Sustainable New Business Models for Higher Education to Be Explored at Executive Workshop

AAL Economics of Higher Education 2017

This program takes aim at enhancing the technical, communication, leadership, and process skills administrators need to navigate successfully today’s ever-changing environment of higher education.

The Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) will host the inaugural Economics of Higher Education workshop on August 6-8, 2017 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta. Tailored for chief academic officers, provosts, presidents, and trustees of private colleges and universities, the two-day workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of sustainable new business models to address the challenges at their home institutions.

“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 takes aim at enhancing 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 is working and what needs to be fixed
  • 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 for their upcoming financial planning cycles.”

With decades of higher education administration experience, instructors for the 2017 Economics of Higher Education workshop include:

  • Jo Allen, Ph.D., President at Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • James F. Galbally, Jr., Ed.D., AAL Senior Consultant and President of The Galbally Group
  • Matthew Poslusny, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Provost at Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina

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