Higher Education

At Allen Austin, we understand the challenges faced by colleges and universities. We do this by helping higher educational institutions recruit, train, and retain organizational leaders who have the ability, experience, and insight to make the right strategic decisions in today’s increasingly complex and competitive environment. Our goal is to help them improve the quality of student learning while maintaining a sustainable position in the industry.

Intensified global education, the need to serve a more diversified student base, more insistent public demand for accountability, and pressure to widen access to quality education, are several factors that are reshaping the Higher Education industry.

The most distressing trend is that fewer people want what higher education offers. A recently released report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that total enrollment for fall 2022 declined by 0.6% and was down by 1.23 million undergraduates compared to pre-pandemic levels. If colleges and universities can attract new students, another one of the biggest issues facing all Higher Education Institutions across the globe is falling student retention and completion rates.  Students from disadvantaged groups are more likely to be affected, indicating higher education institutions need to do more to support underrepresented cohorts during their time in college.  Falling student completion rates not only impact students who drop out. They directly impact and damage the institution’s long-term reputation, student enrollment and income stream.

Our team of consultants brings their in-depth expertise and experience in the higher education industry to create a leadership development and talent management strategy that focuses on improving the long-term strategic and learning outcomes of institutions. Based on a solid understanding of industry dynamics and institutional policies and goals, our executive search services help you identify well-matched individuals who will not only succeed in their new position but also drive the growth and success of your organization.


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