About Us

One of higher education’s most credible research and consultation firms, AASCU Consulting is known and admired for the experience and competence of its associates, the quality of its services to its many clients and the integrity of its work.

AASCU Consulting builds on the tradition of its founding over 40 years ago. In 2014, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) assumed its operations to further support institutional leaders in managing the broad range of strategic and organizational challenges and opportunities facing American higher education.

AASCU Consulting assures the continuation of the consulting services long provided by Penson Associates, while allowing AASCU—a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges and universities—to advance its goal of being a full-service association for its members that helps institutions enhance their leadership capacity and strengthen their campus administrations.

We Understand Higher Education

AASCU Consulting supports innovative, inspired, and resourceful leaders at colleges and universities across the country.

We understand today’s strategic and organizational challenges in higher education. We know what it’s like to manage budget reductions, build effective leadership teams, and not only create a strategic plan, but execute it.

Our associates — former presidents, chancellors, and other senior executives of colleges and universities — spent decades working through many of the same day-to-day challenges and opportunities that you face today.

We tailor our services and solutions to the unique needs, culture, and challenges of your institution. We listen closely to your issues and concerns, then deliver personalized approaches to strengthen your institution for the future. 

Why Us?

Experience and Credibility: Former presidents, chancellors, and other senior executives of colleges and universities with a deep understanding of higher education.

Excellence: Dedicated to making colleges and universities better and want to help others do the same. Creative, individualized solutions for your institution.

Integrity and Commitment to the mission of higher education and advancing economic progress and cultural development in local communities.

Any profit is reinvested in AASCU programs and services that benefit AASCU member institutions and the higher education community.