Moving Higher Ed Forward

At Academica, we're driven by the singular mission of moving higher ed forward. In our 20 years of working with post-secondary institutions across Canada and the US, we’ve used our deep sector expertise and third-party nimbleness to provide solutions that have maximum impact for each of our clients. 

Our commitment to moving higher ed forward is evidenced by our contributions to the sector, which include the publication of Strategic Enrolment Intelligence (2011), the first book ever published on Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) in Canada. Our contributions also include the creation of the University/College Applicant Survey and Acceptance Declined Study, two syndicated enrolment research products that have transformed the practice of SEM since their introduction. Our Academica Careers portal has become the premier site for connecting employers and top talent in the post-secondary sector. Further, our daily Academica Top Ten and biweekly Indigenous Top Ten newsletters provide more than 32K committed higher ed professionals with a baseline level of awareness about the most relevant trends and news impacting higher ed.

These contributions and others have given Academica an unparalleled level of reach and influence in the sector, which also comes with an unparalleled level of trust with our 200+ institutional clients. We believe that now more than ever, post-secondary education is one of the most positive forces at work in the world, and we are extremely proud to work with passionate, talented higher ed professionals to move higher ed forward.

Whether your institution is looking to achieve best-in-class status on a global scale, grow its national footprint, or ensure its long-term financial sustainability, we offer the enhanced research capacity and sector-leading insight that will help you achieve your goals and turn challenges into opportunities. To that end, we invite you to continue reading to explore all of the ways Academica Group can help you soar beyond limitations to change the lives of your students, colleagues, and campus communities.

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Research

It all starts with a deep understanding of the sector, the institution, and stakeholder groups. We provide:

Enrolment Research Suite

Program Feasibility Studies

  • Research to inform new program development, including environmental scan, industry/employer interviews and student feedback. Learn more.

Program Reviews

  • Assessment of existing programs

Competitor Analysis

  • Examine where your program/institution stands compared to others

Environmental Scans

Inform both program and institutional planning

Labour Market Studies

Assess current and future labour market demand and identify in-demand occupations

Brand Research

Determine brand awareness and perceptions of your institution

Ad Concept Testing

Obtain feedback on creative materials, websites, etc. from the target market

Youth Research & StudentVu Panel

Obtain powerful, high-quality insight quickly and directly from students and youth via the StudentVu panel.

Reviews

Secondary research to inform a broad-spectrum of higher education topics on behalf of institutions, governments and related associations

Policy Analysis

Research to inform institutional and government policy

Custom Research

We design and execute research to meet the unique needs of a situation or a client

Consulting

Research data and insights don’t stand on their own. We’ll help you get the most from research intelligence within the context of your institution and the sector by incorporating our years of higher ed expertise. Our team of consultants are experts in their fields and will work with you to craft evidence-based strategies and action plans to match. Or we will partner with you to provide the extra support you need.

In addition to having expertise in their field, our consultants are known for being flexible, approachable and delivering on-time/every time.

Strategic Enrolment Management

SEM planning and implementation, professional development/training

Enrolment Management process review and redesign

From prospect management through Recruitment, Admissions, Registration, Scheduling, Orientation, Advising, and Student Services

Recruitment, Conversion and/or Retention

Recruitment planning & opportunities including target groups like International and Indigenous/FNMI learners; best conversion opportunities or missed conversion opportunity assessment; retention planning

Communications Review

Reviewing institutional publications and obtaining stakeholder feedback

Departmental Reviews

Helping institutions to review departments and functions to meet changing organizational needs and also align departmental plans to institutional plans

Strategic Planning

Working with institutions to create strategic and institutional plans complete with research, focus groups and stakeholder consultation

Policy Research and Updates

Institutional policy research, updates, policy writing and review

Interpreting and implementing Strategies from Research

We frequently assist institutions to better utilize existing research to provide insight into strategy development and execution

Custom consulting in higher education

Want something else? We can probably do that too. Just ask us!

Proof Stories

Designing marketing materials that turn interest into enrolment

Prospective students savvier than ever before when deciding which institution to attend

Standing out in a crowded marketplace is no Small Wonder

It's more important than ever for PSE institutions to position themselves clearly in the minds of students

Positioning on-campus housing as the best option for student success

Post-secondary students in Waterloo, Ontario have more housing options than those of any other city in Canada

Creating programs that keep pace with a shifting skills gap

The torrid pace of change in Canada’s labour market has put growing pressure on employers and educators.

Recruitment Intelligence for the University of Waterloo

For over a decade, our research has enabled uWaterloo to make confident, evidence-based recruiting decisions.

Navigating Change with the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan has reduced uncertainty that comes with change because of data from Academica.

Selected Clients

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Client List

ACAD

Algoma University

Algonquin College

Athabasca U

Athabasca University

Bishop's University

Bow Valley College

Brescia UC

Brock University

Business Council of Canada

Cal Lutheran University (US)

Cambrian College

Campus Stores Canada

Canadian Accredited Independent Schools

Canadore

Canadore College

Cape Breton University

CAPS

Cape Breton University

Centennial College

CLU

Collège Boréal

Colleges Ontario

Conestoga College

Confederation College

Conference Board of Canada

Council of Educators Toronto (CET)

Don Park

Durham College

eCampus Alberta

Edge Survey

Fanshawe

Fanshawe College

GBC

Georgian College

Global University Systems Holdings Inc.

Haskayne (U of C)

HEQCO

Humber College

Humber Student Federation

Huron University College

International Association of Chiefs of Police

Kings University College

La Sierra University (US)

Lakehead University

Laurentian University

Lethbridge College

LHIN

London Small Business Centre

Loyalist College

MacEwan Univerity

Marianopolis College

Memorial University

Michener Institute

Mohawk College

Mount Royal University

Mount Saint Vincent University

MyPaddle.co

NAIT

Niagara College

Nippissing University

NorQuest College

Northwest Community College

NSCAD

NWCC

OACUHO

Ont Colleges Library Services

Oxford Learning Centres

Providence UC & Seminary

Queen's University

Red Deer College

Saint Mary's University

SAIT

Seneca College

Sheridan College

Shoppers Drug Mart

Small Business Centre

SMU-Sobey School of Business

St. Clair College

St. Lawrence College

St. Thomas University

Sutherland-Chan

The King's University

Thompson Rivers University

Trent University

U Guelph-Humber

University of Calgary

University of Lethbridge

Colleges Ontario

UIllinois at Urbana Champaign (US)

UNB (Saint John)

UNBC

University of Alberta

University of Guelph

University of Illinois

University of Manitoba

University of Ottawa

University of Regina

University of Saskatchewan

University of Victoria

University of Waterloo

UOIT

Western University

Wilfred Laurier University

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