5 presidents to follow in 2017

They're doing big things for their schools—and you can, too

It's a tough time to be a college president.

But a handful of rising stars have transcended challenges and earned themselves a spot on Education Dive's "5 higher ed leaders to watch in 2017 (and beyond)" list.

1. Javier Miyares, University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

Under Miyares' leadership, UMUC has increased its enrollment by 20%, even while spending 20% less on advertising efforts.

According to Education Dive, the college owes its success under Miyares to a heavy focus on producing employable graduates and a partnership with local school districts along with the federal Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Defense.

2. Pradeep Khosla, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Under Khosla's chancellorship, UCSD achieved a record high number of applications—nearly 90,000 people applied to enter in Fall 2017.

Khosla has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he will offer advice on entrepreneurship, innovation, and workforce development for national policy decisions.

3. Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University

Faust has consistently advocated for diversity and underrepresented students, Education Dive reports. In recent months, she's continued her advocacy by rallying in Washington on behalf of undocumented students. 

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4. Tristan Denley, Tennessee Board of Regents

In his tenure, Denley transformed the state's approach to remedial education, Education Dive reports. In Tennessee, students have the option to take developmental courses alongside for-credit courses, exponentially increasing completion rates. Denley bases his support for co-requisite programs on growth mindset research, and says co-requisites encourage students to stay in school despite challenges they may encounter.

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5. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Shaw University

Dubroy lead Shaw to a record-setting fundraising year in 2015. Prior to Dubroy's leadership, Shaw saw a downward trend in enrollment over a six year period—which Dubroy reversed with a 15% increase of new and returning students.

Under Dubroy's leadership, Shaw has also partnered with Google to create a distance-learning innovation hub (Arnett, Education Dive, 1/3).

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