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On August 21st, our last blog, “For Whom the Blog Tolls!”, concentrated on the steady march of private colleges toward extinction (For Whom the Bell Tolls? | Stevens Strategy – Educational Consulting).  In the last week, Hodges University in Florida joined the ranks of fallen flags and

For Whom the Bell Tolls?

Michael Townsley, Ph.D. Senior Consultant, Stevens Strategy Nearly every week, news flashes a report of another private college either closing or in deep financial trouble. Here is a short, but not exhaustive list of colleges that have closed this year:  Alderson Broadus University Bloomfield

Predictive Validity of the Applicant Success Assessment

The results are in! About one year ago we introduced the Applicant Success Assessment (ASA) as a psychometrically validated tool for colleges and universities to measure non-cognitive skills of their applicants. Based on decades of scientific evidence and our own validation data, we estimated

The Science of Applicant Success Assessment

All academic institutions are concerned about their students’ success. This includes success while they are in school (e.g., retention, GPA, graduation) and what they do after graduation (e.g., career success). The success of an academic institution’s students is a direct reflection of that

Succession Planning

Research over the last few years suggests that higher education now faces an unprecedented period of accelerating change. Challenges such as tight budgets and scarce resources, changing demographics of potential students, and calls for technology-driven innovation increase the pressure on the

SMART TRANSITIONS: Consulting for Executives in Transition from Stevens Strategy

Stevens Strategy is a full-service consulting firm specializing in managing the process of strategic change in colleges, universities and schools. We offer professional services to the leaders of these institutions in the areas of Strategic Planning, Strategic Governance, Focused Strategic

Despite Misrepresentations: Average Price Paid for College Significantly Lower than Inflation from 1994 to 2014

I have become increasingly concerned that economists, politicians and journalists misrepresent the price students pay for higher education in the United States, by consistently overstating the real price of higher education relative to inflation. To my surprise, even though the CPI is based

What Is A Good Strategy To Take To Help Resurrect A Failing College?

You’ve most likely heard the news that Sweet Briar College in Virginia, decided to close its doors last month. The current state of Sweet Briar’s existence, at the moment, is “up in the air”. The leaders of Sweet Briar College are finding it difficult to put some order

May 2013 Newsletter

Greetings from Stevens Strategy! In this newsletter we invite you to check out the new client video testimonials on our updated web site, learn more about our work with Wilson College, review our new service on risk assessment, read relevant articles on the higher education landscape, and

November 2012 Newsletter

Greetings from Stevens Strategy! We are pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2013! In this newsletter we invite you to join us at our 10-year anniversary celebration in Palm Harbor, Florida, refer you to Chronicle coverage of one of our ongoing client