Magazine article University Business

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Magazine article University Business

Who Ya Gonna Call?

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IT OFTEN SEEMS THAT JUST WHEN YOU'VE figured out the answers, someone goes and changes the questions. That's why higher education leaders often turn to consultants to help them with problems ranging from staff planning to strategic planning. Consultants bring a range of skills and a network of experts to help your institution achieve results. Whether it's a short-term construction project or a long-term vision for changing an institution's mission, consultants have the knowledge and experience to make it happen. In the pages that follow we offer a directory of higher ed consultants who can help with a broad variety of problems, including enrollment, human resources, strategic planning, capital planning, leadership development, and more. Consultants can bring fresh ideas to a stagnant environment, but it's important to choose wisely. These tips from Barbara Kaufman (herself a consultant) can help:

1. Examine the relevancy of the consultant's experience, check references, and review prior work products.

2. Seek out professionals who understand the university culture and have a fit with the institution so they can create customized solutions.

3. Make sure the consultant's style is aligned with the institution's values and administrative leadership model. …

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