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Consulting and Capacity Building

Penn AHEAD’S capacity building initiatives help senior university leaders, trustees, academic leaders, and policy makers advance their priorities and address pressing challenges. Our unique customized approach links research to practice, drawing on the expertise and deep experiences of the faculty and staff of Penn AHEAD and on an extensive network of experienced university leaders.

Our work focus on both U.S. and international higher education systems and institutions. Some areas in which we consult and advise include, but are not limited to, governance, leadership, access, quality assurance, policy, gender equity, institutional and system-level change, and university strategy.

We engage in short-term consulting efforts as well as long-term partner projects spanning a year or more. 

Examples of Recent Engagements



Broward College, FL

Carrol College, MT

College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont

College of Fine Arts

Denver Community College 

Hood College, MD

Lehigh University, PA

North Central College, IL

The Pennsylvania State University

Presbyterian College, SC

Portland State University

Stockton University, NJ

University of Michigan

University of Scranton, PA

University of South Carolina

Whittier College, PA

Wilkes University, PA

AKEPT, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia

Anant National University, India

Commission for Academic Accreditation, UAE

The HEAD Foundation, Singapore

Ministry of Education and Science and Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Tata Institute for Social Sciences and the University Grants Commission, India

The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

University of British Columbia, Canada

University of Sharjah, UAE

University of Fallujah, Iraq

The World Bank


Whether short or long-term, Penn AHEAD is committed to engaging in activities that: (1) build capacity, (2) create mutual benefit for all involved, (3) develop collaborative knowledge-driven activities, and (4) are conducted transparently and openly. 

For more information, please contact Peter Eckel, Ph.D. Senior Fellow and Director of Leadership Programs.