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Bringing mission-critical organizational intelligence to higher education

The BerryDunn team brings deep experience to both independent and public colleges and universities, with a keen ability to analyze complex organizations and develop actionable strategies to optimize business, operations, and development functions, allowing greater focus on mission fulfillment. 

Our education advisory team is comprised of a diverse group of CPAs and IT management consultants, all with extensive experience in the realm of higher education. We bring insight and perspective from our work with higher education institutions throughout the United States. We have a deep understanding of industry trends, a thorough awareness of best practices, and an independent perspective that informs clear, objective recommendations tailored to each client’s circumstances. Higher education clients benefit from: 

Accounting and tax planning services

  • Control growing infrastructure, operations, recruiting, staff, and faculty costs
  • Mitigate the impact of endowment accounting issues 
  • Address new accounting and auditing pronouncements on the organization’s financial statements and related systems
  • Manage NCAA Agreed-Upon Procedures
  • Satisfy Department of Education composite scoring requirements

Management and IT consulting services

  • Match resources to institutional needs with organizational redesign 
  • Reduce administrative costs by improving operational efficiency
  • Improve business processes and manage change
  • Align IT strategy with institutional strategy
  • Identify, prioritize, and tackle IT security risks

BerryDunn is also an active participant in NACUBO, EDUCAUSE, and other industry associations. We continually strive to keep clients informed of key industry developments, and we work collaboratively with client stakeholders to develop, revise, and implement organizational strategies, and encourage broad adoption of key initiatives.

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BerryDunn has provided the annual audit of our University’s financial statements and compliance of federal expenditures, annual tax returns, and NCAA agreed upon procedures every three years. The team we work with is very professional, efficient, timely in providing data and reports, and very responsive to mid-year as well as year-end inquiries and questions. Their knowledge of our industry, the region, New Hampshire law, and depth of experts at their firm helps us to know we have a partner that we can rely upon. We are a satisfied customer and value this relationship.

- Sandra Quaye, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Franklin Pierce University

A partner to rely on

After working with larger CPA firms in the past, I am impressed at how we see the same staff from BerryDunn return year after year, how well they understand the higher education audit requirements and the time they take to really understand Hartwick College. Their knowledge of the College and its financial statements and their willingness to consult with us during the year is invaluable. Working with BerryDunn has been a pleasure.

- Karen V. Zuill, Controller, Hartwick College

Understanding higher education audit requirements