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While financial exigency is still a final recourse for struggling institutions, the financial realities of the current crisis mean more senior leaders are considering the tactic. But because financial exigency declarations are relatively uncommon, misconceptions about what this decision means for a campus abound. To help leaders separate fact from fiction when weighing financial strategy decisions, we identified five common myths about financial exigency—and the information you should promote instead.
Academic Performance Solutions (APS) is a decision-support platform that allows academic leaders to easily access data to monitor key performance indicators around course offerings, faculty workload, course completion rates, and department-level costs. Learn more about how community and technical colleges are leveraging the resources and consultative services included with APS to incorporate data into academic and operational decision-making processes to increase resource efficiency and improve student progress.
As governments around the world scramble to respond to COVID-19’s financial impacts, many countries have introduced relief packages for their respective tertiary or higher education sectors. In most instances, government relief accounts for just a fraction of universities’ expected losses. Higher education providers in some countries are receiving no direct emergency funding at all, with policy changes making up the bulk of government action. To make sense of the different support packages and policy changes affecting HEIs, EAB has put together a short summary of where universities stand in terms of relief in different corners of the globe.
Faculty and staff often correlate a reduction in academic costs with a reduction in quality. In reality, institutions can realize savings and promote excellence by reallocating existing resources to high-impact, mission-aligned activities. The resources below highlight both immediate savings opportunities from increased instructional efficiency and longer-term opportunities to increase instructional productivity and rightsize the academic portfolio.