Higher Education Webcast

How to Achieve Breakthrough Results in Colleges and Universities

On-Demand Panel Discussion

Join FranklinCovey Senior Consultant, Jodi D. Jaques as she explores how leaders in higher education are aligning staff and faculty around mission-critical objectives with The 4 Disciplines of Execution® (4DX).

Jodi D. Jaques, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Cal Poly 

Higher Education/Student Affairs

Franklin Covey 4DX Consultant

Senior Consultant


Guest Panelists

Cathy Hernandez

Associate Vice President Institutional Effectiveness

Gateway Community College – Maricopa Community Colleges

Arizona, USA

Larry Miller

 Vice President, Learning and Workforce Development

Greenville Technical College

South Carolina, USA

Larry Ferguson


Ashland Community and Technical College

Kentucky, USA

On-Demand Panel Discussion (60 Minutes)

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Learn how leaders in higher education are aligning staff and faculty around mission-critical objectives with The 4 Disciplines of Execution®.

What challenges are you facing that require a breakthrough solution?


Overall spring 2021 enrollment fell to 16.9 million from 17.5 million, marking a one-year decline of 3.5 percent or 603,000 students, seven times worse than the decline a year earlier.


The overall persistence rate dropped to 73.9 percent for fall 2019 beginning college students, its lowest level since 2012. Community colleges showed the steepest persistence rate decline over last year of all institution sectors (-3.5 pp to 58.5%).

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years. When leaders adhere to these disciplines, they achieve superb results, regardless of the goal.

1.) Focus on the Wildly Important

This is the discipline of focus. Exceptional execution starts with narrowing the focus — clearly identifying what must be done. Otherwise, nothing else you achieve really matters much.

2.) Act on the Lead Measures

This is the discipline of leverage. 80% of your results will come from 20% of your activities — are you focusing on the right ones? Discipline 2 is based on the principle that not all actions are created equal. Identify and act on the activities with the highest leverage.

3.) Keep a Compelling Scoreboard

This is the discipline of engagement. People and teams play differently when they are keeping score, and the right kind of scoreboards motivate the players to win.

4.) Create a Cadence of Accountability

This is the discipline of accountability. Each team engages in a simple weekly process that highlights successes, analyzes failures, and course-corrects as necessary, creating the ultimate performance-management system.

By using 4DX, Alamo Colleges became the greatest producer of student degrees and certificates among community colleges in Texas, with an increase of 85% over 3 years.

E-Book (PDF)

4 Steps to Refine and Execute Your Team Goals

Too many leaders set vague goals like “improve student retention,” leaving their teams unsure of how well they’re doing or even exactly what they’re working toward. FranklinCovey has developed a simple but powerful formula to identify where you are today, where you want to go, and the deadline for reaching that goal.

Download our tool 4 Steps to Refine and Execute Your Team Goals and learn how to talk about goals in more specific and measurable ways.

For questions or more information, please email phyllis.kowis@franklincovey.com.

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