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Design a hybrid budget model

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As your campus becomes more experienced in its process improvement journey, you may develop homegrown tools and resources—but the five steps outlined in this Roadmap should always remain your baseline.

Shared services developed a bad reputation in higher education in part because many early movers followed the private sector lift and shift model, “lifting” administrative personnel from units and “shifting” them to the new shared services organization all at once. In most cases, top-down mandates and mass migrations to shared services are neither desirable nor practical.

Many institutions are considering wholesale budget model changes to reinforce financial goals and strategic priorities, but there isn’t a uniform “one-size-fits-all” model that every institution should emulate. Learn how to design custom models that align with your institution’s unique strategic priorities, mission, and culture.