Financial Concerns: Shifting the Tuition-Setting Paradigm
In remarks delivered to the Schools in Balance conference in Baltimore, MD, in April 2013, Jim Wickenden addresses the missteps contributing to the financial woes confronting many independent schools and proposes new governance strategies to address those challenges.
Rethinking the Head’s Role: Administrative Restructuring as a Tool To Promote Visionary Leadership
Boards are becoming become more aware of the increasing demands placed on their Heads of School and eager to consider ways to make the Head’s job more manageable. Because time is a finite resource and even the most energetic Head has his or her limits, Boards concerned about the longevity of their school leaders might consider exploring an administrative restructuring. A version of this article appeared in Independent School magazine in Fall 2011.
A New Vision for the College Counseling Office
This National Association of Independent Schools Conference presentation by Jim Wickenden addresses the topic of Core Values, Mission, and the College Admission Process in Independent Schools, laying out a vision for a greatly enhanced, mission-driven college guidance office. This article was reprinted in the Winter 2003 edition of Independent School magazine.
Creating the Future: New Challenges for Boarding Schools
To survive in a challenging competitive environment, independent boarding schools must do a better job of defining and communicating their unique missions, differentiating themselves programmatically, communicating the benefits of a residential education, and articulating those advantages to parents with compelling evidence to back up their claims.
Great Expectations: How Boarding Schools Should Respond to Concerns About College Placement
While most independent secondary schools have been affected by the increasingly competitive college admissions picture, boarding schools have been hardest hit. In this article, Jim Wickenden offers his thoughts about the roots of the situation and suggests ways in which boarding schools might respond.