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Academic Innovators is a solutions company.

If a college faces a challenge, we work with the institution as thought partners to meet their challenge and turn it into an opportunity.

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Academic Innovators has developed a series of products that we identify as AI Solutions. These solutions reflect our determination to create value for our clients by developing products – reviewed by our blue chip advisory board – that re-imagine how higher educations institutions operate and thrive in the highly competitive environment that they face.

Institutional Planning/Management

Strategic Finance

Infrastructure Development

Curricular and Co-curricular Programming

Academic Innovators has formed strategic partnerships with best practice organizations across the country to support our efforts to build a sustainable environment for American higher education. They fall into two, often interrelated, groups. The first provide consulting services, research, modeling and outcomes assessment to help colleges and universities develop strategies to achieve greater sustainability. The second group offers innovative, best in practice products that address specific issues identified in our work together.


Higher education’s largest ResNet, Wi Fi and Video Solution provider.

Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Streamlined institutional scanning to determine the financial and operational state of an institution.

Edvance Foundation

Student transfer, enrollment and retention.

Human Capital Research Corporation

Financial aid, student life, economic development modeling and outcomes assessment.

G. K. Baum

College debt and refinancing.

McAllister & Quinn

Federal grant diversification and growth at research universities.

Articles and Blog Posts

Income Share Agreements: Improved Thinking on How to Pay for College

December 11, 2018

Higher Ed’s International Student Quandary

December 4, 2018

Hire Today But Not for This Moment: 
Advice for Presidential Search Committees

November 5, 2018

Governance Isn’t Sexy But It’s Essential to Higher Ed’s Success

October 30, 2018

College Enrollment Isn’t Just Admissions

October 22, 2018

A Better Way to Build Young Alumni Loyalty

October 16, 2018

Degree or Certificate: What’s Needed in Today’s Workforce?

October 8, 2018

Are My Worries My Successor’s Priorities?

October 2, 2018

What To Look For in a College Tour

September 18, 2018

Living — and Working — the Liberal Arts

September 10, 2018

Think a Liberal Arts Education is Waste of Time and Money? Think Again

August 21, 2018

Coach as Enrollment Professional: A New College Athletics Recruiting Model

August 15, 2018