Find an Expert Witness

Forensic, General & Medical
Expert Witnesses

International Educational Consultant and Expert Witness

MJ Dennis Consulting

MJ Dennis Consulting

Naples, Florida 34102

Phone(508) 360-7333


► Contact MJ Dennis Consulting

Expert WitnessLitigation SupportSpeaker
Marguerite J. Dennis has served as a higher education administrator for 30 years, at St. John's University in New York, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Suffolk University in Boston. Over these years Ms. Dennis helped hundreds of families from the Mideast find the best college or university in the United States for their children. She guided the family from the admission stage through the enrollment and graduation phases of college.


MJ Dennis Consulting offers the following:

- Private Client Services
Private Client Services offer to international families private college selection and admission consulting advice from pre-acceptance to post-graduation.

- Government
Consultant provides advice to international private or public colleges and universities and ministries of education on how to administratively staff the admission and student service part of the school.

- Universities
Seminar for colleges and universities on writing and implementing a strategic international plan from pre-acceptance to post-graduation. The seven phases needed to write and implement a university-wide plan is presented in a day-long seminar.

Areas of Expertise


Marguerite Dennis has been recruiting internationally for over 25 years, first at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and then at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. During that time she was responsible for establishing a branch campus for Suffolk University in Dakar, Senegal and Madrid, Spain. Marguerite increased the international student population at Suffolk University by 193% from 1993 to 2011 and increased the number of study abroad programs by 135%, from 20 to 47. She monitored the recruitment programs for Suffolk University in 20 countries and hired a network of 10 international educational consultants. She signed agreements in Viet Nam, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Germany, Mexico, France and Argentina.

Marguerite was responsible for establishing international alumni clubs and was responsible for the international fundraising activities for Suffolk University.

Marguerite has served as a consultant to colleges and universities in Viet Nam, Kuwait and Georgia. She has served as a consultant for international parents and students and developed a Private Client Service, that assists families from pre-admission and acceptance to graduation.

Professional Experience

2001 – 2011
Vice President for Enrollment and International Programs
Suffolk University
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

1996 -2001
Vice President for Development and Enrollment
Suffolk University
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

1989 -1995
Dean of Enrollment and Retention Management
Suffolk University
Boston, MA 02108

1978 -1988
Associate Dean, Student Services
Georgetown University Dental School
Washington, D.C. 20007

1978 -1988
Consultant, Bureau of Health Manpower
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C.

1975 -1978
Director of Financial Aid
Georgetown University School of Dentistry
Washington, D.C.


Dennis, Marguerite J. Mortgaged Futures: How to Graduate from School Without Going Broke, Washington: Hope Press, 1986

Dennis, Marguerite J. A Practical Guide to Enrollment and Retention Management in Higher Education, Connecticut: Bergin and Garvey, 1998

Dennis, Marguerite J. Will the Bologna Process Work? And Will the U.S. Accept it?, International Education Report, January 2005

Dennis, Marguerite J. Ten Trends in Higher Education, Wisconsin: Magna Publication, 2005

Dennis, Marguerite J. Reading the Tea Leaves: The Future of International Education, International Education Report, June 2005, Volume 2, Issue 6

Dennis, Marguerite J. Ten Steps to Writing and Implementing a Strategic International Recruitment Program, lIE Networker Spring 2008 Issue “International Student Recruitment and Marketing”

Dennis, Marguerite J. In Harsh Economy, Better Financial Services Mean Better Retention Rates, Magna Publication, April, 2009, Vol. 23, NO.4.


Executive Women's Training Program, 1994 Center for
Creative Leadership
Greensboro, North Carolina

Certificate of Professional Studies, 1982 Georgetown
Washington, D.C.

Master of Arts - African History, 1970
Bachelor of Arts – History, 1967
St. John's University
New York, New York

Articles Published by MJ Dennis Consulting

Link COVID-19 - The Residuals

The Random House Dictionary of the English Language defines residual as that which remains. This is not an article about the 300 million people worldwide who are not in workplaces or classrooms because of COVID-19. This is not an article about locked down cities, overwhelmed medical facilities, stock market declines, travel plans in tatters or cancelled conferences, sporting events, and concerts. This is an article that will attempt to calculate what the worldwide economic and higher education landscape will look like after the threat of COVID-19 has dissipated; what remains.

Read Article

Link COVID -19 Will Accelerate the Decline in International Student Enrollment in the United States

“Dates of destiny are always on time.” - Anonymous “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read Article

Link Higher Education Opportunities After COVID-19

“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Read Article

Link Characteristics of the College and University and Student of the Future

Most colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide write and implement strategic enrollment plans every year.

Read Article

Link Predictions for Higher Education in 2005 and Realities in Higher Education in 2019

I have often written about the folly of making predictions about the future of higher education in the United States and around the world. However, I recently came across this article and realized that the 25 predictions I made 14 years ago about the future of higher education have for the most part, become reality.

Read Article

Link The Higher Education Bubble in the United States

Author makes the case for why higher education in the United States is not inelastic and why enrollments in the future face significant, and different, challenges from those in the past.

Read Article

Link College Admission Scandal or Business as Usual?

On an almost-spring March day in Massachusetts, Boston U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, held a press conference, the purpose of which was to announce indictments against 50 people, including 33 parents, in a college admission scandal.

Read Article

Link US International Student Mobility Patterns

Nearly one million international students study annually in the United States.

Read Article

Link Trends in International Education

International higher education is a big business, a $400 billion dollar “industry.” Since 2000, the number of overseas students, graduate and undergraduate students and exchange students, has increased by nearly 80%. Higher education is a business wrapped around every corner of the globe.

Read Article

Link International Education Interesting Facts and Trends

Education is the fourth largest source of exports in the U. S. behind: royalties and license fees, business, professional, and technical services and financial services.

Read Article

Link Chinese Higher Education Trends

Chinese student enrollment will continue to increase and dominate international student enrollment in the immediate future. However, as the Chinese government continues to fund higher education and Chinese colleges and universities improve fewer students will leave China to study. It won’t happen tomorrow but is a trend to watch with huge implications for colleges and universities around the world who depend on Chinese enrollment for financial viability.

Read Article

Link New Trends in International Education

In 2010-11 there were 723,277 international students enrolled in the United States. In the prior year the number was 547,867 and in 1980-81 the number was 311,882.

Read Article

Link India Higher Education Trends

According to an article in “The Economist,” India’s growth rate could overtake China’s rate by 2013 due to China’s aging population and the one child policy. There are over 600 million Indians under the age of 25 but less than 12% have access to higher education. Indian demand for higher education far exceeds supply.

Read Article

Link Trends in International Education Selected Countries

Trends in International Education Selected Countries

Read Article

Link Economic Tsunami and the Impact on Higher Education

The world’s economy has entered a major downturn with unemployment and financial strains affecting many countries in Europe, China and the United States. This is not a single year situation, but one that will affect high education for years to come challenging the business model that has dominated higher education for decades.

Read Article

Link China’s Economy and Its Impact on Higher Education

This article will list some of the economic and political factors affecting China’s economy and the potential for ramifications on Chinese higher education and Chinese student mobility.

Read Article

Find an Expert Witness