As higher ed institutions evaluate goals for the coming academic year, now is an excellent time to map out change management strategies.

6 ways to master change management in higher ed


As higher education institutions evaluate goals for the coming academic year, now is an excellent time to map out strategies for essential changes

4. Prepare for setbacks. Set expectations upfront among leaders and stakeholders that there will be challenges along the way, just as there are with any worthwhile initiative. If leaders and employees anticipate challenges, they’ll be better able to respond positively in the face of adversity. Building the right mindset can help teams move past hurdles.

5. Scale back to ensure success. While you may have an overarching vision, creating smaller, tangible and “doable” projects is vital to help your team achieve early wins and build momentum. Incremental change is better than no change. Scaling back a project to a few defined components improves your chances for success and increases leadership buy-in.

6. Celebrate wins publicly. Celebrate every win and ensure the broader community and organization knows about the team’s progress and successes. Wins help leadership and stakeholders feel comfortable with the project and the changes you’re implementing.

To celebrate wins, you must define success, which means you’ll need to create measurable goals and intended outcomes. These include smaller goals and wins within each initiative. The more you can make goals quantifiable, the easier it will be to claim success.

Over the next couple of months, most higher education institutions will evaluate goals for the coming academic year. Now is an excellent time to map out strategies to help you and your teams make essential changes in the coming year.

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