Capital E-Xchange Conference, October 14-15, 2013 in Washington, DC

BMO Back to School Conference, September 12, 2013 in New York, NY

Education Industry Association EdVentures Conference, July 25-27, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, TX

ASU/GSV Conference, April 15-17, 2013 at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ

YPO/WPO Higher Education Group, April 14, 2013 at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ

Boston Higher Education Innovation Council, March 28, 2013 in Boston, MA


On November 28, 2012, The Boston Higher Education Innovation Council (BHEIC) held an evening forum event, ONLINE LEARNING: WHERE WE ARE. WHERE WE ARE GOING. WHERE WE COULD GO, which brought together Boston-area higher education leaders and practitioners interested in understanding the current direction of the higher education sector and how best to succeed within the changing landscape.

Approximately 30 New England-area university presidents and senior leaders attended the event, which was hosted by the Boston Higher Education Innovation Council and The Parthenon Group, a global strategic advisory firm with a dedicated Education Practice.

The roundtable and moderated discussion were focused on discussing how online learning can:

1. Improve the student experience

2. Expand access

3. Enhance societal impact

4. Drive institutional sustainability

The discussion was moderated to include the vantage points of university leadership, service providers to the higher education sector, and experts in the field.

The meeting culminated in a reception and brief presentation by The Parthenon Group’s Chief Economist, Dr. Roger Brinner, who shared his perspective on the Presidential election’s likely impact on the economy, education funding, and education policy.

Brinner predicated that weak enrollment will cripple higher education revenue at the same time that government budget crises may slash support, and that online learning strategies offer a critical solution for institutions. You can read the full press release on the presentation from Parthenon. Below are some of the highlights:

“Institutions must respond, therefore, by improving their value propositions to potential students by better outcomes, such as job prospects and training, and reduced costs of attendance. Parthenon research has found that while 55% of potential students 40 and younger believe college education is critical to getting a good job, 70% are hesitant to put themselves into debt to pursue higher education.

Online higher education fills several key roles: it expands student access and course-time flexibility; it reduces system and student costs due to reduced need for infrastructure plus increased institutional capacity; and enhances the student experience by allowing for self-paced learning.”

 The event was widely covered by numerous higher education publications and The Economist.

 Participants included:

Babson College

Bentley University

Berklee College of Music

Boston University

Brandeis University

Cengage Learning


Education Industry Group

Endicott College


Excelsior College

Granite State College

Harvard University

Lesley University

Merrimack College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mount Ida College

New England College of Business and Finance

Northeastern University

Olin College

The Parthenon Group


Southern New Hampshire University

Sterling Capital

Suffolk University

Tufts University

University of Massachusetts

University College, University of

Massachusetts Boston

Wheelock College



MICHAEL SANDLER, Education Industry Group (Chairman)

KRIS CLERKIN, Southern New Hampshire University

SEAN GALLAGHER, Northeastern University


PHIL KNUTEL, Bentley University

ROBERT LYTLE, The Parthenon Group

PETER STOKES, Northeastern University

Education Innovation Summit at Arizona State University in Scottsdale, AZ
Harvard Kennedy School Study Group: The Politics of Education in Boston, MA
Education Industry Days in Washington, DC
iNACOL Virtual School Symposium in Indianapolis, IN

Harvard Kennedy School Speed Networking event for Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government Senior Fellows

The EdNET Conference in Denver, CO

EdVentures Conference in San Francisco, CA

Education Entrepreneurial Summit at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Greater Boston Education Industry Council Symposium at Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Social Enterprise Initiative Update at Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA

American Enterprise Institution for Public Policy Research Conference in Washington, DC

Social Enterprise Education Network Webcast sponsored by Young Presidents Organization/World President's Organization

The Future of Education: Incentives, Impact, and Accountability at the World Economic Forum in Marrakech, Morocco

Education Industry Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

Reflect and Renew: Retooling for the New Education Marketplace EdNET Conference in Boston, MA

The BMO Capital Markets Annual Conference in New York, NY

EdVentures Conference in Chicago, IL

Penn Education Entrepreneurs Summit at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA

Business of Education Symposium at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA


February 22, 2013 - Johns Hopkins School of Education Dean, David Andrews, received the Education Industry Association's 2013 Friend of the Education Industry Award.  The EIA Friend of the Education Industry Award is the Association’s highest and most prestigious honor since its inception in 2005.  It is presented annually to an individual who, fosters and demonstrates vision, entrepreneurship, a dedication to quality, and the spirit of public-private partnership in advancing education reform.  Previous recipients are profiled here.

January 1, 2013 - Private Ventures for the Public Good: A Campaign to Change Conversation, Opinions and Opportunities
In conjunction with the Education Industry Association’s (EIA) Education Industry Foundation (EIF), Michael R. Sandler, Chairman & CEO of the Education Industry Group and President of EIF, is pleased to announce the formation of Private Ventures for the Public Good: A Campaign to Change Conversation, Opinions and Opportunities.

Over the past decade, we have witnessed the growth of high-quality and diverse service providers that partner with our Nation's schools to deliver real value to improved teaching and learning. Many of these organizations are commercial vendors. But despite this record of effectiveness, there are uneven policy/procurement systems across the states and districts that don't incorporate best practices. This can lead to a lack of diversity in the selection of service providers that can partner with public education.

EIA and the EIF are carrying out this long-term comprehensive advocacy, research, professional development and communications campaign that aims to create a fairer and more open market in which the private sector may compete on equal footing with public school districts and non-profit organizations to provide solutions to teaching and learning in PreK-12 education.

If the campaign is successful, no longer will the "for-profit" moniker routinely precede descriptions of education companies, and consumers of publicly funded education will have real options in selecting from among diverse providers of high-quality services and products.

In addition, the campaign will provide the framework for individual education entrepreneurs and corporate executives, together with public school leaders and academics, to work together to promote effective models for transforming teaching and learning.

There are four overarching strategies or "pillars" of the Private Ventures for the Public Good Campaign:

Research & Knowledge – Developing a quantitative and qualitative foundation of information, data and statistics about the PreK-12 education industry.

Communications – Establishing and carrying out a strategy to assertively communicate the facts and positions established via the research outlined above, as well as to spotlight and promote the contributions of select EIA members.

Professional Development – In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, we will develop and deliver course content utilizing best practices from traditional education preparation programs combined with entrepreneurial and business strategies from private providers to train/educate future leaders across all sectors of education.

Advocacy – Actively reaching out and communicating the PreK-12 education industry’s position and public policy “wish list” to legislative, education and political leaders at the local, state and federal levels.

The Education Industry Foundation (EIF), an independent 501 (c) (3) organization, was established in 2002 to support for the role of private enterprise in PreK-12 education. In doing so, the EIF promotes industry research, knowledge dissemination and professional development/education initiatives. The EIF raises seed capital from individuals and restricted grants and serves as a catalyst for supporting the Education Industry Association's Private Ventures for the Public Good Campaign.

For more information about EIA or EIF, please visit or contact Mr. Steve Pines, Executive Director, by phone at 800-252-3280 or at Michael Sandler can be contacted at

June 12, 2012 - Michael R. Sandler joins The Parthenon Group's Education Division as Senior Advisor.  The Parthenon Group has advised the education sector for more than 20 years, with a dedicated team of professionals focused on needs specific to K-12 and post-secondary institutions in public, private and
service sectors; it has completed more than 500 education sector projects in more than 50 countries

March 21, 2012 - Michael R. Sandler is appointed as a Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University - School of Education.  The Visiting Fellows program is designed to provide a forum where leading researchers and practitioners can exchange ideas, debate, study, and evaluate new approaches to reforming educational practice in the United States. The program seeks progressive thinkers from both the public and private sectors with an interest in changing American education by examining the most relevant issues in K-12 reform.
February 24, 2012 - Founder of Avenues: The World School and Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning), Chris Whittle receives the 2012 Friend of the Education Industry Award. This award is the Education Industry Association's highest and most prestigious honor, and is presented annually to an individual who fosters and demonstrates vision, entrepreneurship, a dedication to quality, and the spirit of public-private partnerships in advancing education reform. Previous awardees include Jeanne Allen, Founder and President of the Center for Education Reform, Toru Kumon, Founder of Kumon Math and Reading Centers, and Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education.

October 12, 2011 - Michael R. Sandler is consulted on education industry market sizing for SmartMoney Magazine's article, "Behind America's Tutor Boom."

May 11, 2011 - Eduventures, Inc., the industry leader in research and consulting for the higher education market, announced that the Company has formed a Global Board of Advisors (GBA) to further develop opportunities to serve leaders at colleges and universities in the U.S. and worldwide. This launch complements the Company's new partnership with i-graduate, a U.K.-based education benchmarking and consultancy service.

May 6, 2011 - The Boston Business Journal profiles the Greater Boston Education Industry Council, a group founded by Michael R. Sandler. The for-profit education trade group reconvenes after a hiatus of nearly a decade, signaling a resurgence of the for-profit education company industry.

March 18, 2011 - Center for Education Reform Founder and President Jeanne Allen receives the Friend of the Education Industry Award, an accolade that is presented to an individual who fosters and demonstrates vision, entrepreneurship, a dedication to quality, and the spirit of public-private partnerships in advancing education reform.

July 23, 2010 - The Education Industry Association presents Michael R. Sandler the James P. Boyle Entrepreneurship Leadership Award at the EDVentures 2010 conference. The award is reserved for individuals whose achievements in the education industry serve as a guidepost for others starting and building entrepreneurial education endeavors.

July 1, 2010 - The Penn Gazette profiles Michael R. Sandler's 50-year career, evenly divided between the fields of business and education.

October 1, 2004 - Michael R. Sandler initiates the Sandler Senior Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business and Government. The Sandler Fellowship is focused on contributing insights on the ways in which business can improve education.