Michael G. Dolence and Associates consists of more than 80 Associates who have served as consultants to more than 800 clients worldwide since 1994.


Our philosophy begins with deep concern for the learner. The learner’s experience and success are at the center of all of our methods, tools, processes and engagements. Working with our clients, we strive to develop solutions to complex problems facing higher education. We seek solutions that elevate and respect the dignity of the learner and the learner’s quest to optimize his/her own learning performance.


Our focus is on the future of higher education and efforts to construct the education ecosystems that will advance learning in this millennium. We are guided by concepts of sustainability, effectiveness, efficiency, and value.


Our scope of practice is global, informed by worldwide transformational realities, challenges and client experiences. Within an institutional context, our practice is comprehensive; engaging constituents, disciplines and dynamics throughout the entire institution.


We are often referred to by our clients as ‘strategists.’ Working with clients, we help optimize and develop resources, guide the development of options and support strategic decision making.

Client Projects

Client projects span a very broad range, from what we affectionately call rescues (recovering from negative accreditation findings, repairing a slide in enrollment, recovering from runaway deferred maintenance, digging out of revenue shortfall) to new program development (such as a Masters in Fraud and Forensics, a B.A. in Business of Art and Design, or a portfolio of programs in High Performance Learning or Nursing or Allied Health Professions). Our projects also serve new campus planning initiatives (for example, a system of Medical Colleges and a Women’s University to serve 60,000 in Saudi Arabia, comprehensive universities in Iraq, or an entrepreneurial university in Japan with campuses to be implemented across Asia) and we work with clients interested in planning for the future (for example, facilitating and guiding development of Strategic Plans, Master Academic Plans, Institutional Effectiveness Plans, Strategic Enrollment Management Plans and a host of other tactical and technical plans that guide an institution into its future).