Worth the cost
One of the most misunderstood actions a higher education administrator makes is when he or she contracts the services of a paid consultant. To those outside the decision circle, the move often seems wasteful, especially at a time when department budgets are on the chopping block. They ask why the school must go to the expense of bringing in an "expert" to tell them what they believe they already know.
But that view is shortsighted and misses the larger picture. Good consultants are indeed experts in their field, having worked through the very same problems they are now being called on to solve. Many themselves have had long and successful careers as higher education administrators, and are eager to bring their knowledge and skills to bear. They offer a range of experience and have access to a network of advisors that can help guide your institution along the path to a successful result. But there are many factors to consider before signing on the dotted line for a consultant's services. He or she will be a team member, however temporary, and the consultant search should be the same as with any key player.
Look for someone who has worked with institutions of a similar size and culture to yours. A good consultant will gladly share a previous client list. Then, contact those clients and get their assessment of the consultant's performance. Make sure the consultant is in tune with your institutional goals and is not pushing a "one size fits all" solution. The consultant must be willing to work with each relevant constituent group to assess their needs and concerns. Getting constituent buy-in is important. It takes a special skill to float ideas to these groups without appearing critical or overbearing.
Begin your search with the consultants on these pages. They can help with a broad variety of problems, including enrollment, human resources, strategic planning, capital planning, leadership development, and more.
Tim Goral, senior Editor
University Business magazine
THE EDUCATION ALLIANCE
24 Prime Parkway, Suite 105
Natick, MA 01760
The Alliance enables our network of partners, associates, and professional colleagues to make a broader range of academic planning services and research data subscriptions available to our clients across the United States and around the world, including: comprehensive academic and program development, regional and specialty accreditation, academic licensing, institutional preparedness and new program feasibility studies, undergraduate and graduate degree and certification completion, curriculum development, faculty and professional development, library and learning resource enrichment, student and alumni preference polling, employer market surveys, out comes assessment and quality control, and multistate academic licensure and accreditation.
WHY CHOOSE THE EDUCATION ALLIANCE
The Alliance helps clients meet tomorrow's challenges by providing best practices, performance benchmarking, practical, yet creative solutions and competitive market intelligence; an interdisciplinary team of experienced and talented learning leaders and management consultants; academic planners; program and curriculum developers; accreditors; regulatory, merger and acquisition experts; architects and engineers; institutional advancement, development, grantsmanship, communications and distance education experts, library science and information technology specialists.
CONSULTING SERVICES OFFERED:
* Academic Program Development and Accreditation
* Campus Masterplanning and Capital Financing
* Distance Learning and Intellectual Property
* Enrollment Planning
* Executive Search, Recruitment, Outplacement
* Institutional Advancement, Restructuring, Organizational Development
* International Education
* Multistate Academic Licensing
* Preventive Education Law
* Publications and Public Relations
* Sports Management
* Strategic Partnerships and Planning
* Systemwide and Multicampus Reorganization
* Research Data Subscription
THE SAMELS GROUP
Helps schools, colleges and universities address economic, demographic, and enrollment challenges and opportunities including executive decision-making, problem solving, reentering, professional development, transition, organizational development, trustee board recruitment, compensation benefits and succession planning.
SAMELS ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Concentrates its practice in the field of preventive education law and serves as corporate and special counsel to governing boards of schools, colleges, universities, foundations, distance learning corporations and other learning organizations.
Higher education executive and faculty recruitment and outplacement to public and private colleges and universities including professional development, mentoring, transition, organizational development, trustee board recruitment, compensation benefits, evaluation and succession planning.
Assists clients in creating or upgrading sports programs including sports management, sports science and athletic coaching, hospitality, management, marketing, communications, sports agency, medicine, psychology, internship clearinghouse services, pro sports connectivity, advisory board networking.
Offers experience and leadership in independent schools to help educational leaders better serve their institutional mission and advance school initiatives including strategic planning, priority setting, cost avoidance, risk assessment, institutional advancement, professional and organizational development, accreditation, and international student recruitment.
Education Strategies LLC
Reduce Administrative Cost by 20%
* Analyze operations
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* Reduce your risk
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* Write the RFP
* Negotiate a better price Services that pay for themselves
EMPOWER Student Information System
30800 Telegraph Road
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Admissions and Retention Services
CAPTURE Higher Ed
315 Guthrie Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Capture Higher Ed is a comprehensive turn key solution available to colleges and universities. Using targeted student search tools we identify viable prospective students and engage those candidates in a series of customized communications intended to lead to application completion. We deliver to our client institutions decision-ready, completed applications to help relieve the burden of prospect development and allow schools to focus on relationship building. Founded on more than 20 years of experience, our proven strategy helps guide our clients through student search, targeted recruitment, application completion, tracking and reporting.
Cognitive Marketing, Inc.
Brand Development for Educational Institutions
17 Pince Street
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 244-4140 x22
940 Golf House Road West, #200
Whitsett, NC 27377
The Dysart Group Inc.
John W. Dysart, President
112 S. Tryon Street, #760
Charlotte, NC 28284
(877) 9DYSART (939-7278)
The Dysart Group is a higher education consulting firm specializing in recruitment, retention, and financial aid at colleges and universities. Our emphasis is on revenue sensitive enrollment management, and we provide expert counsel regarding admissions, financial aid, finance, pricing, retention, and marketing. We work collaboratively with college and university representatives to achieve extraordinary results. Clients include Ferrum College, University of Baltimore, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Bethany College, Wesley College, and Roosevelt University.
285 Clinton Street #2
Brooklyn, NY 11201
1300 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), is a dedicated nonprofit organization providing much-needed support to help schools effectively fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Our mission is to provide guidance to schools, along with the means to help their undergraduate, graduate and professional students succeed. Through comprehensive analytics, student success tools, financial education, default prevention and financial aid management, we are confident we can help all students, not just borrowers, become financially responsible adults. We are here to make it possible for more schools to launch brilliant futures. More information at Inceptia.org.
Maguire Associates, Inc.
555 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742
Maguire Associates is a comprehensive market research and consulting firm that serves educational institutions and associations. For over 28 years, we have applied innovations in market research, analysis, predictive modeling, and consulting to help our clients understand the dynamics of past performance, apply insightful knowledge to sound decision making in the present, and attain future outcomes critical to the health and vitality of their institutions. Maguire Associates' services include:
* enrollment management consulting
* market research
* branding and image development
* student retention/satisfaction consulting and research
* strategic pricing and forecasting
NRaisman & Associates
86 N Cassady Avenue
Columbus, OH 43209
Scannell & Kurz
71-B Monroe Avenue
Pittsford, NY 14534
Scannell & Kurz specializes in developing customized, data-driven financial aid, recruitment, and retention strategies for their higher education clients. We recently became a company of RuffaloCODY,...