Walsh Introduces Master of Science in Data Analytics

TROY, Mich., June 29, 2020 — Walsh has introduced a Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA), available beginning Jan. 4, 2021. The MSDA can be completed 100% online (asynchronously or in real time), on ground, or a combination of each. The custom-developed curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving and applied skill building through hands-on exercises. Students move through the program by “leveling up” from one course to the next. The MSDA includes ten core courses and three additional foundation courses for students without a technical background. There is no GRE requirement and applications are currently being accepted.

Demand for qualified data analysts is rising. According to the World Economic Forum 2018 Future of Jobs Report, 85% of companies surveyed reported plans to adopt data analytics by 2022 and a 2019 LinkedIn survey reported data analytics as one of the top 25 skills most companies need.

“Walsh’s cutting edge technology programs instill critical thinking, problems solving and analytics skills that align with industry expectations,” said Dave Schippers, D.Sc., CISSP, chair and professor of Information Technology/Decision Sciences (ITDS). “Our students train on enterprise-level software and graduate ready to use their knowledge and skills immediately in the workplace.”

Walsh’s ITDS programs are frequently recognized for excellence. The Master of Science in IT has been ranked second in the nation and was named one of 2020’s Best Online Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Programs. Walsh was the first school in the nation to offer a degree concentration in automotive cybersecurity and was the first school in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

For more information about Walsh programs, visit walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Offers Students Choice, Flexibility For Fall 2020 Semester

TROY, Mich., May 21, 2020 — Walsh’s fall semester will be focused on flexibility. Students will have the choice to attend classes on ground, online (asynchronously or in real time) or a hybrid option combining online and on-ground attendance. Academic and student services will continue to be offered virtually, with in-person access available by appointment. Student Life meetings and events will continue with options for students to participate in person with limited available reservations and unlimited virtual access. Food service will be unavailable and community and corporate event rentals will remain on hold. On-ground classes will be moved into larger spaces to ensure proper social distancing. The percentage of on-ground classes that will be offered is being finalized.

All Walsh students receive a free Zoom Pro account when they enroll in classes and have access to the Navigate app, which allows them to schedule appointments with academic advisors, form study groups with classmates and receive reminders to help them stay on track with classes.

“Walsh is known for flexibility and this fall will be no different,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO. “We are ready to welcome new, continuing and guest students. We will be following federal and state guidelines for safety and are poised to flip to 100 percent remote delivery within 24 hours if the need arises.”

Remote learning allows students to attend class and participate from anywhere in the world. There is no difference between Walsh’s internationally and nationally ranked online programs and those delivered remotely, on ground, or in any combination. Students receive the same curriculum from faculty with decades of real world experience, in a way that fits their individual needs.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu/coronavirus

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Retains Gold Level Status as Veteran-Friendly School

TROY, Mich., May 7, 2020 — Walsh has retained its status as a Gold-level Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. The MVAA’s Michigan Veteran-Friendly Schools Program highlights institutions committed to offering services and support to meet the needs of veterans or military-connected students.

Gold-level status is the MVAA’s highest distinction and recognizes schools meeting six or more of the required criteria including veteran-specific advising, resources and staff, a system to award credit based on prior military training or experience and a process for identifying current veteran students.

Walsh helps veterans transition from military service to a successful career by providing personalized service and a clear pathway to a degree. The application fee is waived and veterans have access to veteran-specific scholarships, licensed professional counselors on staff to assist during transition and extended payment due dates for GI Bill® users. Career Services advisors help translate military terms, experience and responsibilities into civilian business language for resumes and job interviews. Walsh also offers a designated space for veterans at its Troy location and a student veteran organization.

For more information about Walsh’s veteran services, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Bachelor’s Program Receives Top 5 Ranking in U.S.

TROY, Mich., Feb. 26, 2020 — Walsh’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management was ranked No. 5 in the United States on the list of the Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Business Administration, an annual publication by Online Schools Report. Walsh’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) also ranked at No. 6 on the Best Online Master’s in Business Administration list and earned the program its fourth top ranking in 14 months. Walsh graduate degree programs consistently earn national and international rankings, but this marks the school’s first ranking for an undergraduate degree program.

Online Schools Report evaluates a school based on student satisfaction, admission rate and online presence. Individual degree programs are evaluated based on popularity at the school, department size and average debt for program graduates. The final lists include the top 50 online degree programs across the country.

The Walsh BBA program is available entirely online and offers majors in finance, general business, human resource management, management and marketing. Walsh’s online programs provide the same curriculum as on-ground programs and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Higher Learning Commission.

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998. Other recent recognition for excellence in online education includes a Tier One Global Online MBA, one of the Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S., and one of the Best Online Master’s in Network Security.

View the complete lists by Online Schools Report:

Bachelor’s degree programs: www.onlineschoolsreport.com/best-online-business-administration-degrees.

Master’s degree programs: www.onlineschoolsreport.com/best-online-masters-in-business-administration-degrees.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Marks Over 50 Years of Community College Partnerships

TROY, Mich., Sept. 11, 2019 — For over 50 years, Walsh’s partnerships with community colleges have provided students an affordable, accessible education. In 1968, Walsh began offering coursework for upper-division students who had completed two years at community college or a four-year institutions. Since that time, Walsh has built community college partnerships to include Henry Ford College, Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, St. Clair Community College, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College District and many more across Michigan and beyond. At a time when the cost of a college degree is higher than ever, Walsh’s strong relationships with community colleges offer a number of benefits to transfer students.

Three Degrees in Five Years
Walsh offers several paths to a degree in business or technology to help students save time and money.

Walsh Now allows students to take classes toward their bachelor’s degree while they are still attending community college.

FastTrack is an accelerated program that lets students earn their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years.

Walsh Online allows students to complete their degree entirely online, from anywhere in the world, with the same small class sizes and personal attention they would receive if they were attending on ground.

An Efficient Transfer Experience
Walsh accepts up to 91 transfer credits and has built a reputation for providing an easy transfer process.

“Walsh values our community college relationships tremendously,” said Marsha Kelliher, Walsh President and CEO. “Students receive a strong start at community college and seamlessly transfer to Walsh to finish their degree at an internationally ranked, private business school.”

Payton Beigler, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in information technology, planned to transfer to Walsh 18 months before she made the move, and worked with the same advisor throughout the entire process. “My Walsh advisor was so helpful,” said Beigler, “She helped me figure out the classes I would need for my degree path to make my transfer from community college smooth.”

Affordability
Community college students who transfer to Walsh to finish their bachelor’s degree have the advantage of saving between $35,000-60,000 on tuition, compared to four-year public and private institutions.

For students who do take out loans, Walsh’s 2015 3-year default rate is 3.4%. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the National 2015 3-year default rate is 10.8% and Michigan’s 2015 3-year default rate is 12.2%.*

Walsh also offers many scholarship opportunities including the Community College Excellence Award, available to Michigan community college students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.750 or higher. Select full-tuition scholarships are also available.

Flexibility
College students are busier than ever, often balancing work, family, and other priorities with school. They need a clear, accessible, and flexible pathway to their degree. In addition to online and evening classes, students can also register for classes a full year in advance, helping them schedule school around their hectic lives.

For more information about transferring to Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/transfer-college-credit

*The 2015 3-year default rates are the current reported rates.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh’s Online MBA Named One of Best in U.S.

TROY, Mich., November 2, 2018 — Walsh’s online MBA has been named one of the best online degree programs not requiring a GMAT in the United States, according to an industry-leading educational research organization. Walsh is the only institution of higher education in Michigan to earn this distinction.

Walsh was ranked No. 9 in the United States by OnlineMasters.com, which researches every graduate program in the nation to provide prospective students data-driven, unbiased research. Schools in the study were evaluated based on the quality of their academic programs, student success and affordability.

“Walsh was an early adopter of online education,” said Dr. Michael Rinkus, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Walsh. “We offered our first online course in 1998 and have a dedicated online learning team that continuously innovates to offer our students an online education experience that is academically challenging, engaging and efficient. We could not be more proud of this honor.”

The Walsh MBA is structured around four 11-week semesters instead of the traditional 15 weeks at most schools, and ongoing registration allows students to plan their courses for the entire year. Ninety percent of Walsh faculty are working professionals who bring authentic industry experience into small class settings, whether on-ground or online. No GMAT is required for admission to the Walsh MBA program.

This is not Walsh’s first recognition for excellence in online education. Other recent distinctions include one of the Best Online Colleges in Michigan, one of the Best Online Programs for a Master’s in Network Security, one of the Best Online Master’s in Marketing and a Top Online MBA Program in Michigan. For more information about Walsh degrees, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Farmington Hills and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Introduces Cutting-Edge IT Curriculum

Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department’s new leadership team includes Dave Schippers, Thomas Petz and Christopher Heiden, three professionals with decades of diverse experience in information technology who are enhancing curriculum with unique hands-on learning experiences to prepare graduates for careers in cybersecurity, automotive cybersecurity, business information systems and more.

“We’ve developed curriculum that blends academic theory and rigor with extensive hands-on development of critical skills. Walsh is the only school in Michigan to offer an experience like our Attack and Defend course, where teams attack and defend a mock business infrastructure in a controlled environment,” said Schippers. “Our graduates leave Walsh ready to enter the IT workforce, all the way up to the federal level.”

Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Schippers has 20 years of experience in information technology, cybersecurity and project management. He spearheaded Walsh’s new Automotive Cybersecurity concentration, which is available within the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program.

Associate Professor Petz has 20 years of IT experience and in 2015 was named the Keith A. Pretty Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year from the Alliance for Excellence in Online Education. He is helping to revitalize core programming courses in Walsh’s undergraduate and graduate IT degrees and specializations.

Associate Professor Heiden brings 20 years of experience in information technology, digital marketing, and database technologies and is focused on expanding Walsh’s data sciences degree concentration.

Walsh was the first school in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE/CD). Our IT degrees align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards. For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences program, visit www.walshcollege.edu or call 800-WALSH-01.


ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Part 1: Why Talent Leaves Michigan

By: Sarah Craft

My friend Bryan Lewis had a great year. As program director at Youth Energy Squad, his mission is to grow the next generation of green leaders. This year, his team engaged nearly 2,500 Detroit students and completed nearly 600 community greening projects. They visited Washington D.C. and students had the opportunity to meet with leaders to discuss ways to build power for young people across the country to take action in sustainability.

“My mission is to work with young people to lead change that improves the lives of other young people in the Detroit area and beyond,” he said. “I feel that we’ve gotten closer to achieving our mission than ever before. Our students grew so much and I’m so thankful for our program to have been a part of that growth.”

Bryan has definitely found his place in Detroit. But that wasn’t always his plan.

Bryan grew up in Southfield and there was a sentiment shared by many of his peers that the only way to move up in the world was to get out of town. So when he had the chance to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he jumped on it.

Southeast Michigan loses so much young talent to other states. And in our recent Southeast Michigan Talent Retention Survey, Detroit Drives Degrees had the chance to hear from almost 100 people who were born in the region but left. Based on this survey, the top three reasons people leave are for work, education and exploration.

1. Work opportunities

Most survey respondents said they left the region for a job. They said it was challenging finding entry-level work after college or there was a lack of well-paying jobs in their field, especially in tech, sciences and public policy.

I love Detroit and would love to move back eventually. But my career options are best on the East Coast.”

“If I could find stable employment I would move back in a second.”

“After working part-time or working for organizations where upward mobility wasn’t an option, I was offered a job outside Detroit. I had to take it, for the professional opportunities as well as for my own emotional well-being. I loved living and working in Detroit, and I would come back in a heartbeat if offered a comparable position to what I do now.”

2. Higher education

Like Bryan, many respondents said they left the region for an opportunity to attend college or graduate school. Some returned after completing their degree but others stayed because of prospects they found in their new network.

“I went to school on the west side of the state – loved it. But both my husband and I wanted to be close to our families and our cottage on Saginaw Bay.”

“Moved to the Northeast and will likely stay in the area due to my career and my spouse’s family is from this area.”

3. Interest in other areas

Others said that after growing up in Southeast Michigan, they simply wanted to experience life in another place.

 “I wanted to see what life was like outside of Michigan and my job opportunities were limited, so I left. I like living outside of Michigan, recreationally and culturally.”

In many cases, respondents said amenities and quality of life are better in other areas. Many relocated to larger metropolitan areas that invested differently in public spaces and infrastructure. In particular, respondents cited walkable urban neighborhoods, robust regional transit and diversity.

“I don’t think Detroit is attractive to millennials. It lacks public transportation, diverse industries and diverse people.”

Some of our region’s home-grown talent leave and never return. Others, however, do come back. Usually they return for family, an interest in Detroit, and the opportunity to make an impact.

As I mentioned in my last blog, all three of my college-educated siblings left the state and will very likely never return. Bryan did. Find out why in my next post.


Sarah Craft is a program associate for Detroit Drives Degrees.

Walsh College Will Break Ground for $15 Million Addition on Sept. 5

Walsh College will break ground for the $15 million addition and renovation to its Troy campus at 3838 Livernois at a special ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, September 5, 2014. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register at www.walshcollege.edu/groundbreaking.

Originally announced last April, the project will include a two-story, 27,000 square-foot renovation and addition to Walsh’s original Troy campus building, built in the 1970s, and a 28,000 square-foot renovation to existing interior spaces. Construction is anticipated to take 18 months.

The addition will encompass distinct pavilions with a business-communication focused student success center, a student lounge, and a “one-stop” student services center.

“Along with recently announced enhancements to our graduate business programs, the groundbreaking underscores the bright future we envision for Walsh, our students, and the community,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.

“New and updated facilities offer a contemporary learning and teaching environment ideally suited for students and faculty, and also present a modern face to the community,” Bergeron added.

The technologically advanced student success center will focus on the development of business-communication skills critical to leadership roles. The student lounge will have an interactive meeting space ideal for collaboration, as well as additional study areas.

The student services center will house departments ranging from admissions to career services. It will provide efficient, “one-stop” service and private spaces for academic advising, support, and corporate recruiting.

Walsh’s student body now totals more than 4,000, nearly evenly divided between men and women. More than 91 percent attend part-time. About 83 percent of the College’s 26,000 alumni live in Michigan.

Other recent building renovations at Walsh College’s Troy campus have included the 37,000 square-foot Jeffrey W. Barry Center, completed in 2007; the Blackstone LaunchPad for entrepreneurs in 2010; a Barnes & Noble bookstore in 2012; and a Finance Lab in 2013.

The architect for the current project is Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Chicago.

With the impending start of construction, about 80 Walsh staff personnel have moved to temporary quarters at the Sheffield Center, Troy. Most direct student services and faculty, however, remain at the main campus on Livernois. In all cases, phone numbers, email, and mailing addresses are unchanged.

For more information about Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

 

Plante Moran Unveils “New Ideas for Higher Education 2014-15”

Southfield, Mich., Aug. 14, 2014 – As college and university administrators welcome students back to campus,
Plante Moran has released “New Ideas for Higher Education 2014-15.”

The 28-page report taps into the expertise of several leading voices in higher education to explore some of their key issues, including accreditation, governance, shared services, technology transfer and consolidations. Told through a combination of Q&A and case studies, the report blends real-world experience with best practices to provide practical recommendations.

Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, connected with the Higher Learning Commission, Central Michigan University, Oakland County Information Technology and Innovation Alliance to prepare the “New Ideas for Higher Education 2014-2015” report. “No one has to tell higher education leaders that times are changing,” writes Vicki VanDenBerg, Plante Moran practice leader for higher education. “Many institutions are struggling to control costs while maintaining enrollment. When student debt sits at an unprecedented $1 trillion, it is time to find ways to become more nimble and to change ‘business as usual.’

“Institutions must look for innovative solutions to modify legacy costs or divest obsolete programs that are failing to provide strong performance measures. True forward thinkers must look for alternative revenue streams and programs.”

“New Ideas for Higher Education” features extensive interviews and analysis on five major areas, including:
• Accreditation: J. Lee Johnson, a CPA and college administrator, notes that the accreditation process has changed significantly over the past 15 years since he became actively engaged as a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The advent of MOOCs – massive open online courses – along with distance learning, unbundling the role of faculty, the rise of the for-profit model and changing patterns of participation have conspired to fundamentally change the way that colleges and universities face the accreditation process. While Johnson, a senior vice president of business and finance at Siena Heights University, suspects a national accreditation process could be in the future, he doesn’t see the current peer review model going away – just giving rise to new metrics and standards.
• Governance boards: As a peer reviewer, Johnson knows that in order to understand an institution, he needs to look at their board minutes to see if they are setting the right direction, asking the right questions and understanding the mission. He points to a list of 10 habits of highly effective boards created by Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, that advise creating a culture of inclusion, upholding fiduciary principles, considering strategic risk factors and focusing on accountability as tools for success.
• Shared services: Phil Bertolini is a big believer in the power of shared services. As chief information officer and deputy county executive of Oakland County, Mich., he has seen firsthand the power – and the cost savings – inherent in the shared-services model and encourages colleges and universities to explore the possibilities. Bertolini says that higher education leaders should inventory what services they have and evaluate what they need from a cost-benefit perspective as they begin the process. He recommends they also evaluate their team, determine if they have a realistic plan and develop a governance process. “Governments learned a very important lesson during the lean years and, rather than going back to the old days, they are learning to work with less and get more done,” Bertolini says. “With student debt reaching epic proportions in our country, it is only a matter of time before higher education institutions are challenged with looking at shared services as a critical cost-saving measure.”
• Commercialization and technology transfer: While colleges and universities have been increasingly engaged with technology transfer for the past three decades, Tom Harper says that there are several key strategies that will allow them to be faster and more efficient at the process. A senior manager in Plante Moran’s restructuring, operations excellence and supply chain management consulting practice, Harper says that institutions need to be aware of industry-specific commercialization requirements, such as quality systems in the development of medical devices, on the front side of technology transfer programs. Harper also recommends becoming an easy-to-work-with partner, creating a culture of entrepreneurship and communicating effectively.
• Consolidation: To merge or not to merge remains an increasingly important question for higher education leaders. While many focus on the numbers, Plante Moran says there are other factors to consider when looking at consolidation, including the difficulty of merging two different missions and cultures without alienating constituents in either community. Perhaps equally as important is defining a new, consolidated brand that respects institutional history while creating a unique position in the market.

“While no one has a crystal ball, it isn’t hard to see that a revised business model for higher education might include partnerships with other institutions – even those outside of academia,” VanDenBerg says. “There are certainly many arguments for and against running a higher education institution like a business, but most would agree that with today’s constrained resources, there’s an urgent need for more communication and idea sharing among diverse stakeholders, including faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.”

ABOUT PLANTE MORAN
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest accounting, tax and consulting firms and provides a full line of services to organizations in the following industries: manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions, service, health care, private equity, public sector and real estate and construction. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit plantemoran.com.