About Michael G. Dolence & Associates
Michael G. Dolence and Associates is a consulting firm specializing in innovation in education and academic management. Our areas of expertise are both broad and deep. All of our Associates are seasoned professionals with five or more year’s experience. Our clients include countries from around the world, states and vendors from around the nation, as-well-as systems, institutions, and associations from all sectors.
Michael has served as Strategic Planning Administrator for the California State University, Los Angeles; Director of Research, Planning and Policy Analysis for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He has taught Human Anatomy and Physiology, Strategic Planning Methods, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Organizational Transformation in Higher Education.
In addition, Michael has served as seminar faculty for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Public Telecommunications Financial Managers Association, National Public Radio, the Society for College and University Planning, CAUSE, and EDUCOM.
Michael is a member of Who's Who Worldwide, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in American Education, and is one of only a handful from education listed in the Who’s Who Registry of Global Business Leaders.
Michael G. Dolence is President of Michael G. Dolence and Associates. He and his associates consult with clients in the field of higher education. Clients include countries from around the world, states and vendors from around the nation, as-well-as systems, institutions, and associations from all sectors. He is a specialist in organizational transformation, strategic planning, processes reengineering, strategic enrollment management, information technology, linking planning and budgeting, public advocacy and public relations. Books he has authored or co-authored include:
- Strategic Choices for the Academy: How Demand for Lifelong Learning Will Re-create Higher Education
- Strategic Change in Colleges and Universities
- Working Toward Strategic Change: A Step-by-step Guide to the Planning Process
- Strategic Enrollment Management: A Primer for Campus Administrators
- Strategic Enrollment Management Cases from the Field
- Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century
- Reengineering Higher Education
- The Chief Information Officer in Higher Education
Strategic Planning is a core competency. Not only have we written books and numerous articles on the subject but clients tell us our new Curriculum-Centered Model is the most exciting, innovative, and effective initiative ever. Our new online strategic planning system ePlanedu is destined to become the standard across higher education.
Strategic Enrollment Management represents another core competency. Again, we have authored books and numerous articles on the subject. Our engagements involve us in the entire spectrum of enrollment management activities including recruitment, retention, operational analysis and analytical studies.
Academic Planning forms our third core competency and has evolved around the development of our learner-centered framework. Our engagements involve developing curriculum design development and deployment; developing or enhancing an academic master plan; integrating accreditation self-study with strategic planning and academic administration; and academic strategies including vertical and horizontal markets, to name a few.
Strategic Management is our fourth core competency revolving around the concept of best practices and strategic alignment between entities. Our newest research and publishing project is being sponsored by the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) and involves the identification and development of strategic information required by boards and senior administrators. Engagements also include Board of Trustee self-assessment, identification and implementation of best practices, the assessment and alignment of institutional policies, processes and procedures.
Human Resources Development is an applied competency supported by our core competencies. Engagements both include and go significantly beyond training. In addition to designing, developing and deploying learning initiatives for institutional HRD programs, MGDA assists in job description development; program reviews, audits, and assessments; governance, entity, and organizational architectures; and organizational culture revitalization.
Optimizing Systems and Technologies is another applied competency supported by our core competencies. We offer services in managing enterprise information system selection processes; serve as advisors on implementation of enterprise software platforms; and assist in the development of information technology plans. We also conduct audits and surveys for systems and entity evaluations.
Innovative Strategies is perhaps our most unique applied competency. It is built upon a history of engagements that include vertical and horizontal market development, strategic alliances and partnerships, and the development of new programs and strategic organizational architectures. One vertical market brought 250,000 learners annually through the institution’s online learning portal. Another reconfigured a multi-campus district around schools that integrated credit, non-credit and contract learning. We have assisted in the design, development and deployment of numerous new programs and curricula including such engagements as the comprehensive redesign of: core curricula; schools of education; first-year assessment based curricula; and online programs, to name a few.