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Deans Advisory Services

Expert support and research to help academic leaders drive change and achieve outsized results.

Deep, Collective Education Expertise


higher education partners globally


peer-tested best practices in our research library


expert consultations and executive conversations with higher ed leaders every year
Expert Advice

Trusted Advice for Your Greatest Challenges and Opportunities

Deans Advisory Services puts a team of subject matter experts, researchers, data analysts, and implementation resources at your disposal to help you through the most critical issues your team is facing. With 16+ years focused on education, 2,100+ higher education partners, and over 8,000+ research-backed best practices in our library, we help you stay ahead of the curve and confront your greatest challenges with confidence.

Research, Insights, and Analytics

Unparalleled Breadth and Depth of Expertise

Our campus-wide research and advisory support helps you accelerate long-term initiatives while staying responsive to rapid landscape shifts. Work with us to drive impact across:

  • Strategy and Differentiation
  • Program Innovation
  • Administrative Effectiveness
  • Financial Performance
  • Departmental Effectiveness
  • Student Experience
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Fundraising and Stewardship
  • Research Administration
  • IT and Digital Transformation
Implementation Support

Your Partner in Driving Results

From retreats to on-campus briefings to working groups with deans and senior college leaders, we provide holistic support for every major group across campus. Save your team’s valuable time and expand their capacity with:

  • Peer-to-Peer Roundtables
  • Research and Best Practices
  • Implementation Collaboratives and Toolkits
  • On-Demand Expert Consultation
  • Benchmarking, Audits, and Diagnostics
Networking, Professional Development, and Events

National Network of Deans

Exclusive partner-only events bring together the experience, knowledge, and perspective of higher ed experts, administrators, and practitioners, as well as out-of-industry leaders from across the globe to deliver you the best ideas to take back to your institution.

  • Executive Intensive for New Deans
  • Department Chair Development Series
  • National Deans Council
Dedicated Strategic Leader

Each of our partners works with a dedicated Strategic Leader. This is your EAB liaison to help you maximize the value of the partnership. They become an extension of your leadership team, learning your organization and culture to steer your team to the right answers and resources.

Talk to an Expert
Megan Adams

Managing Director, Research

Specialties College and University Strategy, Emerging Student Populations, Growth Strategy, Emerging Fields and New Skills, Alternative Credentials, Future Market Trends, Employer Partnerships
Khadish O. Franklin

Managing Director

Specialties Academic Program Innovation, Student Success, Community Colleges, Student Retention and Success, Curriculum and Academics, Faculty Engagement, Equity

If EAB wants to help us drive real change, we need you in schools and colleges. Institutional success requires the buy-in, hard work, and willingness of departments and faculty to change.


Dean, College of Letters and Sciences

Public Research University

What Makes This Different from Association and Consulting Offerings?

  • Convening a cross-disciplinary council of peers
  • Deep understanding of how to support institutional and cross-campus change efforts
  • Facilitated dialogue and shared learning among deans that transcends discipline
  • Informed by rigorous, innovative research and analysis on proven practices and future trends
  • Bridges faculty and departmental efforts with institutional priorities
  • Research topics and implementation resources evolve with your priorities and needs

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Drive Change and Achieve Outsized Results

To learn more about Deans Advisory Services or to speak with an expert, please fill out the form or contact us at (202) 747-1005.

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