Category: Academic Resource Management

Conference Debrief: LH Martin Service Improvement and Innovation

We were proud to sponsor and support the LH Martin Service Improvement and Innovation Conference down in Melbourne Oct 25 – 26.  We were also pleased to assist Ray Fleming from Microsoft with his workshop, where we dug into ways data can support decision making, which we will go through later in this post. The […]

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Higher Education Shared Governance Requirements #10-11: Budget Process Improvement and Scenario Planning

Every university goes through an annual budgeting cycle.  There are about as many budget processes as there are universities but they all have one thing in common:  the need to take account of changes in enrolment, governmental support, and other external factors.  This is not easy because each potential factor affects various parts of the […]

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Cost of Teaching: Let’s benchmark and look beyond just the Cost per EFTSL

Important Note: All of the dollar amounts shown below have been changed to protect the data privacy of our client institutions. Benchmarking within the university sector is not new.  It happens at nearly every level – between schools, faculties, peer group universities (private, public, research intensive, regional, etc), and even internationally. Although this blog is […]

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Higher Education Shared Governance Requirements #9: Improving Program Review

Previous blogs examined how the Pilbara model helps identify programs for investment and disinvestment (#5) and illuminates the economic relationships between programs (degrees) and individual courses (subjects).  Now we turn to “Program Review” – a deep dive into the specifics of particular programs. Traditional reviews look at a program’s curricular structure, the institution’s capacity (in […]

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Academic Program Review – It’s what you can’t see that can hurt you!

The following is a simple example of the type of data that is normally hidden, not purposefully, but rather because it’s simply not captured for easy reporting and analysis. This is from our demonstration model, so it consists of dummy data but is representative of how a university would actually operate. The Power BI report below […]

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It’s a No-Brainer! Increasing Student Retention Makes #HigherEd More Money… Or Does it?

A common issue faced by universities around the globe is improving the retention of existing students. How much should be invested in retaining students? At what point is more money being spent than is being gained by retaining the student? Retention is a hot topic and universities spend a lot of time and effort in […]

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Higher Education Decision Support Model

The Problem How can a university allocate its resources, and especially its unrestricted funds, to best serve the academic mission while ensuring financial sustainability? Academic and financial officers find resource allocation difficult and time consuming because universities are extremely complex and highly decentralized organizations, which are driven by mission-based values rather than a financial bottom […]

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