Carnegie is a Certified Google Partner, which recognizes companies that excel with Google's products. We are also part of their Premier Partner program, a distinction only 240 agencies can claim. Finally, our entire team is certified in both Analytics and AdWords. Further solidifying that Carnegie's business is growing and our customers are happy.
Semcasting is an innovator in B2B and B2C data solutions, and Carnegie is proud to be their exclusive higher education marketing provider. Semcasting provides the cutting-edge technology that fuels Carnegie’s lookalike and IP Targeting services: their one-of-a-kind Smart Zones audience targeting platform, which offers near 100% reach while maintaining the privacy of every individual. Semcasting’s approach to the management of big data automates the creation of highly qualified and verified audiences based on real people who are most likely to transact.
Carnegie partners with Dartlet, an industry leader and pioneer in reputation strategy and research. Dartlet is a team of strategists delivering an original methodology refined for over a decade, based on high-volume, consensus-building workshops and quantitative research. Dartlet’s interactive workshops, proprietary online software, and mass-audience mega workshops mean the entire organization can be involved in the solution. In industries like higher education—where shared governance is critical—Dartlet’s inclusive philosophy is in a league of its own.
NAGAP, The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to the concerns of individuals working in the graduate enrollment management environment. Their mission is to engage and advance graduate enrollment management professionals by promoting excellence and collaboration through education, research, and professional development. Through the Graduate Colleges & Universities Platform, Carnegie connects NAGAP members to students who are the best match for their programs.
The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a global nonprofit membership community committed to high-quality international education. Sharing a common goal of helping international students study wherever their dreams and ambitions may take them, Carnegie has partnered with CIS since 1999 to bring higher education resources to over 1,600 locations in 110 countries. CIS provides services to primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and individuals who desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens.
Higher Ed Pathways
Kurt M. Thiede has worked in higher education administration for over 40 years. His senior management responsibilities have included strategic enrollment planning, student recruitment and admission, financial aid, marketing communications, student life, intercollegiate athletics, and alumni relations.
Viewing enrollment management within the context of the prospect-student-alumni lifecycle, Kurt employs strategies and tactics that establish relational pipelines to build and maintain quality and diverse enrollments at the institutions he has served on staff and as a consultant. He collaborates with an institution’s leadership to create and implement solutions that address needs and interests specific to their situation.
Kurt’s consultancy comprises two specialties: His general enrollment projects range from operation audits to building a marketing communications stream that supports recruitment efforts to identifying ways to fully utilize institutional scholarship funds. With the Community College Pathways program, Kurt assists four-year institutions with establishing sustainable partnerships with community colleges; these educational pathways provide access to high-quality education for motivated students and help meet institutional graduation and enrollment goals.
Kurt graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Interdisciplinary Philosophy from Barrington College (now Gordon College) and received an MEd in Higher Education Administration from the University of Vermont. He attended the Institute of Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, in 1992. He held leadership appointments for 18 years at Muhlenberg College and nine at Bucknell University. He has and continues to serve as an enrollment consultant to a variety of higher education clients.
Kurt and his wife, Laura, reside in and work out of Andover, Massachusetts.
Fire Engine Red
Carnegie partners with Fire Engine RED on Student Search, predictive modeling, creative and digital services, and more—all to help schools broaden their outreach and maximize their return on investment. Fire Engine RED is a results-getting marketing, technology, and data solutions company that’s served the education market since 2001. It has more than 500 clients, including 350 admission offices.
Carnegie partners with Recrue Media to leverage their vast knowledge and experience in display advertising for our clients. With multiple ad exchanges, DSPs, and an extensive list of custom networks that can be applied across multiple industries and demographics—all beneficial for niche education program marketing—Recrue enables media partners to use their unique advertiser relationships to build substantial digital advertising businesses.
Barbara Coward Enrollment Strategies
Barbara has been working with prospective students and MBA programs for nearly 20 years in a number of roles and is an internationally-recognized authority in graduate management recruitment.
After a career in corporate finance for globally-renowned brands such as American Express and Laura Ashley, Barbara transitioned to higher education where she recruited full-time, part-time, and executive MBA students from all over the world for business schools in the U.S. and U.K.
As a result, she offers in-depth knowledge on the search and decision-making process of prospective graduate management students.
This student-focused approach translates to proven digital marketing recruitment strategies that connect with candidates on a deeper level and provide competitive differentiation for enrollment growth.
Her expertise includes search, paid media strategies, content marketing, lead nurturing campaigns, and social media consulting.
Throughout each engagement, Barbara brings a passion in helping graduate programs improve recruiting results, pursue growth opportunities, and strengthen admissions yields.
In addition, she has gained a comprehensive understanding of the business school market and best practices as a result of following and analyzing digital marketing activities (social media and emails) of more than a hundred business schools worldwide. She is quoted as an industry expert in business school media and is a frequent blogger on graduate management digital marketing strategies. She has presented at EMBA Council, GMAC, and EFMD Conferences.
Barbara has a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from the University of Bath School of Management in England.
With a son who is a senior in high school, Barbara is trying hard not to be a “helicopter” parent as he goes through the college search process. She has another son in 8th grade and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and quietly rooting for her hometown Boston sports teams while living in Baltimore.
Evolving SEO is a boutique SEO company located in central Massachusetts and one of Carnegie’s preferred search engine optimization partners. Evolving SEO embodies a holistic approach to search engine optimization, driving real results by listening to the needs of each client.
BarnRaisers is one of Carnegie’s preferred search engine optimization partners. A full-service digital marketing agency, BarnRaisers specializes in strategy, analytics, and data-driven results and builds brands with proven relationship principles and high ROI.
Weymouth Design is an award-winning branding and digital design agency and one of Carnegie’s preferred partners for video design and production. Founded in 1973, Weymouth Design helps leading companies and institutions across all industries. As a full-service agency, they design and develop branding and brand identity programs, photography and video, marketing brochures, and more.
One of Carnegie’s preferred partners for video design and production, Optik Nerve helps academic institutions, corporations, organizations, and creative agencies effect positive change through persuasive communications. Their work changes perception, drives interest, and delivers better numbers by offering the best in class script writing, storytelling, sound, production, and editing.