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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

Choosing a College President in Times of Crisis

July 13, 2020

College’s Are Bad at Planning. And That’s Not Good

May 7, 2019

A Good Strategic Plan Can Shape a College’s Future but Most Get It Wrong

April 22, 2019

Higher Ed Reauthorization is a Multi-Dimensional Chess Game

April 2, 2019

Are Immigration Policies Hampering U.S. Role in Training Global Workforce?

March 11, 2019

Can Small Colleges Survive in the 21st Century?

March 4, 2019

Protecting Students from Colleges and Colleges from Themselves

February 25, 2019

Unprepared Trustees: A Critical Problem in Higher Education

February 19, 2019

The Canary in Higher Education’s Coal Mine

February 4, 2019

Are Mergers and Acquisitions the Wave of the Future in Higher Education?

January 28, 2019

What Forbes Got Wrong About Income Share Agreements

January 21, 2019

Marrying Liberal Arts to the Workforce

January 16, 2019

Another Small College Bites the Dust

December 18, 2018

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