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Bringing mission-critical organizational intelligence to higher education

The BerryDunn team brings deep experience to both public and private 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 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 our expertise in a variety of areas: 

Accounting and tax planning services

  • Control growing infrastructure, operations, recruiting, staff, and faculty costs
  • Navigate the complexities of endowment accounting
  • Address new accounting and auditing pronouncements on the organization’s financial statements and related systems
  • Manage NCAA agreed-upon procedures
  • Satisfy US Department of Education composite scoring requirements

Management and IT consulting services

  • Align your resources with institutional needs via organizational redesign
  • Deliver project advisory services such as Quality Assurance (QA) and Third-Party Owner’s Representative (TPOR)
  • Develop strategies for cloud migrations
  • Improve business processes and manage change
  • Assess and advance governance, risk, and security practices
  • Reduce administrative costs by improving operational efficiency
  • Target technical debt in enterprise systems

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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"The audit team, led by Mark LaPrade and Ryan Gough, has maintained the highest standard of professionalism while providing the utmost level of expertise during each engagement. Throughout the course of the year, the audit team is readily available to consult with the University on various tax, accounting and regulation questions in a timely and assiduous manner.

The audit team has established a collegial relationship with both the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees; their service has been nothing short of outstanding. Each team member has been pleasant, knowledgeable and very proactive in each engagement. We are very pleased with the improvements in internal controls and financial reports.

I offer my highest recommendation of BerryDunn to any business looking for a knowledgeable audit and consulting partner. Their level of expertise and their service-oriented approach have served their clients well and I look forward to working with them for years to come."

- John Parker, DBA, CFO, Former Vice President for Finance and Administration, Rivier University

Year-round support and expertise

BerryDunn has been a trusted advisor to WPU for several years. We know we can pick up the phone, or send an email, and they will respond promptly and thoughtfully to our question or request. It’s great to know they’re in our corner.

- Doug Wade, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Warner Pacific University

A trusted advisor to universities

“We have engaged BerryDunn for the performance of two NIST/GLBA risk assessments over the last two years. Each time the consultants were professional, knowledgeable, and provided great insight with specific knowledge to the higher education industry.”  

- Alicia Porter, Ohio University

Higher education expertise

“The time spent developing a strategic plan with the guidance of BerryDunn has proven to be invaluable to our organization and has provided us with a clear roadmap moving forward for the next several years. The additional work on an IT Assessment and coaching made this a very worthwhile engagement. Working with Joe and his team was a great experience and I hope we have an opportunity to work with them on future initiatives."

- Marc Drescher, CIO, Santa Monica College

A clear roadmap—strategic technology planning for a college