Sova is uniquely skilled in working side-by-side with higher education leaders to develop student success strategies, build will for change, engage critical stakeholders in collective problem-solving, and support the implementation and scale of key initiatives.
Sova helps in the following ways:
Adaptive Change Leadership
We equip higher education leaders and the institutions they serve with the skills and strategies they need to build healthy, inclusive cultures for student-success innovation. We provide grounded insight to institutional climate along with neutral facilitation to help leaders navigate complex challenges. Through a post-hero approach to leadership training and development we build the capacity of leaders at every level to cultivate high-functioning and responsive teams capable of working across professional silos to better meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse student populations.
Strategy and Program Design
We partner with philanthropies and leaders in higher education to design strategies and improve programs to better meet the evolving needs of higher education organizations and the students they serve. Through careful listening, thoughtful facilitation, and shoulder-to-shoulder support, we guide leaders and their teams through the complexities of strategy and program development, resulting in responsive, innovative, and sustainable programs designed to support and accelerate large-scale change efforts.
Strategic Communications and Will-Building
We empower higher education leaders and the institutions they serve to build genuine and durable will for large-scale, student focused change. By providing equity-minded stakeholder analysis and issue framing, and by helping leaders at every level better understand how to build and maintain communication and engagement practices that undergird healthy, inclusive institutional cultures, we help institutions generate, sustain, and expand momentum around key reform efforts.
We support leaders and teams of higher education advocacy and membership organizations in the successful implementation of new or revitalized programs and services. Drawing on decades of experience in implementation science, process improvement, and project management, we help build capacity to honestly assess resource realities, create realistic action plans for success, and effectively monitor progress towards goals. When appropriate, we also provide ongoing consultation and hands-on support to implementation efforts.
We support higher education leaders and the organizations they serve in comprehensive efforts to achieve significantly better and more equitable outcomes for today’s students. We help our clients re-imagine equitable practices, policies, and structures that facilitate justice for those communities who have been historically marginalized.