ERIC Number: ED246825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Effective Use of Management Consultants in Higher Education. An NCHEMS Executive Overview.
Matthews, Jana B.
Information about consulting projects and consultants is provided to help college administrators. It is noted that colleges are increasingly asking consultants for help with such diverse projects as database design, collection of new information, or the development of evaluative procedures. The stages of a successful consulting project and the roles a consultant should assume within these phases are discussed. The first stage is exploring the issues for which outside help is sought; the second stage begins when the consultant and the administrator formally define their working relationship by means of a proposal, a work plan, and a contract. The formal work starts at the third stage: mapping the problem, gathering information and data, analyzing the information, problem solving, and making recommendations. The final stage is completion, including writing the final report and achieving certain outcomes. Attention is also directed to: how to find the right consultant, costing out the consultant's services and the consulting project; the type of contract that should be written and necessary contract clauses; mutual responsibilities of clients and consultants; the political realities of a consulting project; and the evaluation of the consulting process. (SW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Consultants, Consultation Programs, Contracts, Higher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Professional Services, Staff Role, Technical Assistance
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, P.O. Drawer P, Boulder, CO 80302 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.