Higher Education Services

With PSS, you receive the strategy and consulting support you need to achieve your institution’s goals.

1PSS works with a wide range of higher educational institutions to help design and implement programs designed to develop & achieve long-range plans, improve performance, increase operating efficiency & streamline costs, help organize and unify your organization, refine recruiting strategies for students & faculty and use data-driven analytics to improve fundraising. Our experienced professionals can help your organization’s leadership team to set and achieve goals suitable for your institution.

We work with higher educational institutions to provide strategic planning services for the entire organization as well as specific functions (e.g., student affairs, academics, alumni relations and career placement). We tailor each project team to meet the needs of each institution’s specific situation and work with the leadership team to gather information using a variety of techniques (e.g., individual interviews, small group meetings, online surveys, facilitated discussions and other customized research methods). Working together, we strive to help our higher education clients to meet both near-term and long-term goals.

Each project is structured to meet the specific needs for each project and the institution’s capabilities and educational mandate, but our key capabilities include the following:

Refine institution, division and department-level strategy

We work with leading higher education institutions to develop and implement new strategic plans as well as to conduct periodic assessment of progress against performance targets within existing plans. We strive to help each institution develop strategic plans that are consistent across the organization.

Adopt emerging technology to maintain relevance

We help clients evaluate their current use of technology and benchmark the current state performance against other relevant institutions. Based on the results of the evaluation, our projects often include resource-loaded implementation plans to adopt online course technology, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other emerging education-related technology.

Address fiscal pressure to “do more with less”

We help clients objectively review the full range of administrative functions included in typical operating budgets to identify opportunities for significant cost savings. Depending on the institution’s current state, this can include eliminating and/or consolidating specific activities as well as leveraging the services available from third party vendors.

Identifying opportunities to enhance revenue growth & increase third party support

We help clients pursue new revenue growth opportunities (e.g., enhanced international recruiting initiatives and development of new corporate education programs) as well as implementing programs to increase third party support (e.g., improved infrastructure to streamline alumni annual giving/capital campaign and outreach to foundations/corporations to increase donations and fund endowments).

We work with a wide range of clients, including:

  • Non-profit universities
  • State hospital systems
  • For-profit institutions
  • Specialized learning institutions
  • University-affiliated research institutes
  • Online learning & shared learning tools
  • Education startups & innovators