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Innovative Ways to Fund and Launch Online Degree Programs

Institutions are exploring alternatives to standard online program management systems.

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Higher education in the United States is facing a challenging financial landscape. It is under pressure to expand opportunities, limit rising prices, and improve student learning and employability outcomesall while containing or reducing operating costs.

Both small and large institutions have relied on online program management providers to quickly expand online course offerings through bundled revenue share arrangements. Over time the price tag and lengthy arrangements with online program management providers have left many universities in search of alternative methods to fund and build courses that align with their unique brand.
Learn how both Schreiner University and the University of Pittsburgh worked with iDesign to develop a customized, unbundled, fee-for-service program for their respective programs. This webcast will address how institutions, like Schreiner and the University of Pittsburgh, are exploring alternatives to the standard online program management systems.

Meet the Presenters

  • Charlie McCormick, president, Schreiner University
  • Rabikar Chatterjee, associate dean, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • William Valenta, assistant dean of MBA and executive programs, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • Paxton Riter, chief executive officer, iDesign
  • Maryann Terrana, director, member engagement, NACUBO

Organizational Effectiveness Webcast

What You Will Learn

NACUBO’s professional development programs are designed to deliver the skills, concepts, and best practices for success to individuals in the business of higher education. After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe key differences between the incumbent bundled revenue share model and the unbundled fee-for-service approaches to online program management.
  • Better understand the financial commitments and return on investment associated with fee-for-service program development.

  • Recognize the rationale and pain points faced by leaders of regional and national universities.

  • Describe how the underlying incentive structure and execution strategy allows universities to take a faculty-centric approach to developing online and blended programs.

Who Should Attend

  • Academic Deans

  • Chief Business Officers

  • Chief Finance Officers

  • Directors of Online Education

  • Presidents
  • Provosts/Chief Academic Officers

  • Vice Presidents of Enrollment

CPE Information

There are no CPEs offered for this event.

NACUBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website

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