K&A Blog


K&A Statement: We Stand for Justice
Posted August 14th, 2017

It is not sufficient for us, as a consulting company that believes deeply in the principles and values of higher learning and liberal education, to simply share in the shock and dismay that so many Americans feel about the actions, words, and events that disrupted Charlottesville and the University of Virginia this past weekend.

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K&A Statement: We Stand for Justice

Where in the World is Keeling & Associates
Posted February 1st, 2017

In 2017, K&A was pleased to announce that during a very busy 2016, not a single employee was involved in an air rage incident or embarrassing viral travel video. However, our team members experienced adventures, adversity, mechanical problems, over-fueling, weather delays, and lots of other challenges in the course of our travels to assist clients.

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Where in the World is Keeling & Associates

#KAedchat - Interview Strategies for the Humble
Posted January 27th, 2017

As we look past the current weather into the warm embrace of spring, we also find ourselves amidst another packed “Search season.” This means interviews, campus visits, and endless opportunities — or requirements — to talk about yourselves and your work. We often find that most candidates view accomplishments as a team effort

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#KAedchat - Interview Strategies for the Humble

Strategic Thinking in 2017 and Beyond
Posted January 23rd, 2017

What’s your reaction when someone tells you it’s time to work on a strategic plan? For some, the mere mention of strategic planning will elicit a groan or a roll of the eyes and spur images of out of touch ‘objectives’ that don’t relate to the institutional needs at all. The truth is that the old-school way of strategic planning

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Strategic Thinking in 2017 and Beyond

Remaining Active Professionally During Retirement
Posted November 9th, 2016

Long before retiring (rearranging my priorities is probably more accurate) from a forty-two year career in higher education – most of which was spent in student affairs and serving as a vice president during more than half of that time

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Remaining Active Professionally During Retirement

When You Still Have More to Offer...
Posted November 9th, 2016

After 40 years in higher education, 27 as a Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO), and a change of Presidents, it was time for me to make a change. As such, I announced my retirement in July to be effective the end of August. My plan was to take some time off

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When You Still Have More to Offer...

"Who You Going to Call?" - Addressing Executive Leadership Vacancies
Posted November 8th, 2016

Making the transition between institutions and senior student affairs officer (SSAO) roles comes with its fair share of “opportunities” (acknowledging how we avoid saying “challenges” professionally anymore while also embracing my top Strength

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Exploring Cultures of Academic Innovation
Posted October 20th, 2016

Innovation. A term that predominates the daily higher ed news cycle; characterizing the latest approach by leaders and practitioners in our field to confront a deep and lingering problem facing students or our institutions.

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Exploring Cultures of Academic Innovation

Reconsidering Innovation in Higher Education
Posted October 19th, 2016

Every morning, after a carefully prepared egg white omelette from a box from the internet, I open my email to catch up on my Higher Education gossip. IHE, Huff Post, and the Chronicle are usually all waiting there, unopened

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Reconsidering Innovation in Higher Education

#KAedchat - Storify - How Student Affairs Can Respond to New and Increasing Mental Health Needs
Posted October 15th, 2016

Dr Richard Keeling, Principal of Keeling & Associates, led another live Twitter Chat this week. In Part IV of a series focusing on the changing world of Student Affairs, #KAedchat Read More Read more
#KAedchat - Storify - How Student Affairs Can Respond to New and Increasing Mental Health Needs

#KAedchat - Storify - The Changing World of Student Affairs
Posted October 7th, 2016

Dr. Gage Paine took the reins again for another installment of #KAedchat for part II of a series on the changing focus and priorities of Student Affairs. [View the story Read More Read more
#KAedchat - Storify - The Changing World of Student Affairs

#KAedchat - Storify - The Changing Focus and Priorities of Student Affairs Administrators
Posted October 1st, 2016

Dr. Richard Keeling, a familiar face to #KAedchat, took the reins this week to talk about the current state of Student Affairs, and how the priorities of administrators now has Read More Read more
#KAedchat - Storify - The Changing Focus and Priorities of Student Affairs Administrators

#KAedchat - Storify - Campus Carry Policy & Practice
Posted September 26th, 2016

K&A's Andrew Morse and ECS' Brian Sponsler shared their expertise this week on the complex issue of guns on campus, where legislation currently stands, and where the landscape is going Read More Read more
#KAedchat - Storify - Campus Carry Policy & Practice

#KAedchat - Storify - Design Thinking a Better Student Experience
Posted September 21st, 2016

K&A Director of Innovation Alex Emmanuele led a Twitter Chat introducing us to Design Thinking, an empathetic problem solving process that focuses on people's experiences of problems. We explored how Read More Read more
#KAedchat - Storify - Design Thinking a Better Student Experience

Campus Carry Laws
Posted September 15th, 2016

In the years following the tragedy at Virginia Tech, college and university leaders have heeded the call to strengthen campus-wide violence prevention and crisis response systems. Threat assessment and behavioral intervention teams have become regular and integral components of prevention efforts.

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Campus Carry Laws

#KAedchat - Storify - Pathways to Positive Mental Health
Posted September 15th, 2016

When we think about mental health issues on campus, we usually focus on the counseling and psychiatric services we provide — and many students need those services. But what about Read More Read more
#KAedchat - Storify - Pathways to Positive Mental Health

Design Thinking for Student Experiences
Posted September 11th, 2016

In the Summer 2016 issue of Leadership Exchange, there is a page-long article about Design Thinking in Higher Education, by two directors from the jCENTER for Innovative Higher Education at the University of Minnesota. They assert that higher education provides prime challenges for which we can use Design Thinking

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Design Thinking for Student Experiences

#KAedchat - Storify - Storytelling and Community Building
Posted August 22nd, 2016

Dr. Gage Paine, Senior Consultant at K&A, led her first Twitter Chat on storytelling. Based on a presentation she gave at the University of Mississippi, the chat questioned how to Read More Read more
#KAedchat - Storify - Storytelling and Community Building

Stories and Community
Posted August 9th, 2016

‘Once upon a time’, or its modern day equivalent, ‘a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away’ will catch my attention any time. I love a good story! But as much fun as stories are, I’ve come to understand that stories have a purpose beyond fun.

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Stories and Community

Introducing the K&A Blog
Posted June 1st, 2016

Welcome to the K&A Blog: a place where the K&A team members share individual ideas, thoughts, opinions, and lessons. As the K&A Intern, I get the explicit honor of writing the first post. Being an intern at a firm whose team members come from near and far to bring change to higher education

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Introducing the K&A Blog