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Re-Envisioning Higher Education Economic Models

April 4, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

A University Executive Lunch Briefing
Monday, April 4, 2016

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
RSM Offices
80 City Square, Boston, MA 02129

The business and economic models of numerous industries and organizations are undergoing tremendous change and reinvention. From Amazon to Uber, new models are transforming industry landscapes.

But what do such forces and changes mean for higher education?

Colleges and universities-long viewed as largely insulated from drastic change or industry shifts-increasingly face a world of fast-moving, technology-fueled forces that are altering the value propositions and value-creation chain of higher education.

Whereas institutions used to “do it all,” new entrants and service providers that offer reconfigured credentials, outsourcing options for academic and administrative functions and revenue-generating partnerships are changing the way higher education’s business gets done.

What does the future hold? What implications do these changes portend for the fundamental economic models upon which many higher education institutions are premised? What new revenue-generating opportunities do these dynamic institutions present? And given the changes underway, what will competitive, sustainable college and university economic models of the future look like?

Jointly hosted by RSM and The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), this executive lunch briefing for senior higher education executives and board leaders will focus on helping colleges and universities develop greater understanding of their respective business/economic models and of possible changes, alternatives and strategic responses.

Specific topics will include:

  • Better understanding and interpreting institutions’ economic models and how they are changing;
  • Frameworks for thinking about economic models and future states, informed by data and case studies;
  • How senior leaders make strategic and well-informed decisions-engaging trustees, faculty, staff and other stakeholders in examining appropriate strategies and solutions;
  • How to stimulate change and innovation.

Featured speakers include:

  • Bob Shea, Senior Fellow, Finance and Campus Management, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
  • Carol Vallone, Chief Executive Officer, Educate Online
  • Jacalyn Askin, Economic Models Project Manager, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
  • Michael B. Alexander, President, Lasell College
  • Rick Beyer, Managing Principal, Association of Governing Boards (AGB), Institutional Strategies
  • Kasia Lundy, Managing Director, Parthenon-EY
  • Kyle Pochini, Technology and Management Consulting Manager, RSM
  • Ella Grekov, Technology and Management Consulting Manager, RSM


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April 4, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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RSM Offices
80 City Square
Boston, MA 02129 United States