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Strategic Decision Support for Financial Planning and Sustainability

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The cost of college for students increased by more than 25% in the last 10 years.1

Colleges and universities turned to this lever to counter cuts to higher education funding, declining enrollments, and a rise in other expenses at institutions. In response, students as consumers have underscored the need to improve the affordability of higher education. Meanwhile, institutions continued to demonstrate an over-reliance on increasing revenue and countering costs with tuition increases.


The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the ineffectiveness of tuition increases to manage costs and grow revenue. However, this problem existed long before the pandemic as colleges and universities - public and private - were largely operating with structural deficits. That is, operating expenses were regularly exceeding operating revenues - often by a substantial margin - and are heavily reliant on non-operating revenues to balance the budget each year. In short, the old normal had already become challenging, even pre-pandemic.


Learn how to:

  • Bring data-informed strategies into the financial planning process
  • Drive decisions that will resonate with each institution's mission and capacity for more sustainable, targeted, effective planning



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