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  • University Innovation Alliance Launched

    On September 16, 2014, The University Innovation Alliance was officially launched. The launch, hosted at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, was attended by various institution leaders, students, policymakers, and media.  The University Innovation Alliance is a group of 11 institutions committed to sharing innovative practices to improve graduation rates. Alliance members will ... [more]

  • Founding Partner Kristin Conklin nominated for PWIA award

    Congratulations to Founding Partner, Kristin Conklin, on her nomination from the Professional Women in Advocacy (PWIA)  for “Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign”! The award, announced on November 20th, celebrates “the effort wherein the advocate successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, ... [more]

  • USA Today Oped Praises Common Core Math Standards

    “Common Core math is not fuzzy; it’s smart”. That is the premise of an Oped in USA Today released on Monday praising the higher standards and quality assessments associated with the Common Core.  You can read it in full here. [more]

  • Maximizing Resources Papers Released

    Maximizing Resources for Student Success focuses on improving student outcomes and affordability at comprehensive four-year institutions through four strategic investigations.   The project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, paired top researchers with experienced institutional leaders to develop studies that include a review of the evidence base, institutional examples, and implementation recommendations for higher ... [more]

  • Kristin Conklin on Radio Higher Ed

    HCM Strategists Founding Partner Kristin Conklin spoke to Radio Higher Ed about re-imagining student financial aid delivery and design.  You can listen to the full podcast or select individual question segments on [more]

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  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette Tours Craig Hospital, a Reeve NeuroRecovery Network Site

    Last Tuesday, executives of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, one of HCM’s clients, met with Congresswoman Diana DeGette at Craig Hospital, a NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) site based in Englewood, Colorado. As a longtime advocate and champion for individuals living with disabilities, the Congresswoman saw firsthand the value and impact of the Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center and NRN on ... [more]


    Michael spoke to the power of smart advocacy on Through the Noise: The Business of Communicating. He explored how being HIV positive and working with super couple Dana and Christopher Reeve parlayed his career to co-founding HCM Strategies. His unique perspective has helped him build powerful coalitions with great outcomes.

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