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Business Affairs Forum

By combining best practice research with data and benchmarking tools, the Business Affairs Forum is designed to help finance and administrative executives answer this unprecedented financial pressure and achieve their most critical goals—principled growth, sustainable costs savings, and continual improvement of core business operations.

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Mitch Robinson, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Austin Peay State University, describes how EAB's Administrative Services Alignment Survey helps boost the quality of the university's decisions.

"The Business Affairs Forum actually identifies ways you can effect change on campus and make improvements for the benefit of the student."

Mitch Robinson, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Austin Peay State University

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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 From prioritizing highest-payoff opportunities for profess redesign to considering longer-term investments in process reengineering capabilities, the Business Affairs Forum will present best-practices for building toward a continuous improvement mindset on campus. EAB brings implementation-ready advice and tactics from institutions with successful process improvement initiatives, including the University of Memphis, the University of…

Join us at a 2020 National Meeting Colleges and universities are facing unprecedented financial pressures while higher education itself is confronting substantial change—demographic shifts, declining middle class finances, and increased competition. These changes have started to erode the fiscal health of institutions across the industry. The Business Affairs Forum helps finance and administrative executives answer…

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