Amit co-founded Academic Impressions in 2002 to provide a variety of educational products and services that help higher education administrators tackle key, strategic challenges. Since 2002, AI has designed and directed hundreds of conferences and has served representatives from over 3,500 higher education institutions. Besides designing and leading events for cabinet-level officers focused on strategic planning, budgeting, and leadership development, Amit leads Academic Impressions’ ongoing research into the five- and 10 year challenges facing higher education and plays a lead role in outlining each issue of Higher Ed Impact: Monthly Diagnostic to highlight how college and university leaders can take an institution-wide approach to answering those challenges.
Articles in this Issue
Letter from Amit Mrig, President, Academic Impressions
There is a growing recognition in higher education that improving customer service is a critical step to ensuring students’ momentum toward a degree and to improving student persistence.
Yet, surveying professionals at 79 post-secondary institutions, we found that over half would grade their school with a “C” or lower letter grade for customer service. Customer service expectations from both students and parents continue to increase, and it is increasingly critical to meet that demand with a strong commitment to developing a culture of service.
Meeting the demand for improved service does not have to entail sacrificing the rigor of your institution’s policies and procedures because the core standards of effective service have little to do with promoting “customer satisfaction.” Instead, what matters most is responsiveness, efficiency, clear communication, and conflict management.
We asked past and current presidents, vice presidents, and department heads in student services and enrollment management to speak to the major barriers to improving customer service — including the “silo” structure of support services, inefficient policies and procedures, and staff training needs — and how these barriers can best be addressed. We hope their advice will be useful to you.
Get a Customer Service Tool Kit
After reading the articles in this edition, consider joining us in Baltimore in March 2014 for a mix of instructive, interactive, and working sessions; learn how to set your institution apart from the competition with superior customer service.
CUSTOMER SERVICE TOOL KIT
Included with your registration is a flash drive with training materials and activities that includes:
- Event slides
- Facilitation guide and training materials
- Action plan
As you go through these activities during the course of the conference, you will have time to reflect on how you might share what you’ve learned with your colleagues back on campus.