Consultation & Interim Work

A few of the consultancies we have performed:

  • Can _____ University more strategically and largely delve into the online learning world (programs, classes, ID work, etc) without hiring an OPM?

  • Can IICE facilitate our Strategic Planning for the year?

  • What should 2019 teaching and learning “look like” at ______ University in order to be effective for students and scalable for professors?

  • How can _____ College create a long-term, faculty development program that helps us move the needle in terms of student learning?

  • What data should _____ College Consortium use for the optimal learning analytics specific to retention and satisfaction?

  • Can IICE provide an interim-VPAA during our search process?

  • ______ University wants to better connect students beyond academic community. How can we do that most effectively?


It can be hard to find an unbiased, strategic partner with both proven experience AND a communication style that works within your budget.  The IICE Institute works with Faculty and Fellows who have just that – practical, applicable experience. (Read a blog detailing consultations.)

In other words, we’ve been in your shoes! We’ve received 7-10 product conversation requests each day, while the whirlwind of daily activity regarding politics, process, projects, and initiative management make it almost impossible to really strategize meaningfully about the future.

We’ve acquired technology, implemented department and institutional projects, and we’ve felt the pressure of a President or Board who demand new enrollments for programs they are tentative to fund. Overcoming interdepartmental deficiencies, communication gaps, or misaligned targets and goals are a very real part of higher education.  We can help you overcome those challenges in a sustainable, scalable way.

Leveraging tools, techniques, and talking points, we will perform short but thorough discovery, followed by strategic ideation, recommendation, and facilitation of solutions by your people within your cultural context.

This may include KWYK (Know What You Know) questionnaires and interviews to create a 360 degree view of the communication and process issues at hand, academic quality rubrics dealing with all aspects of teaching and learning, personality based inventories to match strengths and mitigate weakness, or technological maturation indexes to identify pain points and opportunities alike.  

And because we work efficiently and across experts through point-in-time reference, we are typically about half the cost of other consulting firms.


Interim Positions

IICE faculty and fellows are also potentially available to fill interim positions for your institution, as you perform your search. Many colleges and universities have made the mistake of asking a current employee to “fill in” during the transition, which will only ever see business-as-usual occur. But the stronger organizations realize that an interim VPAA, Provost, President, or CIO needs to setup the incoming person for as much success as possible. This may mean ripping a few band-aids off before they arrive, which can be anything from moving people to changing organizational structure to starting initiatives that will require heavy lifting and change management.

Our seasoned experts, if available, may be able to do exactly this kind of work, ensuring that your transition is not a stagnant period of waiting, but a tilling of the soil prior to bringing on your next great leader.

Examples of consultations performed by faculty / fellows of the Institute for Inter-Connected Education:  

  • Tier-1, Research institution: How can we translate the best teaching and learning practices to our online population?

  • Private “teaching” University: What are the most effective strategies for instructing generation Y and/or Z students?

  • Mid sized Bible College: How can our faculty and administrators work together instead of infighting?

  • Large, state University: How do we create a culture of innovation?

  • Community College District: How do we build an online consortium sharing classes, instructors, and students?


  • Choosing education technology tools to get the most bang for your buck

  • Active learning – What is it really and how does it work?

  • Communication across silos

  • Strategic Re-Organization

  • Inter-departmental partnerships – from strategy to communication to bridge building

  • Connected education – from gamification to social learning to authentic collaboration (at scale)

  • Connection mapping – Whether academic, administrative, or technological, see how connection maps visualize holes in your strategy as well as create anchor points to connect culture to

  • Generating innovation within the academy

  • And more…

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