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Helix Education maximizes higher education enrollment growth by powering data-driven services and technologies across the student lifecycle. Our three solutions — Outsourced Program Management, Enrollment Marketing, and Retention Services — have successfully helped institutions find, enroll, retain, teach, and graduate post-traditional learners for more than 30 years.

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Higher education is experiencing a seismic shift. And the winners haven’t been decided yet. While increased competition, complexity and financial pressures have left many institutions fighting to survive, Helix Education is helping colleges and universities across the nation thrive— maximizing enrollment growth through data-driven services and technologies across the post-traditional student lifecycle.

Post-traditional students now make up almost 85% of all undergraduate students and antiquated enrollment growth models won’t help attract and retain these savvy learners. Winning in this new era of data-driven higher education means embracing real-time marketing mix allocation, rapid-fire enrollment operations, and predictive and proactive retention strategies.

Our three solutions — Outsourced Program Management, Enrollment Marketing, and Retention Services — have successfully helped institutions find, enroll, retain, teach, and graduate post-traditional learners for more than 30 years. All through flexible performance-based financial models. All to successfully graduate more students than what’s ever been possible.

Our Values

As we usher in a new way of thinking and partnering with higher education institutions, we do so with three key values at the center of all we do:

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    We are Bold

    We’re courageous, confident and unafraid of the challenges before us

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    We are Driven

    We realize our vision through a passionate commitment to action

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    We are Authentic

    We are grounded in integrity, transparency and accountability

Our Leadership

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    Matthew Schnittman

    President & CEO

    Matthew has an extensive background in education technology where he has worked with some of the most forward-thinking college and university leaders to develop and implement game changing solutions, including large online learning programs and student data management systems.

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    T.J. Crowson

    General Counsel

    T.J. has served as corporate general counsel since 1997, with nearly a decade spent in the education technology space. Prior to joining Helix Education, T.J. was serving as Associate General Counsel for Pearson’s global higher education business.

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    Cherron Hoppes

    Chief Academic Officer and Vice President

    Cherron is a veteran higher education professional with expertise in academic administration, including learning outcomes assessment and curriculum design. She is also well versed in enrollment management, adult education, and technology to support student services.

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    Kari Kovar

    Chief Operating Officer

    Leading the Partnerships Division at Helix Education, Kari brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education. In her role, she evaluates new partnerships, ensuring that the company and its clients are aligned for success. Particularly, she sees that resources are properly allocated to maximize the potential of each partnership and that Helix is delivering world-class strategies and results that foster great client relationships.

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    Eric W. Muhlheim

    Chief Financial Officer

    Eric has been at the vanguard of strategically developing brands in education, television, theatrical motion pictures, and consumer products for more than a decade. To his role as CFO of Helix Education, he brings an analytical approach supported by a long track record of both strategic and operational expertise.

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    Steven L. Pappageorge

    Chief Product Officer & Senior Vice President

    As Chief Product Officer, Steve brings a wealth of general management and technology leadership from several industries—higher education, global food service, technology, and consulting—to his role at Helix Education.

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    Chris Edwards

    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

    Chris Edwards is passionate about finding the most innovative and holistic solutions for data-driven enrollment growth across the entire student life cycle. Since 2014, Chris has worked in support of Helix’s new partners and their efforts to grow post-traditional programs and accelerate broader campus objectives.

    With more than 15 years building partnerships across the Enrollment and Retention lifecycle, and his own journey as a first-generation student doubled-down into an online MBA program as a working adult — Chris brings a depth of problem-solving and partnership to prospective partner engagements. And a love of both the appetizer and dessert course at your area’s finest four-star, two dollar-sign, Yelp-reviewed eating establishments.

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