Author Archive for Kevin Erdman

Kevin Erdman is one of our contributors here at Higher Ed Hero. He combines a unique background of working within the Higher Education during his college career and working to improve professional development in Higher Ed in his career. As an author, he blends research and personal insight to bring useful information to readers.

New Clery Act Reporting Changes Under VAWA Final Rules

Each year, any school receiving federal student aid is required to submit an Annual Security Report (ASR) to the Department of Education by October 1. There are typically minor changes in reporting standards each year, but the 2015 ASR will…

Difficult Employees on Campus: What to Do When A Difficult Conversation Didn’t Work

Every campus has their fair share of difficult employees and managers know that there are certain conversations with these employees that can be challenging – confronting inappropriate behavior, personal hygiene, or even poor job performance. In preparation for this, you…

5 Tips to A Safer Campus: Threat Assessment & Response Strategies

Providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff is essential to the mission of higher education. However, in today’s climate of school shootings, stories of campus violence and threats to campuses, it can be difficult to ensure students are…

Lost Alumni: From Re-Engagement to Making the Ask

Last June, we brought you “Higher Ed Hero’s Top 5 Strategies to Re-Engage Lost Alumni” outlining some of the best ways to find your alumni. In this follow-up post, we discuss some of the ways to tap into your lost…

Chegg Partners with I’m First to Help First-Generation Students Apply to College

Last year, Higher Ed Hero put the spotlight on the I’m First project, started by the nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity, which helps first-generation students succeed in college. In an update to that story, I’m First is now partnering with…

How to Engage First-Year College Students: Connecting with Gen Z

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, you may be wondering about the best ways to engage first-year college students. Most first-years are going through a major period of transition. They’re taking on a more adult role in college, where they’ll…

Higher Ed Hero’s Tips for the BYOD Campus

Personal devices are a reality on campus today. No doubt you’ve seen students on smartphones, tablets and laptops in the classroom, the library, the dorm, the quad, the student union building and any other location that students congregate to learn…

Higher Ed Hero’s Tips On Developing College Rubrics

As you prepare for the kickoff of the 2014-2015 academic year, it is important to have the best tools available to you for teaching and grading. One such tool, rubrics, can help you save time grading student work while improving…

Higher Ed Hero’s Top 5 Strategies to Re-Engage Lost Alumni

In the first few years after college, your former students and (hopefully) one-day donors are likely to move often, change their numbers and often become lost to your institution. If they’re not engaged during this period, it becomes much more…

Financial Aid Reform: New FAST Act Calls for 2-Question FAFSA Form

New legislation was introduced last week to reform Financial Aid in Higher Education. One of the major proposed changes was scrapping the current, 108-question and 10-page form for a 2-question form that could fit on a postcard. The authors of…