DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) - In the spirit of lifelong learning, college and university leaders are developing creative ways to address the emerging challenges in higher education and bolster institutional health by commissioning workshops customized to their campus' unique culture, needs and market position by Academic Impressions, a Colorado-based provider of professional development opportunities for higher education administrators.

Unlike traditional consultants or other third-party instruction, Academic Impressions' custom-designed workshops balance training from expert practitioners with work-intensive sessions aimed at guiding the schools themselves toward developing creative solutions that align with their unique institutional context. The on-campus nature of customized workshops offer a cost-effective means for bringing all key decision-makers and institutional stakeholders to the table to cultivate buy-in, identify actionable steps toward meeting stated goals and build consensus for proposed solutions.

"In a highly diverse and dynamic higher education landscape, one-size-fits-all solutions are often inadequate for addressing strategic campus initiatives," said Naomi Nishi, Director of Program Design & Customization at Academic Impressions. "Custom workshops engage the schools themselves in identifying common goals, identifying challenges with regard to institutional communication and trust, and creating workable solutions complete with a blueprint outlining future action."

An outgrowth of the company's highly regarded national in-person and online workshops, Academic Impressions' customized workshops can be developed to address any strategic area presenting significant challenges for today's higher education administrator. Popular customized workshop offerings include:

  • Building a Partnership for Philanthropy between Development and Academic Leadership
  • Campus Crisis and Student Threat
  • Creating a Culture of Student Philanthropy
  • Creating a Sustainable Campus
  • Integrated Retention Planning

California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) is foremost among the institutions touting the benefits of Academic Impressions' customized workshops. Struggling with waning public support and disappointing development initiatives, the institution commissioned Academic Impressions to develop a 'Creating a Culture of Student Philanthropy' workshop tailored the unique needs and culture of Cal U in 2009. The school's president, academic leaders, student affairs staff and a team from the development office participated in the day-long program geared toward creating a culture of student giving on campus and engendering buy-in for philanthropic programs among key institutional stakeholders.

"All of us were part of the development process, and that participation is a key benefit of bringing a custom workshop to your school because that collaboration was just what we needed to get our student philanthropy initiative off the ground," explains Dr. Angelo Armenti, Jr., president of California University of Pennsylvania. "We knew we needed to get our students more engaged in giving, but it is thanks to Academic Impressions' format that we were able to outline and launch our program, Cal U for Life, as quickly and effectively as we did."

To find out how an Academic Impressions customized workshop can jump-start an initiative on your campus, visit, or contact a representative directly at or (720) 988-1216.

About Academic Impressions
Academic Impressions offers focused and intentionally crafted learning experiences to help higher education professionals address their most pressing challenges. Professional development programming addresses a range of issues related to student recruitment and retention, faculty support and development, alumni engagement and development, and increasing organizational productivity. Learn more at

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