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 Welcomes Three New Members to Advisory Council

Bloomington, Indiana October 28, 2019 – Edu Alliance Group Managing Partner of North America Dean Hoke announced today that Thomas Delaney, Dr. Candace Goodwin, and Dr. Cheryl King are named to the North America Advisory Council.

Tom.Delaney.headshot.2013.v2-2Mr. Delaney is an independent technology expert who has recently consulted on a variety of organizations in the education, smart city, corporate risk, and logistics markets.  He was Vice President of Global Technology and Chief Global Technology Officer at New York University and a member of the University Leadership Team that orchestrated the design and development of campuses throughout the world. Mr. Delaney was personally responsible for global technology strategy across NYU’s functional areas and coordinated the university’s IT operations throughout its 16 sites across the world, including New York City, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi.

candace goodwin-oct.-2018v2Dr. Goodwin is an Executive Coach and consultant with over 30 years of executive leadership experience, directing innovation and change, leading teams, and providing organizational & leadership development. Candace 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.  She has worked in higher education for most of her 30-year career for a variety of institutions and served as a Vice President, Senior Vice President of Enrollment, and President.

Cheryl King headshotDr. King, an expert in the field of workforce development, has dedicated her career focusing on adult and postsecondary education at the state and national levels. Recently she has worked with the Lumina Foundation Strategy Labs program as a State Advisor to help states achieve the Foundation’s goal of 60% of U.S. adults with college degrees, certificates, or quality credentials by 2025. She has served as President of Kentucky Wesleyan College and a number of state government posts and task forces including the commission that led to the development and ultimate passage of Kentucky Adult Education Act in 2000, and as Senior Policy Advisor for Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to develop competency-based education options to help adults to be successful and complete a credential or degree.

“Edu Alliance is honored to welcome Tom, Candace, and Cheryl to the Advisory Council,” said Managing Partner Dean Hoke. “Their expertise in higher education and government in the fields of educational technology, coaching, and workforce development adds a new level of expertise and depth to our small college and university and international higher education clientele. They are tremendous additions to our Edu Alliance Advisory Council, who help and support our clients.”

Current North America Advisory Council Members of the Edu Alliance Group are:

Dr. Roger Brown, retired Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; Dr. Denise Gifford, Associate Provost American University Ras al Khaimah; Dr. Stephen Jones, former Chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Dr. Daniel King, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Administrators; Dr. Allen Meadors, former President of St. John International University in Torino Italy; Jay Noren M.D., former President of Wayne State University; Marci Powell, CEO of Marci Powell and Associates; and Ken Salomon, Chair Thompson Coburn Lobbying and Policy Group.


cropped-edu-alliance-logo-square1.jpgEdu Alliance Group, Inc. is a unique boutique management consulting company founded in 2014 with offices in Bloomington, Indiana, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The company focuses on the education sector providing support to small colleges and universities in the United States and higher education institutions outside the US.  The firm and its partners are experienced practitioners who take a pragmatic evidence-based approach rather than an abstract theoretical perspective.

Edu Alliance provides a diverse group of distinguished higher education professionals to research, plan, and execute programs. The partners and advisory members are available for consulting projects worldwide. Consultancy work includes:

  • Small College and University advisory services: feasibility studies, due diligence review, business plans,partnership agreements, mergers, and accreditation
  • Market Research, communications, enrollment evaluation planning, marketing research, and branding
  • International Strategic Planning and Partnerships
  • Executive and Key Faculty Search for International Universities
  • Educational Technology strategies and implementation


Dean Head and Shoulder for webManaging Partner North America

Dean E. Hoke




Senthil 2 copyManaging Partner Middle East

Dr. Senthil Nathan




Chet(1)Partner North America

Dr. Chet Haskell




davisson tom-1Partner North America

Tom Davisson




Email: Info@Edu-Alliance.net

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Website: www.edualliancegroup.com


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