Higher Ed 2020 The Year of Solutions

Dean Head and Shoulder for webBy Dean Hoke January 13, 2020 – Since Edu Alliance was founded in 2014, we have published a bi-weekly newsletter and the Edu Alliance Journal, a blog that included original articles related to higher education.  In 2018 -19  we produced a series titled “Things that Keep Higher Education Leaders Awake at Night.” We published over 20 articles on a variety of issues that pointed out higher education challenges concerning economics, international recruitment, and declining public perception of the value of education.

We concluded the series in the summer of 2019 when we presented the results of a survey on the topic with responses from 50 senior administrators across the country to the American Association of University Administrators. To read the results, see the July 16th article titled College Administrators Answer: “What Keeps You Awake at Night?

Beginning the week of January 27th, the Journal will take a new direction and begin a new series of bi-weekly articles that will focus on best practices and solutions for the challenges our writers have experienced working in higher education.

We will address a variety of subjects, including:

  • Growing a President – the path less traveled
  • How our university uses Artificial Intelligence and Smart Spaces
  • Educational technology in the classroom
  • Small town and long gown: Enhancing small town and small college partnerships
  • Building faculty for the future
  • Recruiting and retaining adult students
  • Lessons learned while serving as a university administrator overseas
  • Successful international partnerships
  • Workforce partnerships with industry
  • The changing world of accreditation
  • Recruitment of key faculty and administrators outside the US
  • How coaching can help in being an effective higher education leader
  • Small college fundraising is alive and well

Based on our experience working in many countries, we understand that best practices and solutions in education can come from any university in the world. The series is written by members and advisors of our team as well as higher education professionals worldwide who have found solutions and  developed best practices for their institution.  The articles will be included in our Blog and our newsletters, the Edu Alliance Journal – US and International Editions. They will be published bi-weekly and are offered at no cost to the subscriber.

If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter and The Journal, please feel free to contact me (Dean Hoke). Also, we are always looking for new solutions that can help our worldwide higher education colleagues and their institutions. If you are interested in submitting an article, please contact me with your story proposal.



Edu Alliance Group, Inc. (EAG) is an education consulting firm located in Bloomington, Indiana USA and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 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 a wide range of consulting services including:

International Strategic Planning – Strategies ranging from campus and feasibility studies, branch campuses, student recruitment, academic partnership and student exchanges.

Executive Coaching for higher education leaders.

Small College advisory support.

Accreditation – Helping prepare documentation, data and evidences to meet the requirements of accrediting agencies and state licensing.

Business intelligence / Institutional research(student demographics and market potential, competition analysis, due diligence on business regulations and agency controls) for schools, colleges, universities and vocational institutes.

Executive Search – Quality educational leaders are never easy to identify for an long term appointment. EAG has a unique niche assisting a colleges and universities in such executive searches. We have assisted institutions throughout the world in identifying and recruiting C-Level Executives and Deans.

If you are an organization that wants to know more how Edu-Alliance can best serve you, please contact me at info@edualliancegroup.com.

Edu Alliance Group Announces a Coaching Program Dedicated to Higher Education Leaders

By Dean Hoke, December 2, 2019Edu Alliance announces a new coaching program service dedicated to Higher Education Leaders. Your personal and confidential coach will be selected from a team of highly experienced higher education professional coaches who will work closely with you to bring about the outcomes you have identified.

Why Does a Person Engage an Executive Coach?

older female executive shutterstock 2mbTo engage a coach is a highly personal decision. It is a one-to-one experience that is built on trust and honest communication. To commit to a safe working relationship with a coach is a bit like committing to going to the gym every day – starting to eat a healthy diet – and bringing your life into focus relatively free of stress.

The first step is to recognize that your current professional situation is not working for you and your staff.  Some people immediately consider hiring a big-four consulting firm. However, they are very expensive, and the person assigned is usually a bright, fresh-faced graduate who has little or no practical experience in higher education administration. When you feel you need a coach, you should have a person who has gone through similar experiences.

Finding a coach is very personal. It needs to be carefully and fully researched. You will share, in complete confidence, with your coach, your successes, and your failures. Your coach will know your professional personality and your working skills. Your coach needs to have extensive experience in the area of higher education administration and have their own set of successful experiences as well as failures. The coach brings to your situation a view that allows them to see your work from a new perspective and provide guidance and suggestions that will lead to building confidence and success all in total confidentiality.

Coaching has numerous meanings for people. Edu Alliance coaches will create a series of outcomes designed around your specific situation and needs.

Outcomes may include:

  • Defining your personal leadership qualities
  • Improving communications
  • Building confidence in yourself and reducing stress
  • Building skills to recognize you and your staff’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Improving time management and the ability to delegate
  • Learning to recognize what upsets you and how to control it

Where to Begin?

After contacting Edu Alliance, we will arrange an initial confidential session at no charge with a coach to discuss why you contacted us and your objective. We will then outline a program and strategy that best fits your needs.

Programs and Rates

Personal Coaching – Our coaching program will depend on the nature of your goals, how many goals you have, your availability, and your level of commitment. Edu Alliance is project-driven and, therefore, will offer a solution with a fixed number of sessions over a defined period of time in the range of 3 -12 months.  For a person who has a time-sensitive issue that needs resolution, it may be 12 sessions over a two or three month period.  If you are looking for a year-long program that focuses on improving and enhancing your skills and leadership it may be 24-30 sessions.

Training Events – Edu Alliance has a wide array of experienced senior university advisors and coaches who will come to your campus to conduct a one to three-day specialized training session. Examples are:

  • Fundamentals of leadership in higher education
  • Team Building
  • Strategies for developing New Academic programs
  • Managing Difficult Faculty
  • Alumni Cultivation
  • Branding and Reputation
  • Strategies to Improve Your Rankings
  • Strategies for Developing and Implementing a Diversity Plan
  • Crisis Management Preparation
  • Retention Strategies

Knowledgeable and Experienced Consultants

We have assembled a team of highly experienced higher education leaders to serve as coaches.

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Tom Davisson, Partner Edu Alliance Group. Tom has worked in higher education for 45 years before recently retiring after 20 years from The Sullivan University System, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has coached and developed training for young university executives as well as establishing college programs for Conflict Management and Dale Carnegie Leadership Training.

candace goodwin-oct.-2018v2Dr. Candace Goodwin, Edu Alliance Group Advisory Council Member. Candace is an Executive Coach and consultant with over 30 years of higher education executive leadership experience. She has designed and delivered workshops in areas such as: Coaching Skills for Leaders, Growth Mindset,  Powerful Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Strategic Planning and Goal Setting, and Employee Engagement.

Steven JonesDr. Steve Jones, Edu Alliance Group Advisory Council Member. Steve has served in a variety of positions in higher education, starting as an instructor to President of four universities. He has coached and mentored many educators during his 35-year career in higher education. He has recently conducted a Leadership workshop at KIMEP University in Almaty Kazakhstan.


161_Dan_King__1-1-12_Dr. Dan King, Edu Alliance Group Advisory Council Member. Dan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Administrators, a non-profit professional organization for higher education leaders and administrative personnel. He has been a faculty member, dean, provost/academic vice president throughout his 40-year career.  He has a private consultant, served on several coaching assignments and led numerous training program for academic department chairs

How do I find out more?

For additional information, call 502-257-1063 or email either Tom Davisson or Dean Hoke. After our initial conversation a proposal will be submitted to you, which will detail Edu Alliance’s plan of action, including timeline, expectations, outcomes, and a proposed price.