Category: Data-Driven Decision Support

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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Balancing Academic Values and Market Forces

Universities globally are under increasing financial strain. Government funding is decreasing, competition for students is increasing, tuition is rising and the true value of higher education is being questioned by students, parents and politicians. How do you balance academic values and market forces? The paper below, written by William F. Massy, Professor Emeritus and Former […]

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Using Data Analytics to Achieve Financial Sustainability for Higher Education

Setting the Pace in Indy Indiana’s capital city hosted the NACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting, where business officers completed some victory laps in learning about the innovations vital to today’s higher education institutions. Good Governance Needed In these sessions, attendees considered how they can redesign and implement new business practices, overcome resistance to institutional change, and […]

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Tough Times for University Chief Academic Officers, but help is available

Introduction The survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) was recently released and is available at http://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2013/02/14/2013-inside-higher-ed-survey-chief-academic-officers. The survey covers a range of issues that CAOs in the United States have concerns about or they believe are in need of attention within their institution. The objective of this paper is not revisit each […]

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Great News! – Demand for higher education is growing. So why are US universities suffering financially?

I’ve read a lot lately across a range of topics on higher education and wanted to bring together a number of themes into one post.  Let’s start with all the good news.  Demand for higher education is increasing and is seen to be important, in a recent survey by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation they found […]

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Of course MOOCs are cheaper than traditional classrooms… aren’t they?

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about MOOCs and online courses versus good old fashioned classroom based learning. In a recent article this week in the Australian Financial Review, Brad Wheeler, CIO of the 110,000-student Indiana University was discussing the four models of online delivery: the “flipped classroom” where course content is available online but […]

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What’s the benefit of defining a model’s scope before beginning a model build?

Defining a model’s scope before beginning to build it may be the difference between developing a useable, defendable and pertinent model that can answer multiple operational and management questions, and that of a model that may struggle to be relevant and robust 12 months down the track. What does a scoping study involve? A scoping […]

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