Higher Education

Sibson Consulting is the firm of choice for colleges and universities seeking a partner to create dynamic and comprehensive human resources, benefits and organizational development strategies to support their institutional goals and objectives.  

Our firm's dedicated, cross-functional higher education practice brings to your institution broad experience and deep understanding of the dynamics of academic institutions. Our size, decision-making process and consulting philosophy enable us to tailor our approach to suit each institution's needs. 

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Higher Education Services

Colleges and universities operate in a more challenging environment than they did in the past. Increasingly, human resources (HR) departments are viewed as an essential partner in making strategic decisions that support the institution's mission and maximize the value of resources and expenditures.

Sibson consultants have identified the key organizational and HR issues in higher education institutions and developed a comprehensive set of solutions that enables clients to respond to changing circumstances and implement cultural transformation.

Benchmarking Services

Sibson’s experts are continually measuring and analyzing the latest trends in higher education benefits so that we can help our clients determine their options and learn from best practices. Sibson’s exclusive-access College & University Benefits Database enables our clients to compare their offerings against over 600 institutions. 

Wondering if other higher education institutions still offer retiree health plans to new hires? Curious to see if other institutions require a longer waiting period for employees to use tuition reimbursement? Visit our Higher Education Benchmarking Services page to learn more!

Health & Welfare

Quality, value and efficiency in health care delivery is in high demand among institutions, as they strive to maintain attractive health benefit packages while managing their bottom lines.

Sibson offers extensive Health and Welfare Services, including its proprietary Healthy Campus Initiative.


Organizational & Human Capital Strategy

Sibson offers a comprehensive set of human capital consulting, including:

  • Campus-wide and unit-based strategic planning
  • Organizational assessment and improvement
  • Culture assessment and transformation
  • Revenue generation and operational efficiency strategies
  • Organizational design and implementation
  • Performance/talent management




Sibson offers a range of communications services that can help educate employees and keep them informed, motivated and committed.



Our consultants can assist in a wide range of services relating defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid plans.


Compensation & Total Rewards

Higher education institutions are faced with intense competition for faculty, administrative and staff talent, from within as well as from outside academia. Sibson works with clients on:

  • Compensation programs
  • Integrated Total Rewards programs
  • Collective bargaining support
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) consulting