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Plante Moran

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.

Digital transformation in higher education

How technology can transform higher education
3 min read
How the public sector is waking up to the power of data analytics

As governments are forced to do more with less, they're waking up to the huge potential of data analytics to improve efficiency, make better spending decisions, and predict future trends. Here's how to build a data-driven culture in your organization.

Tim Deskin
Article July 28, 2021 3 min read
Is your IT department ready for disruption?
Marvin Sauer
Article June 1, 2021 6 min read
IT Governance: Yours, Mine, or Ours?
Ivy Anderson
Article April 1, 2021 6 min read
Public sector data analytics: Leverage data to make better decisions
Mark Richards
Article October 1, 2020 6 min read

Higher Education Podcast Series
Learn trends, background, and recommendations for how to make the best use of cloud solutions and infrastructure.

How changing regulations affect higher education

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The 2021 Compliance Supplement: Key takeaways for auditors and auditees

The 2021 Compliance Supplement has been released providing further guidance for new and existing federal programs. Here are the critical areas to consider as you plan for single audit compliance.

Amanda Ward
Article August 17, 2021 6 min read
Plante Moran provides public testimony to GASB
Michelle Watterworth
In The News April 6, 2021 1 min read
Higher education: COVID-19/CARES Act guidance
Vicki VanDenBerg
White Paper October 30, 2020 15 min read

Enterprise risk management
Lessons for higher education

Managing risk in higher education

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Preparing for disruption: Strategic planning for higher education
Every college and university in the country has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your institution’s survival may depend on how well it’s prepared for the next unexpected calamity. Is your strategic plan up to the task?
Ivy Anderson
Article November 25, 2020 5 min read
Five steps to effectively manage risk
Judy Wright
Article June 1, 2017 3 min read
Enterprise risk management: Lessons for higher education
Vicki VanDenBerg
Article June 1, 2017 12 min read
Cybersecurity for the public sector: You've been hacked — now what?
Judy Wright
Webinar February 19, 2018 70 min watch

Related Events

  • 2021 Year-end Webinar Series

    Make sure you’re ready for year-end — join our experts for a two-day virtual experience as they present important year-end updates for tax (individual and business), accounting, audit, and employee benefit plans.

    Webinar November 30, 2021 1 min read Upcoming
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Higher Education Thought Leadership

  • 2022 Nonprofit Outlook Survey

    Share your thoughts on the future of the nonprofit industry, your organization’s goals and challenges for the year, and how the pandemic has changed your strategy.

    Kellie Ray
    Assessment October 22, 2021 5 min read
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  • Are you prepared for the next disruption? An enterprise risk management handbook

    Risk management is critical to every organization, yet many leaders don’t think seriously enough about it until it’s too late. Enterprise risk management helps mitigate risks and, ultimately, realize value. Our handbook pulls back the curtain to show how.

    Doug Farmer Troy Snyder Jack Kristan Matthew Bohdan
    White Paper October 21, 2021 16 min read
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  • Congress extends debt ceiling as all eyes turn toward tax legislation

    On October 14, President Biden signed into law a short-term extension of the federal debt ceiling. This, coupled with other recent funding extensions, sets the stage for further negotiations over the major tax proposals. Our tax experts discuss. 

    Stephen Eckert Michael Monaghan Kurt Piwko
    Article October 15, 2021 7 min read
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  • The Analytics Center of Excellence: Make better, faster, and more cost-effective decisions

    The requirements of regulatory bodies are changing rapidly, and our clients need a clear path to manage those changes, make accurate and efficient budgeting decisions, and optimize their supply chain. Our solution? The Analytics Center of Excellence.

    Mark Richards Stephanie Henry
    Article October 15, 2021 5 min read
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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.

Douglas VanDyken Director of Finance & Business Services, Hope College

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College innovation center offers transformative learning environments for students
Northwestern Michigan College builds new, state-of-the-art innovation center with help from owner’s representative Plante Moran Cresa.
Pat Podges Plante Moran Cresa
Case Study 2018–2020 2 min read
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3 min read
Analytics framework improves efficiencies and provides valuable insights

A new analytics framework helps a medical research university improve their ePHI user access security and analysis and create operational efficiencies to focus on value-add risk mitigation activities.

Chris Moshier
Case Study April 2, 2019 3 min read

Our Team

Our team of higher education experts includes CPAs, technology professionals, management consultants, forensic accountants, and facilities/construction advisors, and our professionals can complement the expertise and capabilities of your in-house staff. As trusted advisors to the education sector, our audit and compliance specialists stay on top of changing regulations and trends impacting higher education and your institution. We share analysis and insights to help you anticipate challenges and plan for the future.