Slover Linett's e-newsletter about audiences and culture—from the arts to informal science learning.


Time flies when you’re busy, and this month we almost worked right through a happy milestone: our 15th year conducting research studies for educational institutions. Back in September, 1997, when Cheryl Slover-Linett founded the firm, we launched a student survey for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. We must have done a fair job of it, since we’re still working with the good people at Chicago Booth to this day.

We have a lot to celebrate as we mark this occasion. Wonderful clients from coast to coast, including some of the world’s most renowned universities. A growing collaboration with the Huron Consulting Group to serve colleges and universities in the US and overseas (our first international projects). An expanding team in Chicago, including our new colleague Jenny Puchtel. And this winter, a new office in Boston.

What will our 16th year in higher ed bring? New research methods like ethnography and alumni panels. New target populations, including parents and other influencers. And a growing portfolio of assessment studies to help institutions develop outcomes metrics and inform accountability discussions.

Exciting times, all because of colleagues like you. Please stay in touch.

— The Slover Linett higher ed team

What's New?
September 17, 2012

New Findings Presented on Social Media Use in Higher Education

At the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders in Washington D.C. this summer, Cheryl Slover-Linett co-presented findings from our third annual study of how colleges and universities use social media tools to foster productive relationships with prospective students, alumni, and other key constituents. The report is now available online. More »
September 04, 2012

Slover Linett Setting up Shop in Boston

We’re practicing ‘pahking the cah in Hahvahd Yahd’ these days, as we make plans to open a Boston office this winter. Sarah Lee, our vice president for arts & culture, will lead the satellite location, which will expand the firm’s work with arts organizations, museums, and informal learning organizations. In the future, the office will also serve our college and university clients — because no city is more synonymous with higher education than Boston.  More »
August 24, 2012

Slover Linett Leads Workshop on Qualitative Research at 2012 AIR Forum

Vice president Bill Hayward and associate Anne Lee Groves led a sold-out pre-conference workshop at this year’s Association for Institutional Research (AIR) annual gathering in New Orleans. This was the first time Slover Linett has offered a workshop for the higher education community, and we were excited to introduce many IR professionals to the world of qualitative research — a set of methods used comparatively rarely by colleges and universities.  More »
July 16, 2012

Slover Linett Welcomes Jenny Puchtel to its Higher Ed Practice

Slover Linett’s research and assessment work for colleges and universities has been growing rapidly this year, in terms of both clients and staff. We are very pleased to welcome Jenny Puchtel to the firm as an associate. She will design and direct studies of prospects, applicants, students, alumni, and donors, bringing diverse assessment experience and outstanding methodological skills to the firm. More »

July 11, 2012

The Flame Challenge winners, and other attempts to get science communication out of its rut

I blogged recently about Alan Alda’s contest with the Center for Communicating Science: explain flame to an 11 year old. The entries, mostly from trained scientists, were judged by thousands of actual 11 year olds. But their picks, announced last month at the World Science Festival, suggest either a weak field or the kind of 11 year olds who spend too much time on Wikipedia. Compare the winners to a new NASA video that’s going around and a fizzling effort in Europe to get tween girls excited about science. More »
May 02, 2012

Alan Alda warms up science communication with the Flame Challenge

How would you explain flame — what is it? what’s going on in there? — to an 11 year old? I grew up watching Alda play an army doctor on M*A*S*H, but his acting and PBS interviewing work have led him to some real-world questions about how science is conveyed to us laymen. In partnership with Stony Brook University, where Alda teaches scientists how to improvise and “be more authentically themselves” with the public, he has organized a contest for scientists and anyone else who wants to enter. Submissions are now being an 11 year old near you. More »

Slover Linett is a research & assessment firm for the cultural sector, broadly defined. From art museums to dance companies to zoos, we help institutions become more successful by understanding their audiences. We do it through rigorous research and evaluation...More »

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