Transformational Operating Partner

The systemic challenges facing higher education disproportionately impact nonprofit institutions. Can you imagine a future when colleges and universities have a transformative business model and the resources to reinvest in themselves? We can. Each day we work with institutions like yours to pave a way toward that vision. As a public benefit corporation, it’s not just in our mission to transform nonprofit universities, it’s in our DNA. Core has built a talented staff with significant organizational depth that would be out of reach for nonprofit institutions.




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Affiliate Comments

Miles Davis President of Linfield University and Chairman of the Board for The Alliance

“The operating partnership with Core is an important strategic initiative,” said President of Linfield University and Chairman of the Board for The Alliance Miles Davis. “The operating agreement with Core creates a shared service platform that encourages inter-institutional collaboration that will improve the collective strength of our 12 institutions.”

Brent Wilder President of The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities

“The combined budgets of The Alliance member institutions are more than $1 billion,” said President of The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities Brent Wilder. “We need to find the right platform to empower our institutions to work independently yet take advantage of the economies of scale for shared services. Our operating agreement with Core provides us with the best of both worlds.”

Antoinette Hays PhD, RN, President, Regis College

“As a public benefit corporation, Core uses a cost recovery approach that enables Regis to reach higher margins for our growth initiatives. As a Catholic institution guided by a mission that inspires us to provide access to a rigorous education through innovative learning opportunities and collaborative engagement at all degree levels, this new partnership will enable Regis to expand our vast offerings for students. These additional academic offerings will make meaningful contributions to workforce development throughout New England and beyond by supporting companies seeking talent and also help employees develop new skills that are in demand throughout the marketplace.”

Larry Czarda President of Greensboro College

“Without the Core Affiliate Network, we could not afford the resources and expertise that are driving our transformation. We are stabilizing and modernizing our technology platform. We are strengthening our institutional research. And we are launching a major workforce development initiative that will pay big dividends for our region. As a small but growing United Methodist institution with a rich history, Core is making it possible to evolve our business model in ways that match our unique vision for the future.”

David Wright President Emeritus of Indiana Wesleyan University

“There are big opportunities for institutions that leverage Core as a supporting organization. In my work with faith-based institutions, I often see the need for knowledgeable external support that appreciates how important it is for a school to maintain its independence and identity. That combination is rare – and it sets Core apart.”

Gordon Bietz Director Higher Education, North American Division, Seventh-day Adventist Church

“Core enabled a group of our institutions to launch a workforce development initiative that would have been very expensive if each tried to do it on their own.”

We are adventurous.

We dream big and break new ground. We are curious and ask questions that drive toward bold aspirations. We learn from our shortcomings and adapt.

We embrace accountability
and own it!

We are outcomes-focused and metrics-driven. We proactively seek feedback to ensure our progress is in line with our priorities. We deliver impactful results with speed and agility.

We honor the dignity of everyone we meet

We communicate with respect and honesty. We operate with kindness, transparency and humility. We build trust by following through with our commitments.

We are committed to increasing access.

We pursue diversity, immersive collaboration, and varied perspectives. We reject arbitrary exclusion and unnecessary silos. We build inclusion and belonging through fairness and intentional acts of connection.

We share prosperity.

​We empower and invest in our people. We inspire hope in a transformed future for our partners. We win together.