Shelton Bridges Jr. named to Edu Alliance Group Advisory Council

Bloomington, Indiana November 29, 2021 – Ed Alliance Group Managing Partner Dean Hoke announced today Shelton Bridges Jr. has been named to the Advisory Council.

Shelton Bridges Jr. is a highly experienced university administrator who for 26 years was a senior executive for the Sullivan University Systems, Inc., located in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as Vice President for Finance and the system Chief Financial Officer. Shelton was responsible for all of the institution’s financial functions for the multi campus system and an expert in strategic planning and staff development.  He served on the Reaffirmation Review Committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Shelton Bridges Jr.

Prior to joining Sullivan University, Shelton worked in the corporate community serving as a Controller for the Printing House, Inc, and a member of the management team of Nationwide Health Spas, Inc. He also worked as an independent CPA, where he worked with businesses and individuals preparing audits, financial reviews, and business analytics.

He is a member of the Kentucky Society of CPAs, a Lifetime Member of the Florida Institute of CPAs, and a former member of the CFO Roundtable.  Shelton has his Bachelors’s in Accounting from Florida State University.

His areas of expertise include:

  • University Finance
  • Career Education
  • Accreditation
  • Executive Education

Mr. Hoke stated, “Mr. Bridges is a highly experienced senior university executive and finance and career education leader. He brings financial expertise in higher education multi-campus systems and is an expert in strategic planning and staff development. He is an outstanding addition to our Advisory Council, who help and support Edu Alliance Group and our clients worldwide.”


Edu Alliance Group, Inc. (EAG) is an education consulting firm located in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and Bloomington, Indiana, USA. We assist higher education institutions worldwide on a variety of mission-critical projects. Our consultants are accomplished university/college leaders who share the benefit of their experience to diagnose and solve challenges.

EAG has provided consulting and successful solutions for higher education institutions in Australia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda,  United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

Edu Alliance offers higher education institutions consulting services worldwide. Our US office specializes in assisting universities on international projects and partnerships. If you like to know more how Edu Alliance can best serve you, please contact Dean Hoke at dean.hoke@edualliancegroup.com 

US higher education enrollment is in free fall

October 27, 2021, by Dean Hoke The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC), reports a decline of 3.2% in undergraduate enrollment this fall follows a similar drop of 3.4% the previous year, the first fall of the pandemic. National Public Radio quotes Doug Shapiro, who runs the nonprofit research center “It’s very frightening, Far from filling the hole of last year’s enrollment declines, we are still digging it deeper.” Shapiro says the last two years of undergrad decline, totaling more than 6%, would be the largest two-year decrease in at least half a century.

The drop in enrollment is much more than just a decline in international students or a reduction of first-time, full-time students; it is occurring in nearly all sectors.

My colleagues and I believe public, private, and for-profit higher education institutions need to conduct independent market enrollment evaluations and determine what’s working and what’s not. Too many institutions tend to cut expenses to balance the budget but don’t look at why enrollment is down now, will it continue, and what a higher learning organization can do to turn it around. You can’t add or eliminate programs or adjust other expenses without the facts. It is clear that while COVID added to the decline, it isn’t the only problem.

I am including a link from NSCRD so you can see what they directly reported. https://nscresearchcenter.org/stay-informed/

Edu Alliance Group, Inc. (EAG) is an higher education consulting firm founded by Dr. Senthil Nathan and Dean Hoke. It is located in Bloomington, Indiana, and Abu Dhabi. We assist higher education institutions worldwide on a variety of mission-critical projects. Our consultants are accomplished university/college leaders who share the benefit of their experience to diagnose and solve challenges. We conduct market analysis such as enrollment.   and university feasibility studies to assess program demand, student interest, employer interest, occupational projections, competitive landscape of other program providers.

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