The editors at Magna Publications — along with thought leaders from throughout higher ed — create detailed white papers designed to provide you with a careful examination of current issues. They deliver in-depth review of subjects as varied as academic integrity, coping with difficult student personalities, and ways to improve teaching and learning. You'll be happy you added these valuable resources to your professional development library.
10 Steps to a Successful Service Learning Program
Service-learning is a popular pedagogical option in many disciplines, but doing it right requires extensive preparation. You want your service-learning program to offer a rigorous academic experience for your students while also genuinely benefiting your community partner. This 40-page white paper explores ten essential elements that will contribute to the success of your service-learning program.
10 Ways to Improve Retention Rates of First-Generation Students
This white paper is based on a Magna Online Seminar delivered by Jeff Davis, Ph.D. You will discover effective ways to support, assist, and validate this important segment of your school population and the challenges faced by first-generation students are surmountable with understanding and knowledgeable intervention.
23 Practical Strategies to Help New Teachers Thrive
New instructors need to know many things immediately. This 45-page Magna Publications white paper offers strategies on writing a syllabus, setting learning goals, managing a classroom, grading, and creating assignments, quizzes and tests.
Basic Guidelines for Handling Complaints
Basic Guidelines for Handling Complaints is a White Paper based on a Magna seminar by C. K. (Tina) Gunsalus. Ms. Gunsalus is well-known as a columnist for Inside Higher Ed, and the author of The College Administrator’s Survival Guide. As an administrator, how effectively do you handle complaints?
Building a Culture of Academic Integrity
You can learn how to lead an integrity movement on your campus in Building a Culture of Academic Integrity: A Magna Publications White Paper. This report provides a step-by-step guide to building a culture of integrity and offers strategies to more fully incorporate values and ethics education into curriculum.
Building an Effective Student-of-Concern Team Practices and Principles
Building an Effective Student-of-Concern Team Practices and Principles is a great investment in keeping your campus safe and out of the news. This white paper explains how to make sound, defensible decisions in the face of a crisis while reducing your school’s exposure to unpredictable, high-impact events. This is a resource you will want to have at your fingertips in a crisis.
College Students and Civic Engagement: Key Steps and Best Practices
You learn how to turn student attitudes into action, and increase the success of your campus civic engagement programs. The challenge is making sure these programs don’t fall flat due to lack of momentum or poor planning.
Confronting Cheating: A Legal Primer and Tool Kit
There are many approaches to preventing cheating. This 30-page white paper describes how syllabus statements, experience-based questions, and certain grading methods can deter cheating. It also offers advice on how you can – and cannot-- confront suspected cheaters.
Coping with Seven Disruptive Personality Types in the Classroom
There are seven common styles of student disruption, and each requires a different strategy for prevention and response. This 40-page white paper provides the guidelines instructors need to overcome the behavioral challenges of the college classroom and get back to the important work of teaching.
Developing a Sustainable Retention and Student Success Program
The information in the 43-page white paper Developing a Sustainable Retention and Student Success Program is practical and full of information that you’ll want to underline, highlight and share with your retention teams across campus. You know that your various retention and student success committee members don’t have time to read an entire book about the subject, but they all have time to read this white paper that targets their individual roles in your institution’s overall retention strategy. You can provide each committee member or even every faculty member with a copy of the white paper so everyone on campus understands the importance of retaining students and his or her part in the effort.
Effective Strategies for the Adult Degree Completion Market
Returning adults, particularly those looking to complete degree work, demand online options, distance education programming, and a campus culture fitting their learning style. Ensure your institution is ready to serve adults effectively, with programs in the areas that matter to them most. Effective Strategies for the Adult Degree Completion Market is a 28-page white paper based on a popular online seminar by Bruce N. Chaloux, Ph.D., past president of the Sloan Consortium, current Director of Student Access Programs and Services for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and a highly-respected authority in adult degree completion.
Ensuring Online Program Quality with the eQuality Model
The eQuality Model is a highly adaptable program designed to continuously improve the quality and integrity of online and distance education learning. You can learn how to adapt this model and develop your own comprehensive quality program in Ensuring Online Program Quality with the eQuality Model: A Magna Publications White Paper.
How to Build a Low Cost Out-of-State Enrollment Strategy
The Magna white paper How to Build a Low Cost Out-of-State Enrollment Strategy gives you the strategies and tools you need to attract more out-of-state students at minimal cost. The white paper is derived from an online seminar presented by Aaron Basko, assistant vice president of enrollment management at Salisbury University and an author and speaker on enrollment and career topics. Basko has led transformative change in campus visitation at three institutions, both private and public, enabling these institutions to achieve peak enrollment success.
How to Effectively Assess Online Learning
Many familiar forms of assessment don’t work well—or at all—in a web-based format. Assessing students online requires fresh thinking, new ideas, and a willingness to embrace the latest technologies and methods for measuring learning in an online course. This 48-page White Paper delivers updated assessment techniques tailored to the strengths of internet-based learning.
How to Evaluate the Impact of Faculty Development Programs
Based on a seminar by Sue Hines, Ed.D., How to Evaluate the Impact of Faculty Development Programs white paper offers practical procedural guidance on how to accurately measure the effectiveness of your existing faculty development programming. And if your results are less than what you hope for, this white paper also provides strategies to drive improvement.
How to Plan and Lead Productive Academic Meetings
Unproductive meetings can be painful to endure, and a costly waste of time. With better preparation and the implementation of a few key principles, leaders can avoid the most common problems and dramatically improve higher education gatherings. You will discover the most effective strategies for preparing for and conducting effective meetings that involve faculty members. This 47-page Magna White Paper outlines the strategies needed to take full control of meeting management.
New Fair Use Guidance for Online Educators
This white paper interprets recent court cases and offers institutions a framework to use in making their own copyright determinations. Potential legal risks need not deter instructors from incorporating relevant and compelling resources into their online distance courses. Awareness of current copyright and fair use law enables instructors to teach confidently and effectively
Risk Management for Student Organization Advisors
By understanding the concepts of authority, duty to care, negligence, and torts—and by using legal common sense—you can help organizations run an exciting calendar of events without exposing yourself or your school to liability. This white paper concludes with a summary review sheet of relevant risk management concepts, for easy reference. It also includes a case study with processing questions, along with a sample pre-event planning form.
Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know
Many faculty members would like to design and teach a service-learning course. But you are often puzzled about how to go about successfully running a course. There’s plenty of information out there–but that’s the problem. Where do you go to find an effective resource that will answer your questions? This White Paper explains the rationale and provides the “how-to” details of designing and teaching a service-learning course, presented by Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert in service-learning and author of three books on the topic.
State Authorization: Strategies for Online Providers
What your institution needs to do to remain compliant depends on where your online students are and how their home states authorize institutions to educate their citizens. And the onus is on your institution to figure out what, if anything, you need to do—all on a state-by-state basis. It sounds daunting, but this white paper can simplify things for you.
Student Leaders Struggling: When the Best and Brightest Need Help
Most student leaders manage their many duties without a hitch, amazing us with their abilities to multitask and balance competing priorities. Sometimes, however, student leaders become overwhelmed by their many responsibilities and things begin to fall apart. Student Leaders Struggling: When the Best and Brightest Need Help, prepares student advisors and mentors to recognize and respond to the warning signs that indicate when a student leader is nearing a crisis point and how to help before, during, and after a crisis.
Student Leadership Development Programs: 16 Best Practices
These are tough questions, but now there are good answers – research-based answers – that you can put to use in your campus programs, to create a richer, more fulfilling experience for your current and future student leaders. You’ll get those answers in Student Leadership Development Programs: 16 Best Practices - whitepaper. The white paper encapsulates findings from an extensive survey of students, faculty, student affairs professionals, and student advisors.
Tabletop Exercises for Threat Assessment Teams
One of the best tools in crisis-response planning is scenario-based training – using hypothetical situations to inform real-world responses.
We’ve partnered with a leading authority on student behavioral health to create this situation-based training program … one that includes insight and commentary from 20 industry experts. The result is an exceptionally rich training experience we hope you’ll want to share with your campus crisis team.
Ten Strategies to Improve Blended Course Design
When properly employed, technology offers great teaching opportunities to instructors and schools. But it is not enough simply to shift components of traditional courses online. New tools require new tactics, new assignments, and new ways of teaching. Gain the insights and tools you need to make the most of your blended courses in this white paper.
Ten Ways to Engage Your Students on the First Day of Class
The first day of class can set the tone for the rest of the semester – for better or for worse. This 40-page white paper describes ten steps that instructors can take to engage students from the first day.
The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class
Flipping a class is more than taping a lecture, putting it online, and then slotting it in the syllabus. The course has to have the right incentive structure to ensure students prepare before class. Fortunately, there are some sound strategies that can help any instructor flip just about any lesson, and you can learn about them in this white paper.
Tour de Force: How to Maximize Campus Tour Yields
In this white paper, you will learn how to develop quantitative and qualitative feedback mechanisms that can provide an accurate picture of the quality of your campus tour experience. Through proper assessment, you will learn what message your guides are sending, how your campus is perceived, and whether your guests are getting the information and service they expect.
What Faculty Must Know About Campus Security
In the White Paper What Faculty Must Know About Campus Security, you will learn methods for fostering essential safety-enhancing relationships between professors and students.
When a Student Attempts Suicide: The Next Seven Steps White Paper
To prepare for the unfortunate possibility of a student suicide attempt, consult When a Student Attempts Suicide: The Next Seven Steps: A Magna Publications White Paper. This report guides you through creating an attempted suicide response plan that addresses and balances student wellbeing and legal risk exposures. You will learn what to do—and what not to do—in the minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months that follow an attempted suicide.
Working with Difficult Students: Four Case Studies
Working with Difficult Students: Four Case Studies—offers the best of both worlds. It shows how to apply four widely-respected theories to four different types of classroom challenges. In each case, the theory is explained and then demonstrated. This way, you can see for yourself how different conversations play out when research-based principles are applied. This white paper is recommended for new faculty members, experienced faculty members seeking fresh ideas for classroom management, faculty concerned about at-risk students, and academic deans and faculty development personnel instructors.