Meet enrollment targets, control costs, maximize technology, optimize investments, stay competitive — higher education leaders face a daunting “to-do” list. For more than 50 years, we’ve served as a trusted advisor to public and private colleges and universities, community colleges, and foundations. We understand the pressures you face, and our experts work with you to provide strategic direction, benchmarking, and analysis to support your success.
We work with you and your board to explore new funding sources, manage risk, and protect your institution from cybersecurity threats. We help you plan and implement new technology, assess your current technology environment, extract added value from your current technology systems and uncover new opportunities for optimization and cost savings. Our team can assist with fraud investigations and implement controls to minimize risk. We provide independent advice on facility utilization, and our project management professionals can advise you on every aspect of your construction and campus improvement projects.
We are the second largest provider of single audits, serving higher education, school districts, government, not-for-profit, and healthcare. The annual expenditures for government programs audited range from $750,000 to $1 billion.
Areas of Focus
Managing risk in higher education
Higher Education Podcast Series
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Technology strategies for higher education
Enterprise risk management
Lessons for higher education
How changing regulations affect higher education
Perkins Loan program expiration and tax law changes: Next steps for your institutionJoin Plante Moran and CACUBO to learn how the expiration of the Perkins Loan program and the emerging tax law changes will impact your higher education institution.
Higher Education Thought Leadership
The business of higher educationNationwide, higher education leaders are forging new relationships built upon deeper collaboration, improved service, and closer alignment of business initiatives with institutional missions.
GASB 74 and 75: Examining the new GASB OPEB standardsGASB standards 74 and 75 will make significant revisions to the current accounting and reporting for OPEB, both from an employer perspective as well as from a plan perspective.
Protect your institution by managing riskThere are ongoing threats specific to your higher education institution. Explore the world of risk management and the risk factors you should be mitigating now.
Key responsibilities nonprofit board members should masterCharged with providing direction, guidance, and oversight, nonprofit boards keep an eye toward the future and help ensure that the organization is poised to reach its goals. This webinar will discuss the key responsibilities nonprofit board members should master.
Is your 403(b) or 401(k) retirement plan on autopilot?An investment advisory's disaster recovery plan couldn't weather the realities of Hurricane Sandy – but it provided valuable insights into portfolio performance and how to best plan for adversity and risk.
Let’s all agree on what’s fair: GASB 72 fair value explainedWith GASB 72 in effect, are you wondering what other investments are now subject to the fair value measurement? In this webinar, we’ll look at the changes GASB 72 brings and discuss some sample disclosures.
Hidden consequences of alternative investments for not-for-profitsIf you lead a not-for-profit or serve on the board of one, you need to know that some investments trigger reporting and/or tax payment obligations that might not otherwise exist. Here are a few commonly-missed forms and penalties.
New FASB standard for nonprofits' presentation of financial statementsWith proposed changes to the FASB standards for nonprofits’ financial statements, are you worried about being in compliance with the new rules? Join our webinar to understand the proposed regulations and how they could affect you.
Five steps to effectively manage riskShared understanding of the particular risks to your higher education institution and its operations is critical among campus leadership and decision makers. These five steps can help you get to consensus and create a risk management plan.
Our clients say
Plante Moran has the expertise in higher education that has proved invaluable to Hope. They are definitely a leader in higher education audit preparation. They continually keep Hope abreast of current and new audit regulation that will impact higher education. Their webinars and seminars offered are very helpful and informative. This is a great added resource to having them serve as our auditors.