Magazine article University Business

What Consultants Can Bring to the Table

Magazine article University Business

What Consultants Can Bring to the Table

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Consultants often get a bad rap, especially from faculty and staff who believe the institution has spent money to have someone tell them what they already know. Too often, their impression is like this exchange from Scott Adams' Dilbert comic strip:

Consultant: "I've been hired to identify the most important goals in your organization."

Employee: "How will you do that?"

Consultant: "I'll ask you what they are and you'll tell me. Then I'll put them all on a PowerPoint slide. Next week I'll show you the slide and tell you to focus on your most important goals. Then I'll get paid."

Higher ed leaders, therefore, must be able to clearly communicate why they've decided to incur the cost of bringing in a consultant. The bottom line, of course, is that good consultants have the knowledge and experience to help with problems ranging from short-term staff planning to long-term strategic planning. Helping you find the right one is the purpose of our "2015 Annual Directory of Higher Ed Consultants." On the following pages you'll find a variety of experts who can help with a broad range of problems, including enrollment management, human resources, marketing, security issues, strategic planning, leadership development and more. …

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