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Navigating the Road Ahead: Advice from Higher Education Leaders


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COVID-19 is rapidly changing the way we work and live, and higher education institutions are especially feeling the impact. During these uncertain times, it's more important than ever that we come together to share strategies, success stories, and even to act as sounding boards as we all chart our path forward together.

At Blackbaud, we're partnering with industry experts and thought leaders to bring you advice on how to navigate the unique challenges your institution will face in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

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On-Demand Webinars

Preparing for Enrollment in the Midst of a Pandemic
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Fear has a tendency to persuade anyone to make a decision they wouldn't typically make under normal circumstances—college enrollment decisions included. Join our webinar with The Change Leader, Inc.'s CEO, Drumm McNaughton, as we discuss the impact COVID-19 will have on the enrollment season and advice on how your institution can prepare and adapt.

Navigating a Crisis with Blackbaud's Education Management Solutions
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As higher education institutions are mapping out and executing emergency preparedness plans for COVID-19, technology plays a critical role in quickly communicating news and updates with faculty, staff, students, and supporters. Join our webinar to hear from Virginia Theological Seminary on how they're leveraging Blackbaud's education management solutions to ensure business continuity and connectivity from home. Plus, check out a demo of some of the solution features institutions are finding especially helpful during this time.

Migrating Your Recruitment and Fundraising Efforts to All-Digital During a Crisis
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Stay-at-home orders have left many higher ed institutions in uncharted territory as they determine how to engage with prospective students and donors. For Starr King for the Ministry, digital-only engagement is commonplace. Join their Vice President of Advancement and creator of Real Deal Fundraising, Jessica Cloud, as she shares digital engagement tips including: mindset (viewing this time as an opportunity to innovate budget funding), leveraging Facebook Live and ads, virtual open houses, Google Grants and SEO, relief fundraising, and more.

How COVID-19 is Impacting the Perspectives of Parents of College-Bound Students
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It's common for parents of college-bound students to have concerns about the safety of their children as they leave home and transition to a new way of life. Combine that transition with a worldwide pandemic and those concerns likely increase exponentially.

Join our webinar with Lipman Hearne Marketing and Communications Firm as they share the results of their most recent research report, College Enrollment During COVID-19: What Parents Are Saying & What We Are Seeing. We'll also share advice on how institutions can shift their strategies to alleviate parent concerns, solidifying admitted students and retaining existing students.

Managing Mindsets: How to Approach the Varying Opinions on Virtual Instruction
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For many institutions, the COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a forcing-mechanism for the adoption of virtual instruction. For some educators, the transition has been an exciting new way to engage with students. For others, the shift has been challenging, leaving them feeling disconnected from their students.

As you're planning for the vast array of circumstances Fall semester may or may not bring, how will you address the different mindsets of faculty who have taught digitally for the first time? Join our webinar with Stacy Williams-Duncan, Founder, Learning and Change Strategist Learning of ForTE Consulting, for advice on managing those mindsets to ensure the best experience for your students and faculty.

Garner Support for Your Institution with Crowdfunding Hubs
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Many advancement professionals are questioning how best to raise support for their institution today. The same things that have always been done, won't work in our "new normal.

It's time to get creative with your fundraising. And requesting support doesn't have to mean a monetary ask. Join our upcoming webinar to learn how to bring peer-to-peer fundraising to life through crowdfunding hubs powered by Blackbaud. Plus, learn how to set your crowdfunding hubs up for success with the right data.

Prepare the Front Door of Your Digital Campus for 2020+
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COVID-19 has forced institutions to adapt quickly and think creatively to create short term fixes for remote learning and virtual admissions. But short-term fixes today should be the foundation for better, long-term solutions.

Your institution's website is where all of your digital experiences begin. Join our webinar with industry-leading education marketing and communication software provider, FinalSite, to learn how to ensure your website is the "front door" to an exceptional digital experience in 2020 and beyond.  

Overcoming the Financial Impacts of COVID-19 and Proactive Planning for the Future
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As fall enrollment numbers begin to become more clear for colleges and universities, how is your business office planning to address potential budget cuts, allocate and report on remaining CARES act funding, gear up for the possibility of extended remote work, and risk-plan for more unknowns on the road ahead?

Join our webinar with Blackbaud Solutions Engineer and former Higher Education Director of Finance and Accounting, Marty Singleton, and Blackbaud Account Executive and Higher Education technology implementation expert, Wes Byrd, as they discuss:

  • Trends they’re hearing from institutions like yours
  • Accurate and automated reporting processes for CARES Act funding
  • Best practices for managing multiple budget scenarios
  • Assessing the ROI of your major expenses such as programs and third-party contracts
  • The benefits of going completely paperless and what the process for doing so looks like

Register to glean expert advice on charting your path forward with accuracy and efficiency.

Best Practices for the New Classroom
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The classroom has gone online and many of you are asking, "how can I still teach effectively in the virtual space?"

Blackbaud University instructors have achieved outstanding results with adult learners online—earning higher customer satisfaction rates than Amazon Prime! Our team shares their insights in this new webinar, Best Practices for the New Classroom. Learn how to create a fun yet effective virtual experience, keep learners engaged, and measure student success

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How to Keep Fundraising Online During COVID-19
Tuesday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Host: Cameron Bartlett, Marketing and Fundraising Consultant

In the time of social-distancing it's difficult to rely on our traditional forms of fundraising. Now is the time to leverage technology to reach your donors. In this webinar we walk through the strategy to get the most out of your technology to increase online fundraising.

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Meet the Presenters:
 

Dr. Drumm McNaughton

Dr. Drumm McNaughton,
CEO, The Change Leader, Inc.

Derek Greten-Harrison

Derek Greten-Harrison,
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Virginia Theological Seminary


Jessica Cloud

Jessica Cloud,
Vice President of Advancement, Starr King for the Ministry, and Creator of Real Deal Fundraising





 

Suzanne Grigalunas

Suzanne Grigalunas, 
Enrollment Marketing Strategist, Lipman Hearne Marketing and Communications 


Stacy William Duncan

Stacy Williams-Duncan,
Founder, Learning and Change Strategist,  Learning ForTE Consulting


Kirsten Fedderke

Kirsten Fedderke,
Senior Vice President of Consulting, Lipman Hearne Marketing and Communications


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