James E. Samels

Post-pandemic universities: Taming the COVID dragon in the 21st Century

As the fall semester gets closer, higher education leaders are finalizing complex plans about reopening campuses safely, plans that must be able to change at a moment's notice as the pandemic continues.

Future Shock: It’s time to hit the reset button

College and university leaders must be nimble and open to disruptive, outside-the-box systems thinking—now and in a post-pandemic world, says UB Future Shock columnist James E. Samels.

Future Shock: Exploring town-gown relationships

The best relationships grow out of collaborative planning and programming, and require a shared philosophy and practice of transparency about future development options, says James E. Samels, UB Future Shock columnist.

Future Shock: Spotlight on Jamestown Community College

UB Future Shock columnist James E. Samels addresses how JCC President Daniel DeMarte’s vision is boosting enrollment and the local workforce in western New York.

Future Shock: Creating the next generation of education technologists in the ‘Valley of Opportunity’

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them...

UB op-ed: Empowering student voice

What we learned from Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) is that listening to the voice of students helps reach them where they are and across that graduation stage.

UB op-ed: Westminster College, celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall

As 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, James E. Samels, of The Education Alliance and the law firm Samels Associates, discusses how the life of Winston Churchill reminds us that vision and courage can triumph over seemingly impossible odds. He recently visited Westminster College in Missouri, the home of the National Churchill Museum.

Higher ed Moneyball: Building a sustainable business model

Nothing signals spring like the arrival of opening day for Major League Baseball. Long heralded as America’s pastime, baseball now faces daunting challenges on...

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