RuffaloCODY announces the acquisition of Austen Group

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

RuffaloCODY, the leading provider of strategic enrollment management services, announced today that it has acquired The Austen Group, a privately-owned, benchmarking and research services company headquartered in Eagle, Colorado.  Combined expertise from these two data-driven and service oriented organizations will provide clients unprecedented access to a fully comprehensive suite of enrollment strategies and services unequalled in the industry.

Founded in 1998, the Austen Group serves private colleges and universities, providing quality institutional research and analysis in the areas of curriculum and cost, inquiry to enroll, and retention.  Additionally, the organization offers the Austen Sports Index – a data-driven approach to maximizing the value of an institution’s sports program.

“We’ve partnered with the Austen Group for several years and trust their expertise and analytical approach to enrollment challenges,” stated RuffaloCODY Enrollment Management Division President John Baird.  “Joining our two organizations makes sense and will provide an even stronger resource for our clients. Together, we offer unparalleled access to the industry’s best enrollment management services.”

With the addition of Austen Group, RuffaloCODY now offers clients a fully comprehensive and sophisticated suite of enrollment management services that includes unmatched benchmarking, research, and analysis – allowing client institutions to keep their finger on the pulse of the higher education market.  RuffaloCODY enrollment management services include full service search, inquiry targeting and management, application generation and completion, strategic financial aid analysis and consulting, retention modeling, and a full complement of services and tools for effectively communicating with prospective students.  

“This feels like a natural progression for us.  RuffaloCODY has been an important partner of the Austen Group for years,” stated Mike Williams, President of Austen Group.  “We look forward to serving our current clients, both individual institutions and associations, even more effectively and also look forward to expanding our capacity to provide the research and analytical tools that are our specialty.”

“It has been easy to work with the Austen Group team because they share the same values we do - the commitment towards client services, innovation, hard-work, and results,” added Lesley Vossenkemper, Vice President of Operations, Enrollment Management.  “The staff at Austen Group have been viewed as "our team" for years. We are excited to officially welcome them aboard!”

Austen Group will be known as a RuffaloCODY company, continuing to support current client organizations. The two firms will continue to focus on client-driven initiatives that will enhance enrollment management service offerings.