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Research offices today must address unpredictable funding shifts, complex regulations, and increased competition from other schools for grant funding. These challenges expand and diversify the scope of a research office’s work. To tackle these diverse challenges and improve university research functionality, leaders often look to optimize the organizational structure of their office. A smart organizational structure will help offices streamline processes, improve communication, and designate activity ownership.
With amplified interest in growing partnerships with companies, universities must evaluate their current partnership strategy and seek new ways to diversify and deepen their industry engagements. Read our brief to learn how to develop a market-smart organizational design.
About the Webconference The modern employer marketplace is becoming increasingly high-tech and interconnected. Why does this matter? If Universities hope to effectively partner with employers and industry actors, they must be able to understand the larger economic forces that are shaping the current professional landscape. Similarly, they must also know how to equip students with […]
As part of the Enrollment Management Benchmarking Survey, we asked enrollment managers to characterize their role in student success initiatives. See the initial findings from the survey, including the structures of enrollment management offices tasked with leading institutional retention efforts.
In the second webconference in this series, we explore how business leaders are creating the institutional data infrastructure to support strategic decision-making.
In this four-part series, we explore the ways that business leaders are transforming their finance functions to expand their strategic impact.
This brief provides strategies used at eight Responsibility Center Management (RCM) institutions to eliminate duplicate budgetary services across an institution and implement sufficient administrative and technological support to meet budgetary needs across campus.
The Business Affairs Forum is excited to launch Implementation Collaboratives, a new service designed to provide practical advice on “work in the moment” and professional networking opportunities for senior finance and administration leaders.
This report investigates how administrators at other institutions continue to fund advancement staffing levels built up during a campaign, and how other institutions implement gift fees for their Foundations.
How one institution transitioned from transactional to strategic HR—and what all business leaders can learn from their story
Given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, university leaders are increasingly turning to HR as a strategic partner for planning and executing on institutional goals. This has posed a challenge for many HR leaders and their teams: they want to provide more strategic support, but they are bogged down by transactional work. The University of Virginia (UVA) tackled the challenge of strategic human resources through a multi-year HR transformation project called “Ufirst”.