Offering Assistance and Expertise to Leaders of Higher Education During COVID-19 

Covid-19 is forcing every college and university to face a “new normal” for enrollment management, admissions, registrar and student financial services as the Fall Semester approaches.  Among the many changes that are coming to campuses nationwide are revised academic calendars, classroom utilization patterns and course scheduling, both online and on campus.  In some cases, institutions face uncertain financial conditions based on changing enrollment patterns and missed admissions goals.  All of these concerns may lead to the need for assistance in registrar services and enrollment management practices and perhaps the evaluation and reimagining of current procedures and staffing at all levels.

focusEDU has assisted many higher education institutions to meet their changing needs in these uncertain times.  Our team is experienced in the areas of the registrar profession, business processes, financial aid, and enrollment management and can assist in determining the best ways to approach them, either through on-campus visits or interim appointments. Although the normal consulting assignment includes an on-campus visit of several days, we know that in-person visits are not always an option these days. We are prepared to assist our client institutions using remote and online meetings; or, since our team represents all areas of the country, often we can drive to most campuses for visits of one day or more.

In some cases, an institution may decide that an interim appointment is the approach to take, given that some furloughed staff may not return or that the overall administration needs to be leaner.  In that case, a short-term interim manager may be the best option to cope with changing personnel needs and the creation of and implementation of new job descriptions.  Members of our team are experienced in providing interim assistance in all enrollment management and records situations at all levels.

About focusEDU

focusEDU is a higher education consulting firm that offers the leadership of the higher education community 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.  Expertise and honesty are our cornerstones.  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.   Our team consists of nationally acclaimed leaders in these areas of expertise.

focusEDU partners with higher education leaders to address institutional needs by offering assessment and evaluation consulting, national search services and interim leadership appointments.  We also 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 or a system-wide central administration, the focusEDU team has the expertise to assist you in addressing your needs and positioning your institution with sustainable, best practices solutions.

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  • Consulting Directors with proven skill-based resources.
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Interim Leadership Appointments during COVID-19

COVID-19 and Interim Leadership Appointments The "new normal" with COVID-19 for higher education interim leadership positions in the key areas of enrollment management, admissions, registrar and student financial services is an opportunity for senior

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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

We engaged in services performed by focusEDU and Mr. Glenn Munson on our campus in 2020.  We found the approach to be interactive and professional along with respectful challenges for continued improvements within our organization.  The Team at focusEDU holds high regard for integrity and respect in the registrar profession.  I would highly recommend their services for your registrar needs.

William J. Katip, President, Grace College and Seminary

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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