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Higher Education Consulting

focusEDU consulting is a higher education consulting firm that offers expertise for national searches, assessments and evaluations and interim placements in the mission-critical areas of enrollment management, admissions, financial aid, registrar, student financial services and college rankings management.  Our goal is to provide sustainable and optimized solutions to the leadership of the higher education community by using our experience and expertise as acclaimed professionals.

focusEDU partners with higher education leaders to address institutional needs by offering assessment and evaluation consulting, national search services and interim leadership appointments.  We offer expert consulting services to the higher education community for understanding and optimization of U.S. News rankings and their elements.

Whether your institution is a small private college; a large public university; a system-wide central administration or a proprietary institution, the team of  focusEDU has the expertise to assist you in addressing your needs and positioning your institution with sustainable, best practices solutions.

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focusEDU Consulting Services

  • Respected consultants in their areas of expertise.
  • Consulting Directors with proven skill-based resources.
  • Solutions based on insightful assessments and evaluations.

  • U.S. News college rankings consulting

  • Optimized national search networks, processes and results.
  • Expert interim management during times of transition.
  • Cost effective solutions that maximize ROI.

Higher Education Consulting Areas of Expertise:

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The Rankings Debate: A Discussion

The Rankings Debate: A Discussion  Do Rankings Matter? Why do college and university rankings matter, particularly those presented annually by U.S. News & World Report?  Millions of families engaged in the college search process

  • Higher Education interim appointment

Interim Leadership in Enrollment Services

Interim Leadership in Enrollment Services – What to Consider and How to Select the Right Candidate Interim leadership is a sound strategy Interim leadership in enrollment services adds value.  When a top

focusEDU Consulting Reviews

Herb Riley is one of the true experts in Enrollment Management and Information Technology in higher education. He has a great grasp of higher education, both in the public and private sectors. His experience and insight have been helpful to me and my institution. Herb can effectively assist institutions with recruiting, developing and retaining high caliber staff. He has keen insight on the “where, when and how” to deploy information technology to streamline business processes.

Paul Robinson, Associate Vice Provost and University Registrar, University of Michigan

Herb Riley served as a consultant for our Enrollment Services division. His recommendations led to an initiative where we are re-inventing the enrollment process with an emphasis on streamlining everything from recruiting to admissions and beyond. Though changes we have implemented have already paid dividends, we are in the implementation phase of a system that will result in ability to check a student’s progress through the admission pipeline in real time!

Tom Hackett, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

“Denny DeSantis is an outstanding and highly respected higher education professional. His dedication to his profession is exceptional and recognized. Denny has always had the ability to think and act strategically, while having practical and hands-on knowledge and experience. His managerial style reflects his keen understanding of how to be highly effective in mentoring and leadership. Working with Denny was always a very positive experience.”

Paul Stieman, President, Enterprise Strategies, Inc.

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