Eduventures Launches Learning Collaborative Program For Enrollment Management

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Eduventures LLC, the leading research and consulting firm serving the education market, announced today the launch of its Learning Collaborative Program for Enrollment Management to meet the challenges facing college and university admissions and enrollment management executives.

Eduventures LLC, the leading research and consulting firm serving the education market, announced today the launch of its Learning Collaborative Program for Enrollment Management to meet the challenges facing college and university admissions and enrollment management executives.

The Learning Collaborative Program for Enrollment Management (EM) is a member-based research program designed to help member institutions address critical strategic, marketing, and operational challenges. The shared-cost nature of the program allows universities to jointly underwrite investigations into common challenges in a cost-efficient manner, while affording the members the opportunity for structured comparison, information sharing, and benchmarking with other leading universities. The information and insight gained from the research falls directly to the bottom line – allowing member organizations to increase revenue and enhance operational performance.

The launch of the EM program, which is already attracting a significant membership base, including national leaders such as Boston College and Ohio State University, comes at a time when there are significant decreases in federal and state funds, increasing applications coupled with growing competition for high-caliber students, concerns about student retention and transfer rates, the struggle to balance recruitment priorities of selectivity and diversity, and the constant pressure to align with national rankings criteria.

“Enrollment managers are under increasing pressure to balance a number of sometimes competing priorities,” says Brent Keltner, Eduventures’ Managing Vice President of the Learning Collaborative Program for Enrollment Management. “Credible, reliable, and timely data and insight are key tools in making good decisions about strategic recruitment and retention decisions. The Enrollment Management program provides access to both independent research and analysis and a peer network of institutions facing similar challenges.”

The Team

Supporting the research agenda for the EM, Eduventures has recently hired a research team steeped in knowledge and experience in the education market, including:

Tony Bernez, M.A., Senior Member Advisor

Tony comes to Eduventures with more than twenty years of experience as an enrollment management practitioner and analyst. Tony has held senior administrative positions in admissions, financial aid, and early academic outreach at universities including University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Santa Barbara, and California State University Hayward. He also spent two years as a Research Analyst in the Office of Student Life at Barnard College. Tony earned his Master’s Degree in Education and Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology both from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has completed doctoral coursework in Counseling Psychology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Jim Quinn, M.B.A., Senior Analyst

Jim comes to Eduventures from Harvard Business School where he served as a senior researcher and case writer in the areas of corporate strategy, finance, social enterprise, and marketing. He has worked on cases covering competitive, marketing, and financial strategies with senior executives at dozens of leading consumer goods companies including Ben & Jerry’s, Hewlett Packard, Novartis, Burger King, and Timberland. Prior to Harvard Business School, Jim served as Associate Director of Admissions at the Yale School of Management and as a secondary school teacher and academic counselor at St. Sebastian's School. Jim earned his M.B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. in English and B.A. in Economics cum laude from Middlebury College.

Marlene Kuhtman, Ph.D., Research Analyst

Marlene comes to Eduventures from Boston College, where she served as a Graduate Research Fellow in the Academic Vice President’s Office while completing her dissertation. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Marlene worked as a Budget Analyst at Boston College and as a Senior Budget Analyst at Virginia Tech. Marlene has developed and led budget and benchmarking analyses in areas including enrollment yield modeling, tuition remission and discounting policies, student service delivery, faculty governance, and faculty salary and benefits. Marlene earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Boston College, her M.A. in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech, and her Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from The College of William and Mary.

Kate Lunney, B.A., Research Analyst

Kate comes to Eduventures after five years at the Corporate Executive Board Company, where served as a researcher, senior researcher, and research manager with responsibility for managing a team of three custom research analysts. Her research talents were recognized with several awards for research excellence. Kate earned her B.A. in History from Binghamton University, State University of New York. She also studied abroad at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

The Learning Collaborative in Enrollment Management follows Eduventures’ recent launch of its other Learning Collaborative programs, including those focused on Continuing and Professional Education and Online Higher Education. For more information on Eduventures’ Learning Collaborative Programs, contact Brent Keltner at 617.532.6046 or


For more than a decade, Eduventures has been the most trusted name in the education market for research, consulting services, and peer networking. Its clients include senior administrators and executives from leading educational institutions and companies serving the K-12, higher education, and corporate learning markets, as well as decision-makers in government agencies and the investment community. For more information, visit


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