Category Archive: Branch Campuses

May 12

A Personal Update

I started this particular blog as a place to share my thoughts about innovation in higher education. Over time, I began posting more on positive psychology and encore careers, which became increasingly important to me, both as subjects of study and as areas that support my work as an executive coach. Indeed, although I enjoy …

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Mar 18

Out on a Limb: A Branch Campus Life

I’m pleased to announce publication of my new book, Out on a Limb:  A Branch Campus Life.  It has been a long time coming, but it is now available on Amazon, in both a print (paperback) version and a Kindle e-book version.  You can find it at (Kindle version) or (Print version). Chapter …

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May 02

The How of Disruption in Higher Education

I have not written about innovation or disruption in higher education, on Creating the Future, for a while, although I do write about it on my branch campus blog.  This post will be published on both.  (The blog addresses are and I’m intrigued by the rapid progress of MOOCs (massive open online courses) …

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Apr 04

Building Branch Campus and Online Enrollment

I maintain two blogs.  The older, “Branch Campus Life,” focuses on topics related to branch campuses of colleges and universities; the newer, “Creating the Future,” explores a wider range of topics related to my interest in innovation, positive psychology, and encore careers.  Links to both blogs can be found on my web site, For …

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Dec 14

Hedgehogs, Disruption, and the Importance of Focus

Several years ago, I was chatting with a member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees.  He said, “Give me a straight answer to this question:  A dollar invested in your unit will yield a greater return than a dollar invested in the main campus.” At the time, I was responsible for five branch campuses …

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Oct 20

Encore Dreams, LLC

I am pleased to announce that I have created a company, Encore Dreams, LLC, to focus on my interest in the encore stage of life.  You can see more information on the company and its services at  That site is a single page, but it also links to my personal web site,, and …

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Jul 28

The Coming Third Wave of Change in Higher Education

I don’t want the descriptions I’ve provided in my previous posts to sound like I think the sky is falling.  To be sure, I do believe that many traditional institutions are in serious trouble.  However, I am excited by the potential of new delivery modes and financial models to expand access and opportunity beyond anything …

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Jul 07

Sustaining vs. Disruptive Improvements

My thinking about disruptive environments is strongly influenced by the work of Clayton Christensen.  The Innovators Dilemma (1997) is an outstanding presentation of the business implications of disruptive technology.  Recently, in Disrupting College (2011), Christensen, Horn, Caldera, and Soares (2011) focused specifically on how online learning is creating disruption in higher education. I can’t capture …

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Jun 23

On Becoming a Coach

The journey to an encore career brings energy and excitement.  I’m sure it is stressful for some, although I’ve known only a few people for whom it was an unpleasant experience.  To me, it is pure adventure. I found it helpful to seek advice from friends and colleagues, and I discovered excellent ideas in a …

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Mar 23

Becoming an Innovator

Let’s suppose that demographics, technology, the interests of adult learners, and maybe some other emerging circumstances have created a disruptive environment in higher education.  The implication is that new financial models will emerge, new providers will become competitive, and we will have to discover new strategies for success.  Let’s also suppose that you believe, with …

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