Portland Community College Selects ISA

Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services. Our work commences in August 2019 and will continue for the next 14 months. We are excited to welcome Portland Community College to the Ian Symmonds client community. More importantly, we are delighted to contribute to writing the next chapter of history to a college system that is creating the next generation of education to serve a city we have called home for 20 years.

PCC will be the single largest educational institution served in the fifteen year history of our firm. As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves nearly 73,000 full-time and part-time students. PCC offers high-quality education and opportunities for our students, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of Portland's economic community. PCC aims to educate a skilled workforce, prepare students to successfully transfer to four-year schools, enrich the community through lifelong learning, build a greener workforce and shrink our carbon footprint, and be a sound financial steward of public dollars.

Crossroads School Selects ISA…Again

Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for research and consulting services. Our work will commence in August and continue throughout the academic year.

We are excited to continue our work with this extraordinary educational leader in Southern California. Crossroads School provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education. Crossroads was founded in 1971 by Paul Cummins, along with a small group of teachers and parents, who wanted to provide a new approach to learning in a nonprofit, coeducational college preparatory day school.

ISA is no stranger to Crossroads. We completed their strategic plan last year and have also conducted market research and strategic enrollment management consulting services over the years. We are delighted to continue our long-term relationship with this fine school.

Industry Change Is Everywhere

Industry change is everywhere. No matter where we look, it is nearly impossible to find an industry that has not seen disruption. Think about it. Transportation is moving towards micro-transportation and ride sharing to solve urban congestion. Housing is moving toward smaller, more affordable housing to solve soaring homelessness and housing costs, as well as a generational thirst for accumulating less stuff. Retail has moved online for ease of access, wider choices, less inventory, and thus a more scalable model. New models of delivering core products and services to changing customer needs are the norm. One can only surmise that the same thinking and change will proliferate education. It’s only a matter of time.

Academy Of the Sacred Heart Selects ISA…Again


Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for research and consulting services. A long time client of ISA, we completed the strategic plan for the school three years ago, as well as conducted strategic enrollment management work. We are delighted to welcome the school back into our client community.

Academy of the Sacred Heart is an all-girls, independent, Roman Catholic high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1867, it is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, an international organization with more than 150+ school worldwide. Within the Sacred Heart Network family, it is often referred to as "The Rosary." The school's student body ranges from ages 1 to 12th grade. Sacred Heart is a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and athletically, it competes in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

Our work with Academy of the Sacred Heart will commence this month and continue throughout the summer. We look forward to partnering with the school again.

Upcoming Speaking Events and Engagements

May and June will prove to be a busy month for sharing industry news and trends. Ian will be speaking in Los Angeles and Seattle the areas respective enrollment managers on future demography, attributes of the new consumer, and changes in the market landscape. In June, he will join the heads of the Florida Council of Independent Schools and speak on the topic of leadership. The full schedule of speaking for May and June is listed below. For more information on these events, or to book Ian for a speaking engagement, please call Sam at our main office at 503.843.8300. Happy Trails!


Puget Sound Independent Schools - Keynote
May 10, 2019
Seattle, WA

Enrollment Management Association - Admission Leadership Council - Keynote
May 17, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Florida Council of Independent Schools - Heads of School - Keynote
June 12, 2019
Palm Beach, Florida