Insights

  • March 10, 2021

    Searching for College With a Disability

    Advising Leaders

    In order to make true progress on equity and inclusion, higher education must consider and address the unique challenges of underrepresented students, including students with physical disabilities. Three youths share their insights to help institutions better understand the perspective of those searching for a college with a disability, and the unique challenges they face.

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  • January 20, 2021

    Tool: Making the Case for New Programs and Capital Projects with the Case Statement Canvas

    Advising Leaders

    How can academic leaders best make the case for programs, initiatives, and capital projects to their audience, whether a foundation, a government, a partner, or other stakeholders? We developed a simple tool for higher ed leaders to get on the same page, literally, as they think through and make the case for a new programmatic and/or capital project.

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  • December 15, 2020

    Beyond “Welcoming and Inclusive:” Designing Anti-racist Experiences

    Advising Leaders, Designing Experiences

    The fields of architecture and higher education don’t perpetuate “neutral” environments but instead environments that reinforce white culture and histories. In this post, we reflect on how to designing anti-racist experiences.

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  • August 28, 2020

    How Can Colleges and Universities Better Adapt?

    Advising Leaders

    Institutions that have been defined by their stability and traditions will now have their fate determined by how well they can adapt to change. In this whitepaper, we make the case for colleges and universities to become more adaptable, offer brightspot’s approach to doing so, and provide examples of what and how to change.

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  • August 7, 2020

    The Geography of Campus Closures and How to Avoid Them

    Advising Leaders

    College closures can create profound ripples that reverberate well beyond their doors, impacting local communities, and potentially derailing opportunities for economic advancement. In this whitepaper, read about risk factors four-year private not-for-profit and public institutions are facing, and best practices from colleges working to mitigate these risks.

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  • July 24, 2020

    Adaptive Campus Planner: Your Resource for Pivoting Your Existing Plan

    Advising Leaders

    As colleges and universities respond to changing conditions and increased community spread of COVID-19 in their regions, many are revisiting fall reopening plans and making adjustments. To help institutions respond to these changes, we created a tool called the Adaptive Campus Planner, drawn from our conversations with dozens of universities and work advising universities on if, how, and what to reopen. Read more and download the Planner.

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  • July 16, 2020

    Taking the Pulse of Your Students This Fall

    Advising Leaders

    How can you quickly yet holistically take the pulse of your students this fall? In order to help institutions take the pulse of their students and inform how they adapt, brightspot is creating a network of institutions who can learn from us and each other.

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  • June 5, 2020

    The 6 P’s of Reopening your Campus Post-COVID-19: A Conversation with NYU Shanghai’s David Pe

    Advising Leaders, Forecasting Trends

    Having resumed the spring semester in-person, Chinese universities serve as a window into what reopening might look like. brightspot sat down with New York University Shanghai’s Dean of Students, David Pe, to discuss their process and implementation for reopening their Pudong, Shanghai campus in early May 2020.

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  • June 4, 2020

    How Professional School Leaders Thought About Reopening for Fall 2020

    Advising Leaders, Forecasting Trends

    brightspot spoke with professional school leaders from higher education institutions across the country to learn how they are thinking about the fall.

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  • June 4, 2020

    How Library Leaders Thought About Reopening for Fall 2020

    Advising Leaders, Forecasting Trends

    brightspot spoke with library leaders from higher education institutions across the country to learn how they are thinking about the fall.

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