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Strategic Advancement & Performance Improvement

Higher education is in trouble.


Tuition hikes, deep tuition discounts, declining enrollment, retention challenges, and entrenched bureaucracy can put your college’s mission at risk.  The Forbes annual review of 900 private colleges yielded startling results:

  • C or lower

  • A

43% (390 colleges) received a financial grade of C or lower
A or A-0%
B+ to C+0%
C or lower0%

The US Department of Education rates non-profit and proprietary colleges annually on financial responsibility.  In the most recent review (2014/2015 data) of 3,377 colleges:

Scores less than 1.5, but greater than 1.0 require additional oversight, such as cash monitoring.


colleges rated with a composite score less than 1.5


colleges rated with a composite score less than 1.0

When college leaders need outside eyes and expertise, Roth Learning’s team of seasoned academic entrepreneurs can bring their deep higher education experience to bear.  As academic, operations, and finance leaders in both non-profit and for-profit institutions, the Roth Learning team has delivered enrollment growth strategies, academic restructuring with improved performance and lower costs, faculty/academic advisor collaboration models, performance dashboards for program and faculty evaluation, all with a foundation of accountability.

Step One:

Imperatives for Change

Imperatives for Change, including the strategic plan, barriers to success, institutional readiness for change, and cultural implications. The first step is foundational to all other Strategic Advancement & Performance Improvement components.

Step Two:

Evaluation and Discovery

Evaluation & Discovery, focusing upon the college’s most significant challenges and barriers to success:

    • Financial Analysis
    • Structural Assessment, including span of control and hierarchy, academic infrastructure, and operations infrastructure
    • Program Evaluation, including enrollment, program metrics, market demand, new program planned
    • Faculty Analysis, including the full-time/adjunct model, faculty-to-student ratios, governance, and performance evaluation
    • Student Support Analysis, including support model, advisor-to-student ratios, retention metrics, and support systems

Step Three:

Tactics, Timeline, and Accountability

Tactics, Timeline, and Accountability, with a defined pathway to performance improvement and change leadership strategies to pave the way.


Services are structured with Step One as foundational. Pricing for the full package or individual components is available. All steps include both on-site and remote work by the Roth Learning team.