Customized Consulting


IDEA staff have a wealth of experience, as well as access to research and resources, to assist individual institutions on a variety of topics through our Customized Consulting Services.  

female consultantFrom a simple, one-time phone call to full campus visits and workshops, we offer a number of options for getting help solving specific problems or just getting the ball rolling on campus. Take a look at the list of consulting services below to get a better idea of what we can do for you.

Our consulting services are available to both clients and non-clients.  Give us a call at 800.255.2757 or fill out our Information Request Form and let us know how we can help.

Developing an Integrated Curriculum

Challenges

Some of the challenges surrounding curriculums may include: a lack of regular, systemic review; unnecessary or missing learning outcomes in some majors; institutional general education outcomes are not being achieved or some programs do not contribute to outcomes; the addition of new programs in need of review; and accreditation requirements.

How IDEA can help

IDEA specialists are experienced in helping faculty and administrators take stock of institutional and program curriculum in a thoughtful way resulting in a clear plan for what needs to change and what is fine just the way it is. From a simple discussion about the issue to a thorough, hand-holding process of working through the curriculum on your campus, we can help you ensure an integrated curriculum that works effectively for students and faculty as well as meeting accreditation needs. Through curriculum mapping for the institution, programs, gen ed and individual courses, we will help you identify gaps or repetitions and areas of weakness. Convincing faculty of the importance of examining the program and institutional curriculum is an important part of the process, and we will help you involve faculty in the important decision-making process.

Your choice

  • Single consultation. Work with an IDEA consultant about a particular issue that includes a review of relevant materials and exploration of solutions in two conversations. 
    Cost: $300
  • Webinar. During a one-hour webinar with as many people on your campus as necessary, our specialists will lay out the strategy for ensuring an integrated curriculum tailored to the needs and issues of your campus. Participants come away with a game plan for next steps. 
    Cost: Starts at $500
  • Five, one-hour consultations. An IDEA consultant will work with you virtually (phone or web conferencing) to explore the issues facing your campus and to explore solutions over a period of time to allow the opportunity to develop and try-out solutions and make adjustments. 
    Cost: $1,200
  • On-campus workshop or consultation*. Bring the IDEA specialist to campus for face-to-face consultation or a workshop. During a workshop, our IDEA specialist will explore the concepts behind program assessment and curriculum mapping and participants will actually map their own programs and general education outcomes. Remaining time is spent developing a plan for fixing any misalignments in curriculum and ensuring changes are applied.
    Cost: Starts at $3,000
  • Year-long consultation*. Get help as you work to develop an integrated curriculum throughout the year. Year-long consultations start with a discussion with the leader(s) tasked with reviewing curriculum and a plan is devised for guiding the campus through a year of curriculum review and revision. The IDEA specialist charged with helping will then come to campus for a one-day review of the process for developing an integrated curriculum with campus leaders and then individual and group meetings to finalize the plan. The consultant is then available for web conferences and phone calls as needed through the year to guide the campus to a successful completion of the project.
    Cost: Starts at $8,500
  • * Plus travel.  Typically less than $1,000.

Ensuring Balanced Faculty Evaluation

Challenges

Some of the challenges around faculty evaluation include: a process that is too dependent on student feedback alone; unclear faculty communication on the evaluation process; disparity in how faculty are evaluated between departments on campus; poor preparation by chairs and deans in their evaluation of faculty; lack of focus on improvement of teaching; and a faculty evaluation process that may be considered punitive and not supportive of formative development.  

How idea can help

IDEA specialists are experienced in helping campuses create a balanced faculty evaluation process that considers an array of data in evaluating how well faculty teach. Faculty evaluation should be comprehensive, and fair, and include the voice of the student as well as other sources of information such as peer feedback, portfolios, or self-reflection. Let us help you develop a balanced process at your institution that fits your campus priorities and needs.

Your choice

  • Single consultation. Work with an IDEA consultant about a particular issue that includes a review of relevant materials and exploration of solutions in two conversations. 
    Cost: $300
  • Webinar. During a one-hour webinar with as many people on your campus as necessary, our specialists will lay out the strategy for developing a balanced faculty evaluation tailored to the needs of your campus. Participants come away with a game plan for next steps. 
    Cost: Starting at $500
  • Five, one-hour consultations. An IDEA consultant will work with you virtually (phone or web conferencing) to explore the issues facing your campus and to explore solutions over a period of time to allow the opportunity to develop and try-out solutions and make adjustments. 
    Cost: $1,200
  • On-campus workshop or consultation*. Bring the IDEA specialist to campus for face-to-face consultation or a workshop. During a workshop, our IDEA specialist will explore the concepts behind developing a balanced faculty evaluation process so participants are ready to devise or revise the process on your campus.Time can also be allocated for developing a plan for revising the faculty evaluation process on your campus. 
    Cost: Starting at $3,000
  • Year-long consultation*. Get help as you work to develop balanced faculty evaluation process throughout the year. Year-long consultations start with a discussion with the leader(s) tasked with faculty evaluation and a plan is devised for guiding the campus through a process of revising the process on your campus. The IDEA specialist charged with helping will then come to campus for a one-day review of the process with campus leaders, and then individual and group meetings to finalize a plan for revision. The consultant is then available for web conferences and phone calls as needed through the year to guide the campus to a successful completion of the project.
    Cost: Starting at $8,500
  • * Plus travel.  Typically less than $1,000.

Chair Leadership Development

Challenges

Some of the challenges surrounding department management include: lack of cohesion within department; no formal program in place to help chairs learn how to improve their leadership; no formal no program in place for new chairs to help them set expectations and plans for leadership; and accreditation requirements or internal policies necessitate that a process be in place for continuous improvement of leadership.  

How idea can help

IDEA specialists are experienced in departmental, chair leadership and helping others develop those skills. Our guidance can help chairs understand the importance of key factors in the successful guidance of an academic department including leading faculty, overseeing budgets, managing the curriculum, promoting the department, and navigating the wider institution processes and politics.

YOUR CHOICE

  • Single consultation. Work with an IDEA consultant about a particular issue that includes a review of relevant materials and exploration of solutions in two conversations or examine the results of your Feedback System for Chairs survey.
    Cost: $300
  • Webinar. During a two-hour webinar, our specialists will present strategies for successful department leadership and provide time for discussion of specific issues and exploration of solutions on your particular campus. 
    Cost: Starting at $500
  • Five, one-hour consultations. An IDEA consultant will work with Chairs virtually (phone or web conferencing) to explore the issues facing their department and to explore solutions over a period of time to allow the opportunity to develop and try-out solutions and make adjustments.
    Cost: $1,200
  • On-campus workshop or consultation*. Bring an IDEA specialist to campus for a face-to-face consultation with Chairs to discuss results of feedback, issues facing the department, strategies for problem-solving or whatever help that is needed or for a workshop. During a workshop, our IDEA specialist will present strategies for successful department leadership and provide time for discussion of specific issues and exploration of solutions. Additional time can be allocated for individual consultations as well.
    Cost: Starting at $3,000
  • Year-long consultation*. Get year-long help for all the Chairs at your institution. This agreement makes an IDEA consultant available via phone or web conferencing to any of your Chairs to discuss results of feedback, issues facing the department, strategies for problem-solving or whatever help that is needed.
    Cost: Starting at $8,500
  • * Plus travel.  Typically less than $1,000. 

Survey Development and Data Analytics

Challenges

Specific challenges exist around survey development including: turning data into insights; drafting ideal questions; a need to evaluate programs;  the need to create evidence for accreditation or demonstrate the value of your division/college/department/program/service; lack of time and resources to collect needed information; ensuring current surveys and other data collection processes are as valid and effective as possible . 

How IDEA can help

IDEA specialists bring a deep understanding and experience with survey design and data analysis to the table. We can evaluate items you’ve created or help you create them, determine what data you need to answer questions and the best ways to collect those data. By analyzing existing data you collect from different sources on your campus, our specialists can help you evaluate programs or identify issues as well as create evidence for accreditation purposes. Or if the data do not exist, we can help devise appropriate data collection strategies, including survey design and data collection, to acquire useful data that provides valuable insights.

Your choice

  • Consultation. Talk with an IDEA specialist in a phone or web conference conversation about survey development or data collection or analysis issues and explore options. 
    Cost: First hour free.  $300 per hour thereafter
  • Survey Design. Our IDEA specialists will help you create a survey to gather the data you need to evaluate programs or collect evidence for accreditation. We can also deliver the survey online and analyze results if needed.
    Cost: Starts at $300/hr
  • Data Management and Analysis. Our IDEA specialists analyze your data and create a report tailored to your questions. Our team will first meet with you virtually to determine the scope and details of the project and devise the approach. Then they will crunch the numbers to generate a report that answers your questions.
    Cost: Starts at $300/hr

Data Analysis

challenges

An institution would like assistance with analyzing the relationships between their IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) course data and faculty demographics supplied through the Campus Labs platform. Specifically, they wish to examine the relationships between the SRI and instructor gender, age, ethnicity, race, and academic discipline.

How idea can help

IDEA's team of researchers and statisticians develops quantitative data collection systems and manages large data sets. We conduct higher-order statistical analyses (e.g., regression modeling, Bayesian Model Averaging, structural equation modeling, factor analysis, multivariate analyses). 

 

Available Services

  • SPSS, R, and Amos statistical packages
  • Custom data analysis of IDEA SRI such as an SRI Diversity/demographics report, an SRI Student success report, or longitudinal analysis
  • Data analysis of home-grown instruments
  • Report writing 

YOUR CHOICE

  • Consultation. Talk with an IDEA specialist in a phone or web conference conversation about data analysis issues and explore options. 
    Cost: First hour free.  $300 per hour thereafter
  • Data Management and Analysis. Our IDEA specialists analyze your data and create a report tailored to your questions. Our team will first meet with you virtually to determine the scope and details of the project and devise the approach. Then they will crunch the numbers to generate a report that answers your questions.
    Cost: Starts at $300/hr

Improving Faculty Development

challenges

Some challenges surrounding faculty development include: little-to-no organized effort for faculty development; the need for faculty development but few resources to make it happen; a working faculty development program, but want insights into improving its reach and effectiveness; and the desire to make an outstanding faculty development program even better.

how idea can help

IDEA specialists are experienced faculty developers with insights into running successful Teaching and Learning Centers. Let us identify areas for improvement in how faculty development is done on your campus whether you are just getting started or have a well-developed program. Our external perspective, coupled with a keen understanding of best practices, can help you start or refine your efforts.

your choice

  • Single consultation. Work with an IDEA consultant about a particular issue that includes a review of relevant materials and exploration of solutions in two conversations. 
    Cost: $300
  • Webinar. During a one-hour webinar with as many people on your campus as necessary, our specialists will lay out a strategy for starting a Teaching and Learning Center tailored to the particular needs and issues on your campus. Participants come away with a game plan for next steps.
    Cost: Starting at $500 
  • Five, one-hour consultations. An IDEA consultant will work with you virtually (phone or web conferencing) to explore faculty development on your campus and directions you could take for improvement over a period of time to allow the opportunity to develop and try-out solutions and make adjustments. 
    Cost: $1,200
  • On-campus workshop or consultation*. Bring the IDEA specialist to campus for face-to-face consultation to explore faculty development on your campus and directions you could take for improvement or for a workshop. On campus, consultants can take time to more fully explore options, examine current programs, and meet with different campus constituencies interested in faculty development. Or combine consultation with a workshop. During a workshop, our IDEA specialist will lay out a strategy for starting a Teaching and Learning Center on your campus. Participants come away with a game plan for next steps. 
    Cost: Starting at $3,000
  • Year-long consultation*. Get help as you work to start or improve faculty development and/or a Teaching and Learning Center on your campus throughout the year. Year-long consultations start with a discussion about faculty development on your campus and directions you could take for improvement. The IDEA specialist charged with helping will then come to campus for a one-day review of the process with campus leaders, and then individual and group meetings to finalize a plan for revision. The consultant is then available for web conferences and phone calls as needed through the year to guide the campus to a successful completion of the project.
    Cost: Starting at $8,500
  • * Plus travel. Typically less than $1,000

Faculty to Administrator Transition

challenges

Some of the challenges facing faculty as they transition into administrative roles include: little or no preparation for administrative duties; facing challenging interpersonal issues in a department; a lack of certain leadership skills; and the desire to prepare faculty ahead of time for the transition. 

how idea can help

IDEA specialists come from a variety of faculty and administrative leadership positions at colleges and universities across the country. They can work with faculty making the transition to an administrative position to avoid common pitfalls, identify their own needs for skill development, and coach them through specific challenges

your choice

  • Single consultation. Work with an IDEA consultant about a particular issue that includes a review of relevant materials and exploration of solutions in two conversations or to explore solutions. 
    Cost: $300
  • Webinar. During a two-hour webinar, our specialists will present strategies for successfully transitioning to administrative leadership and provide time for discussion of specific issues and exploration of solutions on your particular campus. 
    Cost: Starting at $500
  • Five, one-hour consultations. An IDEA consultant will work with your faculty/administrators virtually (phone or web conferencing) to explore the issues they face and to explore solutions over a period of time to allow the opportunity to develop and try-out solutions and make adjustments. 
    Cost: $1,200
  • On-campus workshop or consultation*. Bring an IDEA specialist to campus for a face-to-face consultation with faculty/administrators to discuss strategies for success faculty-to-administrator transitioning, issues facing the department, strategies for problem-solving or whatever help that is needed--or for a workshop. During a workshop, our IDEA specialist will present strategies for successful transitioning from faculty to administrator, department leadership, and provide time for discussion of specific issues and exploration of solutions. Additional time can be allocated for individual consultations as well. 
    Cost: Starting at $3,000
  • Year-long consultation*. Get year-long help for all new administrators at your institution. This agreement makes an IDEA consultant available via phone or web conferencing to any of your administrators to discuss results of feedback, issues facing the department, strategies for problem-solving or whatever help that is needed.
    Cost: Starting at $8,500
  • * Plus travel. Typically less than $1,000

Accreditation Alignment

how idea can help

IDEA’s strategic advisory services provides consulting on accreditation standards that require improvement to be achieved through an ongoing and systematic cycle of evaluation, integrated planning, implementation, and re-evaluation. By building capacity for analytics, our consultants will guide your institution to engage in self-analysis leading to improvement in all areas of learning and teaching.

YOUR CHOICE

  • Single consultation. Work with an IDEA consultant about a particular issue that includes a review of relevant materials and exploration of solutions in two conversations. 
    Cost: $300
  • Webinar. During a one-hour webinar with as many people on your campus as necessary, our specialists will lay out the strategy to align your campus' use of IDEA systems with particular program and institutional goals for student achievement and overall institutional effectiveness and can track, document, and report progress
    Cost: Starts at $500
  • Five, one-hour consultations. An IDEA consultant will work with you virtually (phone or web conferencing) to explore accreditation alignment needs on your campus and to explore solutions over a period of time to allow the opportunity to develop and try-out solutions and make adjustments. 
    Cost: $1,200
  • On-campus workshop or consultation*. Bring the IDEA specialist to campus for face-to-face consultation or a workshop. During a workshop, our IDEA specialist will break down your specific student learning objectives by programs or groups of courses and help to answer the question, “How are we doing in supporting student learning and what might we do to improve?”
    Cost: Starts at $3,000
  • Year-long consultation*. Get help as you work on your accreditation or professional standards throughout the year. The IDEA specialist charged with helping will come to campus for a one-day review of the process with campus leaders and then individual and group meetings to finalize the plan. The consultant is then available for web conferences and phone calls as needed through the year to guide the campus to a successful completion of the project.
    Cost: Starts at $8,500
  • * Plus travel.  Typically less than $1,000.

Issues in Higher Education

challenge

Identifying issues and opportunities to improve course, program, and institutional outcomes can have strategic implications for your unit and your university. 

how Idea can help

IDEA specialists are available to consult on and develop workshops for a myriad of topics.  Here is a sampling:

  • Identifying and Dealing with Bias
  • Developing Effective Faculty Evaluation Systems
  • Measuring Civic Engagement
  • Providing Adjunct Support

your choice

    • Consultation. Talk with an IDEA specialist in a phone or web conference conversation about your specific needs and explore support options. 
      Cost: First hour free.  $300 per hour thereafter

Pre- and Post-Award Services

challenges

Faculty in English departments collaborating across multiple institutions plan to submit a grant proposal to request external funding for a project designed to infuse active learning in the classroom. They have developed several outcome measures but need assistance with developing a student satisfaction survey and with post-award services for evaluating the project. They will need assistance with data management and data analysis, including higher-order statistical analyses. Student Affairs Assessment

how idea can help

IDEA researchers consult with campuses on research designs for proposal development and/or can be included as a resource for analyzing data collected from a funded project. 


Consultation and workshops can also be built on topics such as:

  • Literature review and report writing
  • Balanced faculty evaluations
  • Implementing data-informed decision making on your campus
  • Assistance in analyzing your Aggregate Data File (ADF)

    your choice

  • Consultation. Talk with an IDEA specialist in a phone or web conference conversation about survey development or data collection or analysis issues and explore options. 
    Cost: First hour free.  $300 per hour thereafter
  • Survey Design. Our IDEA specialists will help you create a survey to gather the data you need to evaluate programs or collect evidence for accreditation. We can also deliver the survey online and analyze results if needed.
    Cost: Starts at $300/hr
  • Data Management and Analysis. Our IDEA specialists analyze your data and create a report tailored to your questions. Our team will first meet with you virtually to determine the scope and details of the project and devise the approach. Then they will crunch the numbers to generate a report that answers your questions.
    Cost: Starts at $300/hr
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