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Financial Performance Collaborative

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Higher education has seen its fair share of disruptions and crises in the past decade. In the midst of responding to an ever-changing environment, it is easy to overlook basic hygiene necessary to ensure good stewardship of academic and administrative resources. Without periodic review and financial health-checks, institutions are expending resources in ways that may have once made sense but are no longer aligned with the needs and priorities of the day.


EAB’s Financial Performance Collaborative will help you identify opportunities to recapture savings from areas that are typically overlooked in conversations about resource allocation. This is critical in financially tough environments but is no less important in periods of stability where these savings can help you safeguard future spending or fund emerging priorities.

EAB’s new modular collaborative experience will help you:

  • Build confidence & motivate change on critical campus priorities with step-by-step guidance through essential analyses
  • Expand your skills and capacity with 1:1 expert coaching and project management support
  • Accelerate best practice implementation in an expert-led, modular format that allows you to focus on the most critical priority areas for your campus right now

Register for the April 5 Plenary Session to save your spot!
After attending the plenary, you will learn more about the individual modules and participation requirements. You will then receive a survey to register for the modules most relevant to your needs and your capacity. In the meantime, please consider holding the dates and times for each module on your calendar to block the time!

Sessions are best suited for Chief Business Officers and Provosts. Registration for each session is limited to three attendees per institution.

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time | Plenary Session
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time | Capstone

Experts associated with this event

EAB Experts

Elizabeth Casey-Rutland


Elizabeth has been with EAB for over 5 years. She spent her first several years at EAB as part of the Market Insights team conducting and leading research on the market alignment of new and existing degree programs. She joined the Financial Sustainability team in 2020 and has supported the development and launch of the Financial Sustainability Collaborative and the Financial Sustainability Collaborative for Administrative and Organizational Effectiveness. In her current role she focuses on developing new services to support partners in strengthening their financial sustainability.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her dog, reading, and traveling.

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Michael Fischer

Senior Director, Research

Michael Fischer is a Senior Director of Research, overseeing EAB’s Administration, Finance, and Operations research group. Michael works closely with Chief Business Officers, Chief Finance Officers, Chief Operations Officers, and Senior Facilities Officers to diagnose challenges and unearth best practices to improve the financial sustainability and operating efficiency of campuses. His research specialties include administrative efficiency, cost containment, building design trends, flexible work arrangements, and sustainability. He is also one of EAB’s lead researchers on the impact of Generative AI on institutional strategy. Michael joined EAB in 2016, and has served in both research and advising roles at the firm. Prior to joining EAB, he held various educational positions in the United States and United Kingdom. Off-hours, he enjoys baking and tabletop games with his wife and two sons.

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Dawn Ressel

Dawn Ressel

Senior Director, Financial Sustainability Terrain Lead

Dawn joined EAB in the summer of 2022. She has over twenty-five years of experience in institutional effectiveness and data analytics and will be leading the Financial Sustainability Terrain within the Research Advisory Services team of EAB. Working at both the campus level and the state board governing level, Dawn brings a deep understanding of the Institutional Effectiveness / Institutional Research profession. She has experience working on performance funding, state allocation models, campus allocation models, predictive analytics, implementing student success platforms, implementing data governance, developing and enriching data infrastructures, and completing compliance reporting and national benchmarking studies.

Dawn has worked with both 4-year and 2-year institutions and understands the needs and uniqueness of both sectors. When not helping institutions find efficiencies Dawn enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping with her family, that includes several 4 legged children.

Dawn earned a Master of Science degree in statistics from the University of Arkansas in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri in 1989.

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