Magazine article University Business

Worth the Cost

Magazine article University Business

Worth the Cost

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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. …

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