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Stevens Strategy is a full-service consulting firm specializing in managing the process of strategic change in colleges, universities and schools.

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  • Strategic Planning

    Our 5–phased strategic planning process has been proven successful at numerous colleges, universities and schools, whether they are large or small, public or independent.

  • Strategic Governance

    We can help your Board learn to govern strategically, focusing on high-level policy and the measurement of key areas of institutional performance.

  • Focused Strategic Analysis

    We work closely with our clients in providing a variety of strategic analyses that focus on selected areas within the institution, specific issues or unique planning scenarios.

  • Financial Analysis & Planning

    We guide you in the preparation of comprehensive plans for financial operations, reporting systems, benchmarking and other methods to manage your finances more effectively.

  • Policy Manual Development

    Our Policy Manual service consists of the organization and preparation of a systematized and comprehensive policy manual suitable for searchable use on an institution’s Intranet.



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    • “Over the past 10 years, Vaughn College has engaged Stevens Strategy in a variety of projects from an institution-wide strategic planning effort and academic program review to board development and financial modeling. We continue to work with this dynamic group because of their ability to understand institutional issues, frame those issues for the constituents involved and help to lead constructive and engaging conversations on our campus. This exceptional service is the result of John Stevens and Brendan Leonard’s insightful and visionary ability to assist you in taking your institution to the next level. Every time we have worked with John, Brendan and the rest of the team they have exceeded our expectations.”
      Dr. Sharon DeVivo, Senior Vice President, Vaughn College
    • “Hiring Stevens Strategy to facilitate the comprehensive academic review at JCSU was an inspired decision. They were instrumental in assisting the University to undertake an important and critical institutional activity which will ultimately position the University to be a high performing institution with a bright and certain future. This process was rigorous and time consuming and Stevens Strategy was there consistently providing the expertise and guidance that was required for a successful outcome. John was completely available and knowledgeable and respected the institutional culture of JCSU. I would gladly hire Stevens Strategy again to engage in a similar undertaking.”
      Dr. Elfred Pinkard, Executive Vice President, Johnson C. Smith University
    • “I found it most reassuring to have a consulting firm the caliber of Stevens Strategy in chairing a major task force. John Stevens was most supportive throughout the entire six months of the study. His strong skills as a presenter, along with his experience and knowledge base, proved most beneficial. His understanding of “process” assisted the task force in submitting a compelling, data driven report with openness and sensitivity. With the support and guidance of Stevens Strategy the report has been approved by the Board and openly accepted by our many communities. Immaculata University is now poised for an excitingand rewarding future.”
      John Wingerter, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, and Task Force Chair, Immaculata University
    • “We were confident that Stevens Strategy was one of the best consulting groups in the U.S. The Financial Assessment Report will be used as the basis for decisions regarding our strategic plan and mission-centered approach to future growth and vitality… The report is concise and to the point. We were impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of the consultants. Stevens Strategy delivered what you promised, and we appreciate it!”
      Dr. Cheryl King, President, Kentucky Wesleyan College
    • “To you John and Brendan, as well as all those at Stevens Strategy — with a special thanks to Michael for all the financial work and help — we at Rosemont are so grateful. You did say that you hoped to exceed our expectations (which were really high!) and you did. You have certainly been there for us, in so many ways, all the way through what for us was an amazing, historic, and transformative process. Thank you.”
      Dr. Sharon Hirsh, President, Rosemont College
    • “Our expectation was to move from numerous siloed manuals, from countless loose policy memos, from out-of-date difficult to locate documents—to one living policy manual for the College community. I believe we have what we were looking for. The ease of contact and quick response from Stevens Strategy on all issues great and small; this kept the process in motion. Stephen and Elise were attentive to every detail. The key to this project lies in the knowledge and professionalism of the Stevens Strategy project director, Stephen Lazarus. He was superb—patient, helpful and relentless in pursuit of the proper end.”
      Dr. William J. Stegmayer, Director of Institutional Research, Dominican College