M&A, Partnerships, and Consortia in Higher Ed: What Chief Business Officers Need to Know

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M&A, Partnerships, and Consortia in Higher Ed: What Chief Business Officers Need to Know

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About Our Past Event

In the face of rising costs, a looming demographic cliff, and the disruption caused by a global pandemic, colleges and universities are facing a future with unprecedented levels of concern for financial sustainability. This has caused institutional leaders to look at more drastic transformations of their business models, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A). While there have been a number of successful examples of M&A in higher education, there are also many examples of failures that could likely have been avoided if there was a clear vision for the outcome from the beginning. This starts with the Presidents and the Board Members being on the same page about what problem M&A is being considered to solve. The first step to making good strategic decisions about M&A is understanding that at its core, it is another type of university partnership, albeit the most extreme version. Whether it is about sharing administrative services, making agreements for joint academic programs, or forming large consortia between numerous schools; these are strategies about scale and capabilities. Success in all these endeavors is dependent on a good match in culture and strategic vision, protection of the brand, and focus on future sustainability.

Session

Join EAB for this event where we will explore recent trends in M&A and discuss some other successful strategic partnerships in higher education.

Sessions are best suited for Chief Business Officers. Registration for each session is limited to one attendee per institution.

  • Thursday, June 30 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

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