Higher education
and workforce development

As demand increases around the globe and educational platforms evolve, traditional market segments in the higher education sector face mounting pressure to adapt to the changing landscape.

The higher education business model faces an unprecedented set of challenges, making it even more critical for institutions to understand how best to go to market, where and how to differentiate from the competition, and how to invest scarce resources.

Parthenon-EY’s Education practice team combines deep higher education experience with dedicated professionals to help institutions of higher education in developing the disciplined and customized strategic plans critical to long-term success in this challenging marketplace.

Perspectives

What we do

Our focus

We help institutional leaders and stakeholders across boards of trustees, administrative teams and faculty senates to deliver rigorous data-driven analysis through deep stakeholder engagement to provide clear guidance in a rapidly changing landscape.

Our higher education clients span geographies and strategic issues. Some examples include:

  • UK university: assessment of strategic options for growth in a landscape specific to the Northern Hemisphere, including advising on program optimization review
  • Australian university: strategic assessment of potential domestic and international expansion opportunities
  • Large US university system: organizational redesign of the specific functions and capabilities required to support the office of the chancellor
  • Top-tier research institution: mission alignment and program redesign for the graduate school
  • Small liberal arts college: strategy development for non-core revenue growth opportunities

Our higher education clients span geographies and strategic issues.

Our services

We help our clients in evaluating and developing customized approaches to the most critical issues underlying the individual needs of the institution. We deploy a wide range of capabilities to help institutions reach target levels of performance across five broad critical areas:

  • Student experience: student engagement and segmentation, return on investment analysis, program portfolio optimization and new program development, and transnational education strategies
  • Faculty experience: governance and organizational structures, faculty engagement, research and grant management strategies, and technology transfer and IP monetization strategies
  • Institutional reach and impact: brand activation, economic impact assessment and public-private partnership articulation
  • Transaction support: partnership development, affiliation strategies, M&A activities and other transaction support
  • Organizational and operational efficiency: finance, HR and IT assessments, business system and process evaluation, design and implementation, operational efficiency assessments, IT strategy and implementation, financial systems and processes, infrastructure planning and capital transformation, and risk management

We provide data-driven insights that help clients build pragmatic strategies that deliver results.

Why us?

Our global experience extends across public sector and non-profit education providers, foundations, for-profit companies and service providers, and investors.

Our team is best positioned to help you because of our:

  • Deep experience working with post-secondary institutions: Our dedicated team has worked with a wide range of higher education organizations whose collective annual enrollments represent nearly two million students worldwide. We have extensive networks across institutions of higher education, policymakers, funders and industry professionals.
  • Our actionable and practical approach to strategic planning and business model development: Through our hypothesis-focused approach and experience of our team members, we are able to help our clients generate actionable insights in a relatively short period of time.
  • Dedicated senior leadership with deep project experience: From junior analysts to project leaders, our entire team has experience working across higher education institutions, state education agencies, school districts and leading foundations and in the country’s most important education reform issues. Our senior leadership is active and engaged, including former government officials to global academics and non-profit and for-profit educational board members.

Our global team of dedicated professionals has provided end-to-end services for 20+ years.

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Case study: Due diligence for an educational institution

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