Sustainable Higher-Education Business Models to Be Explored at Academy for Academic Leadership "Economics of Higher Education" Executive Workshop

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Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) "Economics of Higher Education" workshop will help chief academic officers navigate today’s changing economic environment of higher education.

The need to rethink how to deliver a high-quality education in a sustainable manner is a challenge that won’t go away ... insights gleaned from known successful strategies, as well as known failures, can point the direction for change.

The Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) will host the 2018 Economics of Higher Education workshop on January 21-23, 2018 at its Buckhead-area training center in Atlanta. Tailored for chief academic officers, provosts, presidents, and trustees of private colleges and universities, the keynote reception and two-day workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of sustainable new business models to better address the economic realities of higher education.

“According to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s recent report on the Future of Enrollment, more than four in ten private colleges missed their goals for enrollment and tuition in 2016,” explains N. Karl Haden, Ph.D., AAL President. “This program aims to enhance the technical, communication, leadership, and process skills administrators need to navigate successfully today’s ever-changing environment of higher education.” The program curriculum for new and experienced chief academic officers includes:

  • Discussing the impact of instructional costs as an institutional cost driver
  • Identifying institutional challenges and how schools can prepare to face these obstacles
  • Evaluating current business models—what works and what must change
  • Exploring the role of institutional governance in leading change
  • Identifying the role of the chief academic officer in implementing new business models

“A multitude of internal and external financial struggles are rapidly impacting how institutions maintain the quality of their academic programs,” said James F. Galbally, Jr., Ed.D., AAL Senior Consultant. “In this workshop, we will walk through the entire planning process, discussing the proper technical skills of planning, budgeting, and finance. Then, at the conclusion, our distinguished panel of instructors will bring the workshop full circle, as each participant develops action plans for implementing change at their home institutions. We intend for this program to revitalize administrators’ perspectives as they prepare for their upcoming financial planning cycles.”

With decades of higher education administration experience, instructors for the 2018 Economics of Higher Education workshop include:

  • Sharon Herzberger, Ph.D., President at Whittier College, Whittier, California
  • James F. Galbally, Jr., Ed.D., AAL Senior Consultant and President of The Galbally Group, Philadelphia

Drs. Herzberger and Galbally will present a preliminary webinar to executives and state chairs of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. They will make a case for reforming business models and gather perspectives from higher education leaders from across the country.

Then, to kick off the executive workshop, keynote speaker Robert Zemsky, Ph.D. will present “The Market Imperative: What Market Analysis Has Taught Bob Zemsky” at a dinner reception on January 21, 2018. Serving for more than 20 years as Founding Director of the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Zemsky has focused his career on how best to keep universities true to their missions while remaining market smart.

“The need to rethink how to deliver a high-quality education in a sustainable manner is a challenge that won’t go away, even in an improving economic environment," explains Dr. Herzberger. “College affordability should be at the top of the priority list for every academic leader, and insights gleaned from known successful strategies, as well as known failures, can point the direction for change.”

To register or learn more about this unique workshop for chief academic officers, provosts, presidents, and trustees of private colleges and universities, visit http://www.AALgroup.org/Economics. The deadline to register is December 14, 2017.

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About the Academy for Academic Leadership
For more than a decade, AAL has been dedicated to advancing people and institutions through professional development and consulting services. Headquartered in Atlanta, AAL provides customized professional development and consulting services for healthcare executives, educators, practitioners, institutions, and associations. AAL activities include leadership development, coaching, strategic planning, change management, team building, and curriculum development. For more information about AAL’s consulting services or professional development programs, visit http://www.AALgroup.org.

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