Higher Education

Assess, Educate & Remediate

Enrollment. Recruitment. Student success. Research.  Data security. Every higher education business process requires IT expertise and agility. True experts are few and far between.

Upgrades.  Migrations.  Integrations.  Governance.  Hybrid learning. Our specialty practices act as a built-in best practice sounding board and special forces team to handle your ever-evolving IT needs.

Student Information System (SIS) ERP

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems

Higher education IT departments must maintain and integrate complex technology portfolios bridging the needs of both student and faculty/staff populations, while supporting recruitment, learning and retention goals.

Columbia Advisory Group helps institutions balance the budgetary constraints, regulatory compliance needs, and the demands of multiple stakeholders in order to keep your institution thriving supporting students, faculty and support services from campus police to financial aid.

Our education-focused team has significant experience assisting large and small institutions with all of their technology needs to achieve stability, efficiency, and innovation across campus. We bring road-tested solutions and frameworks that fit higher ed, while also accessing the insight from multi-industry experts on the cutting edge to support innovation appropriate to your campus’s needs and goals. As IT experts continue to be in high demand and short supply, we offer institutions a cost-effective way to access top expertise to support in-house IT departments in the areas where talent is scarce or gaps exist.

Columbia Advisory Group provides turnkey solutions and services that scale to the needs of colleges and universities, including:

  • Interim and Fractional IT and Cyber Leadership
  • Data Governance
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Student Information System (SIS) Management
  • Cloud Migration and Management
  • ERP (Ellucian Banner)
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Audio/Visual and AVaaS
  • Unified Communications and More

At Columbia Advisory Group, we have a rich history of supporting colleges and universities with all facets of IT, from IT leadership to special project management and software implementation to ongoing governance.

Need to move swiftly? Our contract awards with E&I Cooperative Services, Buyboard, and TIPS purchasing cooperatives allow you to meet the needs of your students, staff, and faculty in a rapidly changing education landscape.


We are proud to have been selected to offer our services and solutions through these respected procurement co-operatives.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) experience includes

More than just a consultant, our virtual and interim leaders become your strategic partners, helping you lower operation costs while building, managing, protecting and securing your information technology and cybersecurity footing. Ask us about Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer and Data Protection Officer services.

Managed Information Technology

CAG provides managed services tailored to your specific needs, we accomplish your business goals even in the most challenging economic or change environments. We advice the latest technologies & service approaches scaled to your specific requirements and budget.


Our cybersecurity team begins by developing your customized security programs, plans, risk registers, and policy standards based on your industry’s security frameworks and regulatory environment.

Audio / Visual

ColumbiaAVS™ provides the right resources to walk you through equipment selection, delivery, installation and configuration. In addition, ColumbiaAVS™ Managed Services proactively maintains, monitors and manages your technology from our CAG 24/7 operations center, providing safeguards against critical downtime.

Advancing Higher Education through Technology

IT leaders in higher education know the importance of how potential and existing students leverage public-facing technology. School leaders understand that recruiting new students and retention improvements are driven by offering more online and digital self-service options through updated systems and modern user interfaces.

Columbia Advisory Group higher education practices includes the following services:

With managed services tailored to each client’s specific needs, we accomplish our clients’ goals even in the most challenging economic or change environments.  We utilize the latest technologies and service approaces scaled to our clients’ specific requirements at a budget level that fits performance targets.

Columbia Advisory Group’s vCIO (Virtual CIO), vCISO (Virtual CISO) and Data Protection Officer services are designed to make experienced IT and Cybersecurity leaders available to colleges and universities to help them assess their IT infrastructure, security posture, and data privacy implementations to develop comprehensive strategies and plans to modernize higher learning technology environments.

With Columbia Advisory Group managing your ERP/SIS, your IT staff can transition away from managing the complexities of uptime, maintenance, and system updates and shift focus to other strategic priorities that advance student outcomes.

ColumbiaAVS designs and delivers customized Audio/Visual solutions. ColumbiaAVS Managed Services proactively maintains, monitors and manages its customers’ technology from the CAG 24/7 operations center, providing safeguards against critical downtime.

ColumbiaAVS has assembled a strong team of Certified Designers, Project Managers, Programmers and Implementation Engineers to design and deliver customized Audio/Visual solutions. ColumbiaAVS provides the right resources to walk customers through equipment preparation, delivery, installation and configuration.

Our data security team develops customized security programs plans and risk registers as well as policy standards, and procedures based on appropriate security frameworks and the regulatory environment for your institution.  

Our Security Operations Center works with your team as an overlay or independently to rapidly detect, analyze, investigate and actively deliver threat mitigation and containment. At CAG we can provide a turnkey experience, using your existing or predefined technology stack to collect relevant logs, data and contextual information while providing 24×7 monitoring of your networks, endpoints, and cloud environments to detect, respond, and recover from modern cyber attacks.. 

ERP and CRM systems are the the backbone of how universities and colleges manage, organize, and deliver services to students from recruitment and registration to housing to financial aid. Our integrated approach to managing ERP (SIS) and CRM streamlines process and eliminates waste.

Columbia Advisory Group provides an end-to-end approach to IT and cybersecurity for colleges and universities. We work in concert with your school to ensure your technology stack in the classroom and on the campus maximizes student success while meeting all compliance and regulations at reduced operational costs and improved services.

Migrating Student Information Services to the Cloud

Columbia Advisory Group’s team of higher education experts brings years of leadership and understanding to modernizing leading Student Information Systems.  Our team has unparalleled expertise and understands the challenges that higher education leadership faces.  We provide you seasoned IT leadership that couples higher education leadership with private industry best practices to bring modern technology experiences to your students, faculty and staff. 

Columbia Advisory group delivers unified security & compliance reporting that allows your business to track its readiness against any security or risk-based standard in real time whether cloud or on-premise.

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