including staff, types…

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  • July 1, 2014

Greetings from SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group! With the long days of summer ahead, it is time to consider grabbing a favorite cool beverage and a good book to nurture body and soul. In the spirit of the season, we thought we would share a few publications on our favorite topic of higher…

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  • January 6, 2014

Identifying “institutional fit” is a vital, yet somewhat elusive part of the search process for higher education institutions.  Beyond the more concrete criteria of experience, credentials, and leadership qualities – every search committee must determine whether a candidate fits in culturally with the institution for which they are applying. Similarly, candidates must decide whether an…

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  • October 14, 2013

  Professional etiquette is important on the job as well as during the job search process.  Here we round up some useful articles on practicing professional etiquette as a higher education professional. “Netiquette, Schmetiquette?” by Maria Shine Stewart An insightful article on online behavior and etiquette among higher education professionals. “15 Vital Business Etiquette Rules,”…

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  • June 25, 2013

Here we are again at the start of summer! Although the weather here in New England can’t seem to decide whether it will be a cold and rainy summer or a hot and dry summer, we continue to be optimistic and have started gardening! In that vein we have some very interesting books that have…

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  • March 16, 2013

It’s that time of year, conference season.  Here we provide a helpful list of the major higher education conferences taking place this Spring and Summer. NASPA Annual 2013 Conference Location: Orlando, FL Dates: 3/16 to 3/20/2013 Description: NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Website: http://www.naspa.org/conf/default.cfm…