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Join your colleagues and industry experts at the WPI 2023 HBCU Forum. The Forum is designed for staff, leaders, trustees, and consultants of HBCUs and small to mid-size colleges. Conducted by the Wesley Peachtree Institute in an engaging, interactive virtual format, the Forum features 20+ sessions delivered by thought leaders and intellectual champions who will address critical issues impacting today’s higher education institutions.
This is your opportunity to learn and implement strategies that keep your institution top of mind for exceptional students, talented faculty, successful alumni, corporate partners, and political leaders.
Built for the Future
20+ Exciting Sessions and Interactive Networking Opportunities
Choose from three distinct conference tracks and more than 20 exciting sessions and networking opportunities to customize your experience! Conference tracks include:
Our mission is to perform research, study, and analysis that yields actionable information which we can share with institutions of higher education to help them achieve their missions. Read more about our goals here.
While we seek to benefit the sector as a whole, our primary focus is on minority-serving institutions. To that end, we offer practical training and consulting for executives, administrators, managers, and staff.
Integrity transparency, accuracy, completeness, and use of sound methodologies are the guiding principles for our research, studies, and investigations.
Our use of seasoned experts and professionals committed to imparting practical work applications provides a sound foundation for our training sessions and materials.
The higher education landscape is covered with meetings and conventions about facilities, academics, gender equity, racism, tenure, student disciplinary problems, student retention, athletics, many other topics. Typically, in any given year, a wealth of information is presented at conventions, forums, symposiums, and meetings. Attendees can keep abreast on whatever is topical for the group convened. Conversations often continue in the hallways, lounges, and bars. Participants dissect, weigh, judge, and deconstruct the substance of the presentations. Whatever the particular case, these gatherings generally provide valuable information and insights. Yet, it would be difficult for any one individual to attend all the conventions. What's needed is a clearinghouse of sorts to make information available so that the benefits are attainable.
The WPI plan includes measures designed to facilitate dialogues on successful tactics; on the implications of new events; and on where further research is needed. WPI will offer coordinated meets to address the needs of nonprofit minority-serving institutions to help develop and quantify unique problems and challenges to assist in their missions of educating disadvantaged youth. More importantly, WPI will conduct and make available its own research to help minority-serving institutions: solidify their fiscal foundations, enhance leadership and administrative practices, and ultimately improve student outcomes.
There are few issues in higher education more critical and political than retention and ultimately graduation rates. There is a considerable body of literature that discusses and describes the problem, and even some research that points to variables that might be associated with it. There are countless untested or at best, unproven strategies as to what needs to be done. Each institution has a commitment to improving its results, but is constrained by mission and resources.
To address this issue, WPI's goals includes the establishment of a central library of materials relevant for and accessible by HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions. WPI will also create a detailed national database of information to help institutions combat low retention and completion rates. The database will include information on exit points correlated to those exiting at each point.
WPI's goals also include strengthening institutional research capabilities at minority-serving institutions. Specifically, WPI will sponsor research on data-driven, actionable propositions to improve retention. Field testing of data-driven research-based models will be published, shared, and used in consultations.
Our focus is on assisting minority-serving institutions in implementing the U.S. Department of Education mandates for higher education while positioning themselves achieve sustainable excellence by increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.
The Wesley Peachtree Institute. Our name may sound familiar. Yes, we are affiliated with the Wesley Peachtree Group, CPAs (WPG), a firm long known for providing financial, accounting, staffing, and consulting to institutions of higher education. For decades, WPG has specialized in addressing the needs of minority-serving institutions. The newly formed Wesley Peachtree Institute (WPI) is further evidence of WPG's dedication and support of MSIs. WPI is the vision of Don K. Murphy, CEO and managing associate of WPG.
The Wesley Peachtree Institute is a non profit corporation organized to provide information, research, training, and consultation for administrators and staff of minority-serving institutions. Our vision is to provide research data that will help strengthen minority-serving institutions. Our efforts will initially be focused on improving retention and graduation rates, ensuring administrators are financially literate and have a firm grasp of current economic practices, improving financial management skills, enhancing leadership capabilities, and refining administrative and customer service practices. A key component of these services is information sharing. We hope to ignite and inspire dialogue that strengthens the entire sector. Be sure to attend our annual WPG HBCU Forum where we share strategies for success.
As higher education specialists, we have in-depth experience with accreditation. The full range of audit services that we provide reflects the essential expertise critical to the accreditation process.
Our audit products not only comply with generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP) and mandatory reporting practices, but also are constructed to readily provide documentation of that compliance. Such documentation is essential to navigating the accreditation processes successfully.
We provide consulting services that help institutions craft work flows, implement standardized procedures, and cultivate a culture of compliance with evidence. These services ensure timely financial audits and federal compliance audits. Specific services include:
We provide consulting services that facilitate focused, concise responses for monitoring reports. Our services are particularly geared to address time-sensitive needs.
Specific services include:
The importance of a strong economic foundation can not be overstated. While their missions are not rooted in profit, a college or university that does not keep adequate reserves jeopardizes its very existence.
In higher education, senior leaders and administrators seldom arrive at their positions with a good and actionable understanding of college finances. With the exception of chief financial officers, individuals come to their roles with strengths in other areas and often have little experience with financial matters.
WPI will offer broad support to improve financial literacy at nonprofit organizations. WPI will offer workshops specifically designed to assit nonprofit colleges and universities by providing training and professional and development opportunities for administrators, directors, and staff.
Whether it is a player eligibility mix-up, employee misconduct, late audit submission, or maintaining insufficient cash reserves, noncompliance with the myriad of rules and regulations can be costly.
Acts of Congress and federal rule-making constantly add to regulations regarding how colleges and universities can spend, account for, and report on their financial resources. Rating agencies, accrediting agencies, and the NCAA regularly create new ratios, presentations, and reporting formats. The administrative burden can be overwhelming. With so many demands, CFOs and their staffs must retool and run fast just to stay in place.
WPI will offer financial management workshops and educational programs designed to ensure institutions have the requisite knowledge to keep up with non-academic administrative demands. Our programs will help onboard new CFOs, provide consultation regarding federal requirements, NCAA regulations, and accreditation compliance.