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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.

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April 16, 2018

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April 3, 2018

What College Presidents Think About the Future of Higher Education

March 19, 2018

Enrollment & Student Affairs Must Align to Grow College Net Revenue

March 12, 2018

Colleges Must Change Financial Model to Avoid Death by a Thousand Cuts

March 5, 2018

Think Humanities Grads Can’t Find Meaningful Work? Check the Facts.

February 20, 2018

Will Higher Education Heed Bond Rating Agency Warnings?

February 13, 2018

Can U.S. Higher Education Disrupt Itself Before It’s Too Late? 

February 5, 2018

Oberlin’s Financial Crisis: Sobering Lessons for Higher Education

January 29, 2018

Adult Students’ Return Provides Opportunity for Colleges

January 24, 2018

U.S. Higher Education vs the Government

January 17, 2018

When it Comes to the Knowledge Economy, We’re All in This Together

December 21, 2017

From Taxes to Immigration, Federal Policies are Hammering Higher Ed

December 14, 2017

Has Higher Education Lost the Battle of Public Perception?

December 5, 2017

Can College Change Begin with a New Computer System?

November 14, 2017

New Thinking Needed on How to Pay for College

November 11, 2017

Why Should Anyone Care About Harvard’s Finances?

November 3, 2017

Derek Bok & the Crisis in Civic Education

October 26, 2017

In Higher Ed Reform, Is Change the Biggest Challenge?

October 19, 2017