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Higher Education

Deliver on your mission with proven strategies and solutions

INDUSTRY overview

Colleges and universities operate in complex, consensus-oriented environments, committed to balancing the needs of faculty, students, administrators, and alumni. In such a landscape, it can be difficult to innovate and tackle new initiatives with speed and efficiency.

At SEI, we understand the platforms and operating models that power higher education. Institutions often maintain legacy systems, resulting in inefficient processes and procedures that are not optimized for today’s learning environment. From student information and learning management platforms to financial systems and cloud infrastructure, it can be difficult to keep pace with evolving solutions. But with grounded planning and change management best practices that enable adoption, modernization is achievable.

For nearly three decades, we’ve worked with higher education institutions to design and implement sustainable technology solutions, navigate federal regulations and state funding, and strategically facilitate new initiatives with confidence and tact. Our understanding of the people, processes, and technology at play allow us to keep an eye toward innovation while aligning solutions with a mission-driven philosophy.

We take a collaborative, team-based approach to problem solving, culture management, project development, and solution implementation. Working hand-in-hand with stakeholders at every level, we’re prepared to tackle any problem and provide the services that colleges and universities need to succeed.


Share of school CFOs who feel confident in their institution's financial stability over the next decade


Average share of a school's budget spent on complying with government regulations


Share of major U.S. universities with a Chief Diversity Officer or executive-level equivalent
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Cloud Migration

An Ivy League university sought to migrate its on-premise enterprise applications to the cloud to reduce operating costs and improve performance. SEI developed a cloud presence across the university, establishing standards, common contracts, and shared architecture to increase performance.

SIS Implementation

A major university sought to consolidate eight autonomous schools into a unified student information system. SEI led a multi-year, agile implementation that ensured a seamless transition to the new system, ultimately resulting in the digital transformation of the student experience across the university.

Grant Management

An Ivy League university needed to update its existing grants management system in order to improve functionality and accessibility. SEI oversaw the $3.8 million project budget, working in close collaboration with key stakeholders to implement a new, high-performance system that exceeded end-user expectations.