Insights

Innovation and the early bird

In business we talked about being “first to market” or “second champion.” This is based on the old adage, “The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.” In either case, the idea of establishing oneself as a market leader at the very front or...

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Tevye and FASB

“It doesn’t mean a thing, but even so, after twenty-five years; it’s nice to know.” The words from the song, “Do you Love Me?” are sung by Tevye and his dear wife Golda in “Fiddler on the Roof” as they grapple with yet another generation of would-be husbands and...

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The DOE Naughty list and how to avoid it

Every year, the Department of Education reveals it's list of those institutions who either failed their financial responsibility ratio or are in danger of doing so if their performance doesn't change. Those who score a 0.9 or below fail. Others who score between 1.0...

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It’s Budget Time – can we break the cycle?

It’s Budget Time – can we break the cycle?

The new calendar year is upon us and, while it is not usually the fiscal year end for most colleges and universities, it is a good time to consider resolutions nonetheless. This is the time in our cycle of activities when budgeting is in full force. A prediction...

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The Gremlin, The Pacer, The Matador and Benchmarking

The Gremlin, The Pacer, The Matador and Benchmarking

For the 1975 model year, AMC succeeded in offering what are considered three of the ugliest cars ever offered in America. The Gremlin looked like they started with a Hornet but ran out of money at the rear window. The Pacer seemed as wide as it was long and its meager...

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So, what’s your threshold?

We know it as a horizontal piece of wood or metal at the base of a doorway, allowing for a seal to be created at that juncture. American homes typically have thresholds for exterior doors while in Europe, nearly every door, inside and out, has one – and my toes can...

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Branding like you mean it

It may have been twenty years ago when the idea of “branding” became an obsession of higher education.  We studied it, engaged consultants to refine it, created roving teams of artistic police to protect it and acted as if a new and highly rigorous discipline had...

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