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Brian Mitchell & Associates helps educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations identify and break down barriers to progress and growth. We take a holistic approach to problem solving, assembling a unique team of experts for each project based on our client’s specific goals and developing solutions that drive and support real system change. Key to our success is our commitment to best practices that not only advance institutions individually but also create opportunity for mutually beneficial collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, and government.

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Colleges Must Learn How to Pay Their Bills

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We have reached a tipping point in public opinion with forecasts by some that as many as one-third of America’s private colleges and universities may … Read More

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WHAT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT . . .

1) Creating a campus fund to monetize college and university real estate for campus edge, new residential and commercial construction, and the repurposing of existing … Read More

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Announcing the Higher Education Executive Continuing Education Series

The mission of this continuing education series is to provide ongoing, continuous, “life long” training for college administrators, faculty, staff and trustees to improve their … Read More

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About

  • Who We Are

    Brian Mitchell & Associates, LLC is a professional services firm dedicated to delivering innovative, sustainable, and strategic solutions to the complex challenges facing educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations. The firm works closely with college and university leaders as well as directors of associations, government agencies, and nonprofits focused on the education and cultural sectors.

    We are unique because of the methodologies we employ. We think about nonprofits differently, developing holistic solutions that put the pieces together in new and entrepreneurial ways. We focus on the intersection between areas of traditional nonprofit focus and link them directly to institutional strategy. We uncover opportunity at the margins, where nonprofits seldom innovate. We embrace a transdisciplinary approach to create real system change for our clients – breathing life, purpose, and discipline into their strategic plans and moving their agendas forward. Institutions and organizations with whom we work emerge from the process thinking differently about themselves. They are more confident, robust, and viable; better able to imagine the possible; and strategically positioned for the future.

    Led by Brian Mitchell, a respected thought leader with decades of executive experience in higher education, Brian Mitchell & Associates provides expertise and guidance in seven key areas: strategic planning, master planning, governance, fiscal management, human resource development, enrollment, and community development.

  • Our Vision

    Brian Mitchell & Associates is passionately committed to promoting excellence and innovation in educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations. The firm forges strong client relationships with institutions and organizations that are seeking to effect positive change. Working closely with a network of institutional leaders, senior administrators, and best-in-practice institutional affiliates, we take a holistic view of the factors that contribute to excellence and bring creativity, understanding, and passion to every professional engagement. Our vision is shaped by the following characteristics:

    • Uniquely experienced – Our many years as university executives enable us to identify and overcome impediments to performance and innovation.
    • Tenacious problem solvers – We focus on linking strategic client goals with underlying tactical considerations. We work with leaders to rethink and refine their programs, tools, and approaches in ways that are viable, transformative, and sustainable.
    • Undaunted by complexity – We relish the opportunity to tackle complex, mission-critical initiatives and help guide nonprofits through internal system change while addressing external opportunities and challenges.
    • Nimble and versatile – Our ingenuity and experience position us to address a breadth of strategic initiatives that range from improving governance to shaping strategic plans.
    • Connected and collaborative – We partner with a wide network of senior and professional associates and institutional affiliates to create the ideal mix of skills and expertise for each engagement.
  • Our Approach

    Brian Mitchell & Associates understands that every issue requires a unique solution, and our job is to engage in thoughtful planning, thorough analysis, timely execution, and ongoing assessment in order to achieve positive outcomes for our clients. Our client relationships are characterized by our:

    • Willingness to listen carefully and pose thoughtful questions
    • Ability to understand and appreciate an institution’s history and culture
    • Capacity to be nimble, resourceful, and creative in proposing solutions
    • Desire to link solutions with an institution’s strategic plan
    • Understanding of an institution’s place both within the surrounding community and its competitive environment
    • Commitment to linking identifiable, objective metrics with the planning process in order to gauge progress

    Our success stems from not only in-house expertise but also the experienced and distinguished group of senior and professional associates and institutional affiliates with whom we partner. Our network comprises the individuals, resources, depth of knowledge, and entrepreneurial thinking necessary to create solutions that reflect best practices in nonprofit management.

  • Leadership

    Brian C. Mitchell, Principal

    Experience at a glance:

    • Chair, Board of Trustees, Merrimack College
    • President, Bucknell University
    • President, Washington & Jefferson College
    • President, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania

    Brian C. Mitchell, Ph.D., served as president of Bucknell University from 2004 to 2010. At Bucknell, Brian developed the University’s first comprehensive strategic plan and modern campus master plan and hired nearly 60 tenure-track professors in three years to reduce faculty teaching loads. He launched the current $500 million capital campaign, raising $170 million from all sources in less than three years, and developed an ambitious core community initiative that brought over $25 million to date to the University and its region to improve the local and regional economies. He previously served as president of Washington & Jefferson College (1998-2004) and the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (1991-1998).

    Brian is past chair of the Pennsylvania Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarships, the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. He also has served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Geisinger Health System, and National History Day. He received the POSSE Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education Through Leadership from the POSSE Foundation in 2010 and the Charles W.L. Foreman Award for Innovation in Private Higher Education from the Council of Independent Colleges and the Foundation for Independent Higher Education in 2011.

    Brian serves as a director of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and as immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of Merrimack College. A widely published labor historian, he received his bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College and his doctorate from the University of Rochester.

    Click to download Brian Mitchell CV

A Breadth of Expertise

  • Brian Mitchell & Associates takes a holistic view of the people, programs, and facilities that combine to create dynamic, vibrant, and sustainable nonprofit institutions and organizations.

    We understand the interplay among the core components of that dynamic environment and how each must link to an institution’s strategic plan if it is to remain healthy and relevant. Drawing from the resources of our nationally respected affiliate network, we work collaboratively with educational institutions, nonprofits, and consortia toward creating an integrated vision for the future.

  • Strategic Planning

    Is the institution’s ethos reflected in its strategic plan?

    Does the strategic plan provide an actionable framework that links institutional resources with people, programs, and facilities?

    Strategic Planning

    The best strategic plans create a living dynamic, establish shared aspirations, and build excitement and momentum throughout the institutional community. They also enable institutional leaders to successfully drive and manage change in areas ranging from facilities enhancements and community outreach to development.

    Brian Mitchell & Associates offers a proven ability to help institutions not just think boldly but also move decisively. We can support an institutional leader’s vision by setting attainable goals, clear benchmarks, and robust, well-timed internal assessments, all of which help to earn the endorsement of senior-level administrators and establish a visible way forward for the entire community. Embraced by a wide range of constituents, a good strategic plan takes on a life of its own, with goals continuously driven forward from all corners of the institution.

  • Master Planning

    Does the master plan emerge seamlessly from the strategic plan?

    Is it sufficiently comprehensive to transform the institution into a dynamic regional and national economic driver?

    Master Planning

    The best master plans take a holistic view of the institution, seeking change that not only strengthens an institution’s physical presence but also uplifts the entire community. They must also protect an institution’s historic claims to tax exemption, which are critical to its survival.

    Brian Mitchell & Associates works closely with institutional leaders, architects, project managers, facilities planners, and in-house facilities staff to structure a plan and process that enables clients to meet their strategic objectives. We lay out the framework that enables clients to stay on time and on budget, link the master plan to the strategic plan, and drive community connections and economic growth.

  • Governance

    Is shared governance respected and understood by the institution as a whole?

    Do key constituencies understand the duties, responsibilities, opportunities – and limitations – of their roles in the governance structure?

    Governance

    In the corporate world, decisions tend to rest with the CEO, but nonprofit management is characterized by shared governance. As such, the perspectives of boards of trustees and other key constituencies factor significantly into every major decision.

    With decades of experience in higher education leadership, the firm and its network of distinguished managers and practitioners have a highly successful track record of working effectively with trustees and senior-level administrators. That experience, combined with the perspective gained from corporate work, provides the perfect vantage point for helping clients understand the challenges and opportunities of shared governance. As a result, we are able to deliver comprehensive, effective strategies that help our clients lead and manage complex institutions.

  • Human Resource Development

    How do you find senior managers who understand nonprofits but also possess the creativity and nimbleness to act as change agents?

    In an era that demands cost-effective and entrepreneurial solutions, how can nonprofit institutions develop and sustain a team that grows with and adapts to their own success in a rapidly changing environment?

    Human Resource Development

    Increasingly, nonprofit institutions are finding new opportunities to rethink how members of their senior management team relate to one another as well as the dynamic environment in which they operate. Many institutions are now hiring senior-level managers from a broader and deeper candidate pool that includes the private sector. Further, management best practices dictate that key staff members organize in different ways to meet challenges and opportunities and respond to the needs of their constituencies.

    To address the changing face of nonprofit leadership, Brian Mitchell & Associates works closely with institutions to understand their unique environments, match the right players to the right settings, and help implement management and organizational strategies that have identifiable metrics by which to measure leadership success.

  • Fiscal Management

    In an era of declining resources, how much flexibility exists to meet changing conditions and new opportunities?

    How do nonprofit institutions understand and maximize their revenue streams to meet key objectives linked to their strategic plan?

    Fiscal Management

    Most nonprofit institutions are heavily dependent on some combination of user fees, such as college tuition, and auxiliary revenue streams. A few have sizeable endowments, but even these institutions have been impacted by the deep recession and draw-down policies. In addition, nonprofits face reductions in state and federal support and shifting priorities among corporate and foundation donors.

    At Brian Mitchell & Associates, we work with institutions to conduct an in-depth assessment of their financial health, potential revenue sources, and how their revenue, debt, tax policy, and (where appropriate) new revenue and third-party sources can be used to achieve strategic initiatives. Our job is to reassemble the financial pieces to create a viable, balanced, and conservative pathway to support growth while strengthening the understanding and use of current and prospective financial resources.

  • Enrollment

    Has the institution linked its admissions and financial aid programs to shape a student body that reflects the aspirations of its strategic plan?

    Is the institution’s enrollment model relational or transactional in nature?

    Enrollment

    Enrollment drives educational institutions’ financial, cultural, and academic agendas. Yet in a world where the need for a college-educated workforce is greater than ever, colleges and universities face daunting challenges associated with changing student demographics, an increasingly competitive admissions environment, and uncertain economic conditions. We strongly believe the time has come to move from a transactional to a relational model of student recruitment. Having created and implemented successful and sustainable admissions and enrollment programs, we are fully qualified to reorient and retool an institution so that enrollment staff can identify and recruit not just more applicants, but the right applicants – those most likely to enroll and thrive there. In doing so, we help build enrollment programs that foster lifelong relationships with students “from cradle through career.”

  • Core Community Development

    Does the strategic plan take into account its sense of place in the surrounding community?

    Has the institution devised strategies to protect its tax exemption while investing funds to foster community development?

    Core Community Development

    Too often, and many times unintentionally, nonprofit institutions isolate themselves from the towns and cities where they reside. Brian Mitchell & Associates helps institutions implement programs that are mutually beneficial to both the internal and external communities. We assess the assets most likely to build community engagement and spur development, while addressing the tax implications of community relations at the local and regional levels.

    By working with the firm, institutions can become better neighbors and drivers of economic activity in their regions and, in turn, help surrounding communities become more vibrant, welcoming, and attractive to potential applicants, faculty, and employees.

Making an Impact

Together with our affiliate network, Brian Mitchell & Associates includes some of the best and brightest thought leaders, opinion makers, and practitioners in American higher education and nonprofit management. We focus on game-changing ideas that deliver meaningful, sustainable progress to both individual institutions and the nonprofit sector as a whole.

  • Building Knowledge and Expertise: Higher Education Senior Executive Continuing Education Series

    Question:  How do we provide better training for senior higher education leadership that addresses individual strengths and weaknesses and encourages best practices in management?

    This project is developed through the Edvance Foundation, which has been supported in part by Brian Mitchell & Associates as its principal philanthropy.

    The mission of this continuing education series is to provide ongoing, continuous, “life long” training for college administrators, faculty, staff and trustees to improve their understanding of and contributions to the higher education community.

    To do so, the Edvance Foundation will collaborate with Today’s Campus to offer one-hour webinars on multiple topics of interest, both technical and policy-based, to higher education leadership. The American Academic Leadership Institute of Washington, DC will also explore joining this relationship as it develops.

    This project is important because it has the potential to become the glue that links together early stage, annual, summer, and joint programming for higher education leadership.  Senior executives assume new duties with different backgrounds and skill sets.  American higher education does not have a robust continuing education series comparable to those found in fields like law and medicine.

    The assumption is that the webinar format will offer specialized training across senior higher education leadership in areas of weakness, where best practices can be identified, or of general and continuing interest.  The series will be open to practitioners in higher education and offered at no cost.

  • Creating New Educational Opportunities: Cordova Hills

    Question:  Is it possible to imagine incorporating new educational opportunity within a large planned “town” community that is also linked to the projected growth of an emerging major metropolitan area?

    A successful California-based developer, Ron Alvarado, has made available 223 acres for higher education as part of a 2700-acre development of nearly 8,000 homes and businesses.  The Sacramento Board of Supervisors has approved the project at a suburban location within sight of the downtown skyline.

    Working with the retired president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of California, Dr. Jonathan Brown (Buffalo Consulting), we began by organizing a diverse study group of distinguished thinkers and practitioners to meet in Sacramento to “imagine” what might be created.  Building from their input, we then developed a white paper that placed the Cordova Hills/Sacramento development within a state and national framework and conducted a listening tour with senior national higher education leadership, the foundation community, and business leaders.

    The project is now assessing how best to build deeper relationships with the Sacramento business community and seek broader community input.  Once the pieces are assembled, we will begin discussions with interested educational providers that will be able to offer an academic program suited to the needs of the Sacramento community.

    This project is innovative because it is not narrowly an effort to sell a “product” to the Sacramento market.  Instead, the program designers ask  “Where will Sacramento be in 25 years?” and links educational need to economic development and the workforce preparation likely to be demanded by a rapidly growing metropolitan area.

    For more information, please note:

    http://www.cordovahills.com/questions-answers

  • The Battle Over Tax Exemption

    Question:  Why is a tax-exempt status key to a University’s ability to serve the public good?

    Pennsylvania maintains an overlapping hodgepodge of almost 500 political jurisdictions most of which are severely cash strapped.  As the Pennsylvania economy shifted from heavy manufacturing to the service industry, the infrastructure in place no longer supported the economic and demographics shifts, therefore, leading to an eroding tax base.

    The impact on the College would be devastating with the costs of the loss of tax exemption passed along directly to future students.  The loss would make independent colleges and universities non-competitive with their public sector peers whose institutions would enjoy both tax exemption and a direct public subsidy designed to keep tuitions lower.

    There were a number of challenges to the tax exemption of non-profits throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania.  The most serious of these – and a national bellwether case still viewed as the definitive court ruling – was the challenge by the City of Washington to the tax-exempt status of Washington & Jefferson College.

    All major national higher education associations filed amicus briefs to support the College. The independent college community looked to the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUP) to develop a comprehensive and defensible strategy.  To provide support, most independent colleges and universities in Pennsylvania paid an amount equal to one-half of their annual dues to support the legal effort.  Eventually, the case reached the Pennsylvania Supreme Court whose members decided in favor of Washington & Jefferson.

    For more information, please note:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Washington–Washington_%26_Jefferson_College_relations

  • The Nexpectation Network: Building Out The Campus Transfer Project

    How do you scale nationally a well-tested pilot that offers a practical solution on how to transfer two-year graduates seamlessly into four-year colleges and universities?

    The Campus Transfer Project, with the working title of “Nexpectation Network,” is an initiative of the Edvance Foundation, supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, numerous corporate givers including the AT & T Foundation, UPS Foundation, Pfizer Foundation, and others, and a grant from Brian Mitchell & Associates.  It builds upon a five-year pilot at Bucknell University supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided critical supplemental planning support to develop the largest research study undertaken in America of practices and protocol affecting two-year students transferring to four-year independent colleges and universities.  The study, now completed in draft stage, will be released in the next several months.

    In addition, the Gates Foundation support permitted the Edvance Foundation to undertake an 18-state listening tour and a webinar series that reached 800 higher education officials, including 400 college and university presidents to test assumptions leading to full-scale implementation.

    Pending funding, implementation will likely begin in 2015, with the opening of a “Phase One” group of regional centers across the country.

    For more information on this program, visit:
    www.edvancefoundation.org.

  • Creating Cooperative Partnerships Through Consortia

    Question:  Can American higher education develop a collective approach beyond lobbying and research to create sector-wide efficiencies and economies of scale that serve its institutions and their faculty, staff and students?

    As part of its strategic visioning, AICUP presidents opened a member services division within the Association to look for ways in which the independent colleges and universities might achieve efficiencies and create economies of scale.   The president-members were sensitive to concerns about high tuition prices and worried that outdated business models required the application of best practices to move a common agenda forward.

    Specifically AICUP sought:

    To design participatory programs of shared service delivery or group-based procurement to leverage the consumer strength of the AICUP membership, thereby reducing price for services and goods.

    To exercise market influence as an aggregation of consumers with like needs and similar circumstance in such a way as to encourage service and product suppliers to recognize the status of private higher education as a significant market worthy of preferred marketing coverage, pricing and service delivery.

    To promote programs of collaboration that, absent the Association’s coordination role, would not be developed to the necessary critical mass on a regional or state-wide level.

    To avoid duplication of efforts with our member colleges by identifying unique and strategic opportunities that are best suited for a state-level association and not otherwise performed by individual or groups of member colleges on a regular basis.

    For more information, see:

    http://www.aicup.org/MemberServices/tabid/56/Default.aspx

  • Creating Economies of Scale at the Federal Level

    Question:  Can small- and mid-sized colleges and universities compete successfully in peer-reviewed state and federal grant programs and for foundation support without incurring the prohibitive, individual cost to establish a government, corporate and foundation relations office?

    Colleges and universities find it increasingly difficult to compete for state, federal and foundation support, particularly since they cannot staff and maintain an office of the scale of large, research universities.  Yet there is a substantial amount of innovative and creative work ongoing that qualifies them for this support.

    How, then, do universities with different missions than research universities compete successfully for federal dollars, especially since the days of “pork barrel” spending have ended?

    The Washington, DC-based consulting firm, McAllister & Quinn, developed a specialized higher education practice within its practice areas to address this problem.  Specifically, McAllister & Quinn built a sophisticated network of specialists in federal and corporate relations putting together a team that is comparable to that found at major research universities.

    For a fraction of the cost, the McAlister & Quinn team will work with faculty and staff at the participating colleges to identify major projects that advance faculty, staff and student knowledge and typically meet institutional strategic goals.  They employ 140 grant writers in specialized fields – including former program officers at federal agencies and foundations – to assist the college community in developing grants, although the faculty and staff at the participating institution must conceptualize and write the grants.  The McAlister & Quinn team is especially adept at completing budgeting and developing assessment protocols.

    The success rate –usually 1 for 9 for large federal grants – now approaches 1 for 3 for grants submitted under their tutelage.

    Brian Mitchell & Associates works collaboratively with McAllister & Quinn to identify potential clients, work with them on specific grants, and assist in areas of specialized expertise, including grants to the foundation community.

    For more information, please go to the link:

    http://jm-aq.com

    NOTE:  This is the first “sponsored” arrangement with another group identified as a best practice provider and serves as a prototype for future cooperative partnerships.

  • Creating a Political, Cultural, and Structural Identity for Independent Higher Education In Pennsylvania

    Question:  How do you create a unified, dynamic independent higher education community with a strong sense of self that operates as a sector but displays some of the best characteristics of a public system of higher education?

    Brian Mitchell led the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (1991-1998). When he took the job, the independent college community operated under the umbrella of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) and had no separate cultural, political, or legal identity.  Working with an exceptional group of leaders serving then as presidents, we created a vision for independent higher education, acquired and redeployed the tools necessary to support it, and collaboratively developed a statewide consensus to establish priorities designed to promote the interests of independent higher education.

    To do so, we worked with the member presidents to merge three predecessor organizations: the Council of Independent Colleges, the Pennsylvania Independent College and University Research Center, and the Foundation for Independent Colleges into AICUP.  In this capacity, Dr. Mitchell served as the chief spokesperson for the 88 independent colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.  More important, we championed the cause of independent higher education in Harrisburg and Washington.  During these years the PHEAA student grant program – the second largest state student aid program in America – received healthy increases.  Working collaboratively as presidents, we also spearheaded the successful drive to protect the tax -exempt status of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities when the City of Washington challenged Washington & Jefferson College Washington & Jefferson College in a bellwether battle that reached the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

    Working with the Pennsylvania foundation community who funded much of the programming for this initiative, we created a major research center whose annual studies form the basis for much of the comparative strategic planning occurring on Pennsylvania’s independent college and university campuses today.  We also organized a major member service program initiative, with more than two dozen programs today that have created efficiencies and economies of scale for the sector, saving millions of dollars in costs otherwise incurred by them.

Thought Leadership

  • July 19, 2012

    The Need to Lead

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    July 31, 2012

    Colleges as Good Neighbors: Why Towns Matter

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    August 03, 2012

    What Our Master Planning Says About Us

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    August 08, 2012

    Intentional Enrollment

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  • August 15, 2012

    Building a Senior Staff: The Burden of Support

    Originally Posted on Huffington Post As I prepared to take over my duties as president, I sought the advice of a distinguished senior colleague who had experience outside academia and who was used to managing staff as a successful sitting president. I inquired about how best to proceed as I prepared to assume the leadership Continue Reading ▶
    August 21, 2012

    Time to Step Back: The Future of Penn State

    Originally Posted on Huffington Post Much has been written lately about Penn State. The crimes committed are horrific and egregious, the administration was arrogant, insular and imperial, and some of the alumni are apologists. A beloved university that defines who they are and what they have become in life has humiliated others. There is no Continue Reading ▶
    August 28, 2012

    The Transfer Student: The New Hot Commodity

    Originally Posted on Huffington Post There is much to be said for the decentralized system of higher education in America. Unlike state-run systems outside the United States, decentralization supports choice and a range of options, including within public higher education. The historic and complex mix of two-year, four-year, public, private, non-profit, for profit, teaching and Continue Reading ▶
    September 05, 2012

    Choosing the Battleground for the Liberal Arts

    Originally Posted on Huffington Post Like most people trained my way, I believe passionately in the value of a liberal arts education. Given whatever talent exists within me, a liberal arts education focused my mind by encouraging me to reflect, synthesize, interpret and assess. I learned how to write, communicate, apply quantitative methods, and at Continue Reading ▶
  • September 11, 2012

    Finding (and Keeping) the Right College President

    Originally Posted on Huffington Post In a The Huffington Post blog in July, we looked at the reasons behind the need for college and university presidents to lead in higher … Continue Reading ▶
    September 17, 2012

    Growing a College: Why Parents Matter

    Originally Posted on Huffington Post In conversations with one another, college and university presidents often share “parent” stories. They are usually tales about the demands placed upon the institution by … Continue Reading ▶
    September 25, 2012

    The Other Side to Technology in Higher Education

    Originally Posted on Huffington Post There has been substantial discussion in the past few years about how technology is beginning to move beyond older concepts of distance learning and technology-assisted … Continue Reading ▶
    October 01, 2012

    The Political Case for Strong Career Centers

    Originally Posted on Huffington Post Colleges and universities have established career counseling centers to work with soon-to-be graduates as they prepare for their first post-graduate employment. Over the past decade, … Continue Reading ▶

In The News

  • News & Events

    • August 2014

      WHAT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT . . .

      1) Creating a campus fund to monetize college and university real estate for campus edge, new residential and commercial construction, and the repurposing of existing facilities.  A study group has been formed to determine its feasibility.

      2) Building upon social and print media work already underway, establishing a new venue through which higher education leadership could provide informed commentary that would be made available to on line, print, streamed and cable/network media

      3) Developing a deep pool of consultants and institutional partners to expand the reach of the firm nationally and provide a kind of interwoven bench strength that would enhance institutional and consortial planning and strategy.

    • August 2014

      Announcing the Higher Education Executive Continuing Education Series

      The mission of this continuing education series is to provide ongoing, continuous, “life long” training for college administrators, faculty, staff and trustees to improve their understanding of and contributions to the higher education community.

      To do so, the Edvance Foundation, the principal sponsored philanthropy of Brian Mitchell & Associates, will collaborate with the higher education magazine, Today’s Campus, to offer one-hour webinars on a multiple topics of interest, both technical and policy-based, to higher education leaders.

      There are no widely-embraced efforts to offer a webinar-based continuing education series that builds upon these site-specific meetings, targeting participants by function and type of job, and that are held on site in the workplace and connect the work already being done by identifying cost efficient, webinar-based strategies to strengthen higher education management.

      The program will be co-managed by Today’s Campus and the Edvance Foundation.  The American Academic Leadership Institute of Washington, DC will also explore joining this relationship as it develops.

      The co-organizers will create an advisory board to oversee and evaluate the program.

      Today’s Campus will oversee production, marketing, communication and the underwriting of the webinar series.

      Planning will continue through the second fiscal quarter of 2014.  In the last two fiscal quarters, the co-organizers will “ramp up” the webinar offerings, with anticipation that the program will become fully operational by the end of 2015.
      The webinars will be offered free to participants.

      Major funding will come from corporate partners who have an interest in and a history of support for higher education.

      The Edvance Foundation will provide further information as the webinar series kick off dates and program format take shape.

    • August 2014

      Conference on “The Irish in Massachusetts: Historical Significance, Lasting Legacy,” September 24-26, 2014

      Working with Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, BM & A is serving as a conference organizer on the topic of the historic role and impact of the Irish in Massachusetts.

      The two institutions maintain close ties.  Queen’s University has sponsored an archeological excavation at the site of St. Patrick’s in the Acre section of Lowell, Massachusetts over the past several years.  The Acre is the historic home to the first Irish who first settled in the rapidly developing planned industrial city.

      The conference will bring Irish and American scholars together over three days, with noted speakers to discuss the role that the Irish played.  It is likely that the conference proceedings will be published.  The public will be invited to attend the conference sessions and panels.

    • May 2014

      Brian C. Mitchell Summary of Activities

      On January 5, 2014, Dr. Mitchell participated at the CIC President’s Institute on a panel about college access on Marco Island, Florida.

      On February 6, 2014, Dr. Mitchell spoke to the senior staff of the Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group in Pittsburgh on the key higher education indicators affecting the food service industry. On February 23, 2014, he addressed the annual national “Ten States” meeting hosted by the Pennsylvania Academy of Physicians on parallels between higher education and the health care industry at The Hershey Hotel in Hershey, PA.

      In addition, Dr. Mitchell participated in the opening panel of the Council of Independent College’s Community College Transfer Project Planning meeting on March 21-22, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia.

      Joining him on the panel were: Barbara Hetrick (moderator), senior vice president, Council of Independent Colleges; Emily Froimson, vice president for programs, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation; Stan Jones, president, Complete College America; and Robert G. Templin, Jr., president, Northern Virginia Community College.  The Kresge Foundation provided support for the two-day meeting.

      For media commentary on the CIC planning session, please note:

    • June 2012

      Mitchell delivers concluding remarks at the Washington Media Scholars Program

      Brian Mitchell delivered concluding remarks to more than 400 students, panelists, and guests at Media Scholars Week at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. He spoke to the importance of providing scholarship support to students aspiring to jobs in the media and why the media and other major industry groups should see such support as an investment in their own future.

    • June 2012

      Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 4th Annual Convener’s Conference

      In his capacity as CEO and director of the Edvance Foundation, Brian Mitchell attended the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Grantee Forum, an annual gathering of postsecondary success program grant recipients. During the three-day conference, Mitchell met with senior Gates Foundation officials and prospective partners about their potential involvement with the Edvance Foundation’s Nexpectation Network, a program that facilitates and supports the enrollment of students from community colleges and other two-year institutions at private colleges and universities nationwide.

    • May 2012

      Mitchell to receive honorary doctorate from Merrimack College

      Merrimack College bestowed alumnus Brian Mitchell with an honorary doctorate of public service at the college’s 62nd commencement ceremony on May 20. During the ceremony, Merrimack President Christopher Hopey recognized Mitchell for his work in higher education at the institutional, regional, state, and federal levels; his ability to make clear and tough decisions that strengthened the institutions he represented; and his ongoing dedication to Merrimack. Mitchell is a member and the immediate past chair of Merrimack College’s board of trustees.