• In this issue of Ideas & Perspectives,

    we focus on how to strategize your approach to financial aid, capitalize on word-of-mouth marketing, and develop a ‘culture of data’ for decision-making at your school.

  • 19th Annual Heads Retreat

    Take the academic bull by the horns and form your foundational Strategic Academic Plan at our Heads Retreat on November 5-8 in Miami, Florida!

  • Fall Webinar Calendar is Here!

    Get professional development you need and the advice you depend on without missing a beat on your campus in 60-minute sessions packed with insightful research, tools, and resources.

  • Options, Options, Options!

    Offering Voluntary Benefits to your faculty and staff is one way to expand your school’s benefit portfolio without expanding your budget. Whether or not your school offers medical benefits or has opted to send employees to the government exchanges, Voluntary Benefits can help you protect those who protect your students.

Recent Articles

Ebola in the U.S.

Ebola in the U.S. has many on guarded alert. The devastation in Africa has Americans worried that it’s only a matter of time until we start to see rising death tolls here in the states. Numerous schools over the past weeks have suspended classes and closed campuses in response to scares that some of their students or parents came into contact with one of the few confirmed Ebola patients in the U.S. This panic is prompting people to take extra precautionary measures to keep their families safe.

Ask ISM’s Risk Manager

Q: I’m new to the position of Business Manager, and very new to education. I’ve been doing a good amount of reading to prepare for my role, but some of it escapes me. Can you tell me what an “Employment Practices” claim is in terms of education?

Your Personal Emergency Office Kit

In the event something should affect your ability to leave campus, most schools are well equipped with supplies to support faculty, staff, and students for a considerable amount of time.

There are numerous natural and human-instigated disasters that can affect your school (as well as your personal safety) for which even the best risk management plans cannot protect you from. Tornados, earthquakes, fires, industrial accidents, and the like can happen without a moment’s notice, leaving you and your students without an immediate escape route. This is when a personal emergency kit can come to your rescue.

Responding to Criticism, Part Two

Last month, we talked about responding to (inevitable) criticism of school policies and decisions. POM Wonderful, a juice company, offered an example of how to respond positively to such criticism, but what about responding badly? School Heads should know just as much about how not to respond to criticism as they do about responding well, to avoid public and private faux pas across the board.

Again, we turn to John Oliver’s HBO satirical news show “Last Week Tonight” for our case study in responding to criticism. This time, we’ll look at how Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler reacted to Oliver’s satire—and how it backfired.

(Primary image credit to CNET)

Fact or Fiction? 5 Strange Ways Students (Try to) Get High

There’s an excellent reason why alcohol and nicotine via tobacco are banned from children—and why other mind-altering substances are completely illegal. Children trying to achieve a blissful “high” to escape from the pressures and doldrums of everyday life can do irreparable damage to their still-growing bodies. That doesn’t mean that students won’t try the darnedest things to achieve an elusive, forbidden high.

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