Charleston School of Business Faculty & Staff Updates

3 Insightful Pieces

This past week, three insightful pieces about the future of higher education caught my attention. The first was two significant studies, one by Gallup-Lumina and the other by Deloitte. Gallup-Lumina Foundation-State of Higher Education 2024 Report Some takeaways from this report are: Adults without degrees see “credentials” as important Career outcomes are key for considering…

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Intentionality & Summer Reading

How’s your first week of summer been? Mine’s been busy, but a different kind of busy. There are still plenty of meetings, but there’s more time to be intentional. The academic year seems like we go from one thing to the next. We spend more time being reactive than proactive. Summer gives us time to…

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Graduation & Changing Landscape

This time of year has unique energy. The close of an academic year and the pomp and circumstance around the graduation ceremony in the Cistern Yard are significant. Our graduates are moving on to the next stage of their life’s journey. For me, it’s also a time to pause and reflect. There’s a lot to…

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Thank You!

The semester is over. Graduation is around the corner. There’s a lot running through my brain that I could write about. But I keep coming back to how thankful I am for you, what you do, and, more importantly, how and why you do it. We have our challenges, and as I’ve become fond of…

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Bubble Trouble

Earlier this week, two things caught my attention. The first is the 2024 EAB State of the Sector report – as we know, we have challenges. There’s a YouTube presentation, Reckoning with Relevance: 2024 Higher Ed State of the Sector, as well. Then, Patrick Lencioni’s, At the Table Podcast, had a conversation about “bubble trouble.”…

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AI in the Room

This week, Carrie and I attended AACSB ICAM in Atlanta. It’s always a busy couple of days with a lot of learning and networking. This year, in every session, AI was a consistent topic of conversation, from how we can use it to help with our Societal Impact Goals to how it can help with…

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Finding Inspiration When You’re Worn Out – Short and Sweet

At this point in the semester, many of us are reaching our limits. I know I am. One thing we can do when is ask for help, so I did. You know I’ve been playing with AI, so I thought I would let Grammarly AI help me out with a simple prompt. It didn’t disappoint….

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Candid Conversations

A lot has happened since last week’s Pulse. The big thing, for the external world, is we have a new basketball coach. For a hire as visible as that, there has to be many candid conversations to ensure everyone is on the same page. We also had a fantastic visit with Chris Nassetta, CEO of…

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Solid Foundation Meets Bright Future

One of my favorite events of the year is when Betty Beatty has dinner with the Beatty Scholars (aka Beatty Bunch). Watching Betty engage with each and every student is inspiring. She’s authentic and sincere and offers a word of encouragement to each of them. The students follow her lead. A great reminder of our…

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Extraordinary Happens Here

It was a privilege to start the week in New York City with Bill Finn, Carrie, Molly, alums, donors, and parents. While New York is an incredible place, it’s in Charleston where I see extraordinary happening. And it’s quickly spreading across the globe. On Monday evening, we had a Schottland Alumni dinner with about a…

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YOU Make an IMPACT

Since day one, the impact you make every day has been evident. We do so many good things, but it can sometimes be overwhelming. As many of you already know, AACSB introduced Standard 9, which specifically addresses how we, as a school, make a focused impact – together. It’s also a concept woven throughout the…

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Spring Break

Mid-semester “breaks” are interesting in academia. It’s often a chance for us to catch up on tasks that have been languishing. It’s time to focus and get that R&R done, prepare for the remaining classes, or crunch out that committee assignment. Often, it’s time to take care of some neglected tasks around the house. But…

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Feedback

In my 1:1 with Ron this week, we were getting towards the end of the meeting, and he said, “Are you okay with me giving you some feedback?” I said indeed, and he pointed out an area where I could improve. He did it nicely, with respect and also some encouragement. He was right, and…

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Smarter, Not Harder

This Friday (tomorrow), we have an opportunity to learn ways we can work smarter. When I was an Assistant Dean, I quickly realized that Assurance of Learning (AOL)/Assessment is one area we are prone to work harder, not smarter. We try to do everything and measure everything. We spend so much time collecting and analyzing…

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Do What You Love

What a great event! Thanks to Hayden and the Student Success Team, the atrium was buzzing with students intentionally exploring and learning. This is a significant step in helping them identify and execute on a career that they love. Since my first introduction to the School of Business, I’ve been impressed and a bit jealous…

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Partnership

I’ve been pondering this post for the last few weeks. I left Sunday for an important meeting, but it didn’t turn out as planned. I was in Tempe for the New Start Summit as a 2024 P3•EDU Fellow earlier this week. I was excited to learn from thought leaders in the P3 (Public Private Partnership)…

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Differentiation

On Tuesday the chairs, deans, and provost’s office participated in an EAB workshop on differentiation. It aligns well with the conversations we’ve been having within our School. It also aligns well with the 160over90, strategic planning, and messaging work we’ve been doing. It was inspiring to discuss, at the institutional level, what makes us special?…

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Challenging Landscape

We’ve talked a lot about the changes in the higher education landscape and the challenges ahead. Two articles this week clearly articulated some of these for me. The first one, from the Wall Street Journal, gives us a bit of history (we’ve lived it) and how we have ended up where we are. It’s no…

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More And Less

Now that the chaos called the start of a new year/semester is behind us, I have a question for you: What do you want to do more of, and what do you want to do less of this year? To make OUR School the best it can be, there’s a certain amount of “stuff” we…

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OUR School of Business

As we kick off 2024, I look forward to OUR School meeting this afternoon. We will start our discussion about articulating a way to make strategic planning, messaging, and branding all work together. As last week’s post mentioned, our goal is to make sure we can see ourselves in what we produce because words matter….

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