Denison University, a top college located near Columbus, OH, offers a rare opportunity for an accomplished, results-oriented leader to demonstrate, on a broad scale, the value and impact of a liberal arts education. Deadline has been extended to March 2.
For full consideration apply by September 26, 2016.
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, announces a rare opportunity to take a very successful career center to the next level. The person hired in the newly-created Assistant Vice President, Center for Career Exploration and Success position, will lead a team of 20 staff to envision and advance initiatives, and support faculty efforts, that measurably impact students’ ability to successfully transition from college to life-long success beginning in their first year.
Wheaton College, a Christian College located 25 miles west of Chicago, is engaged in a major initiative to re-imagine the preparation and support of students as they consider a wide variety of post-graduate pursuits. It now seeks a leader to direct the Center for Vocation and Career, and in doing so, significantly enhance the value and impact of a Wheaton education throughout the lives of its graduates. A full profile is below.
The University of New Hampshire seeks a transformation-minded individual, who enthusiastically embraces the bold goals for career and professional success envisioned by UNH’s senior leadership. This is a new position. Apply electronically: apply.interfolio.com/33669. The May 2015 report titled “A New Vision for Career Preparation” can be viewed here.
Deadline for applications: August 14, 2015. Bryant University provides an exceptional opportunity for a forward-thinking leader and manager to become the new executive director of the Amica Center for Career Education. Bryant was an early adopter of the philosophy that a business education must be paired with a liberal arts education and vice versa, for long term career success. With a 98% placement rate, Bryant clearly demonstrates its value in the work world. The executive director will be expected to take Bryant’s career initiatives to the next level, capitalizing on innovations taking place in the curriculum, and opportunities to more intentionally connect college to career. Bryant University is located near Providence, RI and Boston, MA.
For full consideration, please apply by August 14, 2015.
What are the biggest threats to Higher Education? Cost? Student debt? Changing demographics and student choice? MOOCs? Inadequate career preparation? Depending on the college, it could be any combination of these factors. In the article Higher Ed Business Models Are Earning Failing Grades, first published in the Journal of Corporate Renewal, we discuss how to accomplish essential change in an academic environment.
Colleges and universities increasingly look to consultants to help with strategic issues and troubling situations. But, unless the fee is likely to exceed six figures, they frequently forego a “Request for Proposal” (RFP). Instead, they rely on verbal conversations, and primarily use word of mouth to identify potential consultants. Agreements about what the consultant will be expected to do can be as short as a handshake.
That higher education would part with its money so easily is a surprise. What is less of a surprise is how frequently the short proposals submitted by consultants in lieu of an RFP become problematic.
At the heart of a consulting assignment is an understanding of what the client school wants to achieve, and an appreciation for the culture within which the college operates. When brief conversations between client school and prospective consultants lead to even briefer written descriptions in proposals, there is too much room for unwarranted assumptions to be made. Consequently, misunderstandings arise which sour relationships, no matter the original good intentions on both sides.
To ensure the success of the consulting assignment, and in the absence of an RFP, it is incumbent for the prospective consultant to write a detailed proposal. The components of such a proposal are as follows:
- Project title
- Proposal summary
- Name of College and Client
- Name of Consultant
- Current situation (based on preliminary conversation with College)
- Background to the situation (based on preliminary conversation with College)
- Project scope and deliverables
- Expected results of the project
- Consultant approach
- Information requested in advance of campus visit
- Interviewee list for on-campus visit
- Proposed timeframe and schedule
- Location (e.g., on-site, telephone)
- Proposed dates
- Fees, expenses and terms
- Consultant biography
A good proposal might be 6-8 pages long. It takes a significant amount of thought and time, and there is usually no guarantee it will be accepted. But it is actually easier to get hired with a well-considered proposal. Clients know what they’re getting and for what the consultant will be held accountable. This gives the college a sense of confidence that the consultant knows what she is doing, and has realistic expectations for how long it will take.
In the experience of the Curran Consulting Group, time spent on the proposal avoids “scope creep”, and leads to a much better result for all parties.
Sheila Curran is the Curran Consulting Group President and Chief Strategy consultant. She has used the model described in this post for over five years, with great success.
LMU seeks an Associate Provost who embraces Jesuit traditions of educating the whole person, and is passionate about connecting education to transformative lives after graduation. Together with a career team and strategic partners at LMU, the Associate Provost is responsible for building programs, services, and connections that will enhance career outcomes for all students, regardless of their course of study. Loyola Marymount University, founded in 1911, is a comprehensive university in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education. Located on the west side of Los Angeles overlooking the Pacific, LMU is one of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and five Marymount institutions. It serves approximately 6,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students.