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

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…

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