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About Rickes Associates

Rickes Associates is a solution-oriented, higher education planning firm dedicated to providing colleges and universities with analysis and planning for issues affecting people, programs, and space.

Our work is grounded in a thorough understanding of the dynamic forces that are shaping the future of higher education, including evolving student demographics and associated space needs. We understand the subtleties of educational and organizational environments.

Rickes Associates has worked with over 190 institutions on more than 350 projects, in 24 states and internationally. Our client base is comprised of public and private higher education institutions in all sectors, including research universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, faith-based institutions, HBCU’s, women’s colleges, and system offices. Services provided by Rickes Associates include:

Rickes Associates places emphasis on process and stakeholder involvement to achieve a consensus. Our methodology incorporates both quantitative and qualitative approaches. We use focus groups and one-on-one interviews to test

assumptions and findings. Feedback loops are established at each critical juncture of this process to clarify issues and resolve discrepancies, ensuring the process flows smoothly. We seek to energize and facilitate the planning process by linking strategic institutional objectives with physical space requirements.

Rickes Associates helps colleges and universities take the guesswork out of making important decisions at critical junctions for their institutions. Given our array of clients, we have intimate knowledge of the factors and variables effecting higher education, now and in the future.

Decades of experience with a focus on the issues faced by institutions of higher education have resulted in an extensive knowledge base. Firm practitioners are seasoned veterans who can provide detailed analysis of the clients’ specific situation, supported by solution-oriented, integrated planning strategies. These strategies provide options for maximizing use of an institution’s resources. For institutions grappling with people, programs, and space issues, Rickes Associates provides insightful planning solutions.

Rickes Associates is a certified woman-owned business enterprise in Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia.  We are also certified with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.