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Emerging Business Models for Small Institutions: The Shifting Landscape in Higher Ed

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 1:00 PM ET


Business officers increasingly wonder about the viability of the “business model” that has served higher education so well in the past. This presentation, including a panel of innovators, will describe alternatives to the current business model, some that are succeeding and all of which are evolving as methods to lower costs, improve access, and produce measurable outcomes.
Key topics that we will explore include:
  • How has price resistance impacted the overall business model?
  • Has the use of technology (online, hybrid) impacted the way colleges and universities deliver instruction and the cost of that instruction?
  • What opportunities exist beyond traditional degrees such as shorter certificates of competency or other new modes of credentialing?
  • Shift in traditional attitudes towards institutions “going it alone,” resulting in partnerships, shared programs, and/or mergers.
  • What techniques have been employed to lower the cost of administration?
  • What new markets are being explored for students outside of traditional target markets?
  • How have these overall trends been impacted by shared governance?
Did You Know?
NACUBO has created a new webcast bundle designed specifically for members at small institutions. This session along with two others plus a discount on a fourth session can save you more than $150! View live sessions, hear from experts, and earn credits, all without paying full price. Learn more.


After participating in this program you will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges small institutions are facing in the current economic and demographic environment and how they may differ from those facing larger institutions
  • Identify specific ideas and innovations being implemented at small institutions
  • Recommend strategies to help your small institution navigate these challenges


  • Beth Reissenweber, chief financial officer, vice president for finance and administration, Augsburg University
  • Stephen Schafer, vice president for finance & operations, Sarah Lawrence College 
  • Larry Ladd, director, National Higher Education Practice, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Ankur Ponda (moderator), director, member engagement, NACUBO


  • Trustees
  • Presidents
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Academic Officers
  • Budget Directors
  • Controllers

Course Information

  • Course Level: Intermediate
  • Course Type:  Group internet based training
  • CPE Field of Study: Economics
  • Length: 75 minutes
  • Prerequisites: none
  • CPE Credits: 1.5 (each person must register individually to earn CPEs)


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