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  An institution’s work processes are its means of production. They determine how people operate. Simplifying and standardizing those processes can create efficiency, free up capacity, and even unlock opportunities to scale. Many formalized process improvement methodologies compete for attention, but you don’t have to decipher all the buzzwords. Regardless of which approach you adopt,…

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Despite rigorous market demand evaluation, some program launches will not work out as planned. Two factors make hitting enrollment targets particularly difficult: 1. Market demand is inherently uncertain. Even with sophisticated data analyses, it is impossible to precisely anticipate student or competitor behavior. The best enrollment projections are still estimates, and estimates are prone to…

Administrative and academic leaders alike want to make better decisions based on high quality, actionable data. But while many institutions are making significant technology investments to improve data quality these investments are useless without staff who can access and analyze this data and communicate trends to leaders. Related infographic 10 analyses to kickstart your BI…

In this excerpt of research from EAB’s Academic Affairs Forum, we profile how senior leaders can encourage more data-informed decision making in academic departments. First, we examine the limitations of using institution-level metrics to evaluate academic departments and then fine-tune the recommended metrics to pursue three critical objectives at a department level: Cost efficiency Enrollment…


About the Webconference This presentation, a summary of EAB’s most recent “State of the Union” address, is designed for leaders on both the academic and administrative sides of the institution to understand key trends shaping higher education in 2018. The presentation will feature insights into new student markets, including online, international, master’s, and degree completers.…

About the Webconference When it comes to shared services implementations of any shape or size, determining the right organizational model is not nearly as difficult as winning over hearts and minds that the new structure will continue to deliver high levels of service and quality. This webconference highlights six lessons for managing the transition to…