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Jacquelyn D. Elliott, Ed.D.

Higher Education and Compensation in 2024

As higher education gears up for another year, recruiting and retention will once again consume a significant portion of our attention. Inevitably, these conversations will turn to compensation – a factor that can make the difference between a quick, successful hire or a long, frustrating search. While every institution and negotiation will differ, a few […]

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Strategic Hiring: Pinpointing the Right Traits for Enrollment Leadership in Higher Ed

With the launch of 2024, it’s the perfect time to reconsider the most important skills for vice presidents of enrollment, chief enrollment officers, and other enrollment leaders. The new year will bring various opportunities and burgeoning challenges, and these leaders must have the skills to manage the ever-evolving landscape of higher education.   2024’s hottest

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Hiring and DEI in the Wake of SCOTUS’s Affirmative Action Decision

In the last days of the 2022-2023 term, the Supreme Court issued its closely-watched decision on the legality of race-conscious affirmative action in college admissions. As expected, the court’s conservative majority ruled against the affirmative action policies, leaving many professionals in higher education and DEI work questioning what could come next.   Here’s what we

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Smart Strategies to Build the Higher Education Workforce

 It’s easy to get caught up in the process of hiring for leadership roles, operating under the assumption that those roles are the “most” important to overall strategy. While recruiting talented, transformative leaders is, of course, a necessity, it’s also a good time to re-evaluate hiring strategies for entry-level and mid-level roles. After all, at

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Conscious Bias in the Workplace

We’re accustomed to hearing “bias” and immediately having a negative perception. While it can have a number of adverse effects, when bias is appropriately recognized and leveraged, it has the potential to open doors to a more potent leadership model and a more diverse, inclusive organization.   Conscious and Unconscious Bias  Bias comes in many

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