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Business Affairs Research

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

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100 Tactics for Immediate Labor Savings

This compendium offers 100 rebasing tactics across nine categories.
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In response to COVID-19 budget woes, college and university leaders are considering widespread layoffs to remain solvent. Watch this short video to learn why that happens, and how you can secure sustainable cost savings that won’t jeopardize staff morale.

Staffing shortages in critical student services, like the counseling center, lead to fewer student appointments, reduction in services for high-needs students, and result in higher attrition rates. EAB gathered industry experts for a panel discussion where they shared their thoughts on the state of the sector and the talent crisis. They agreed, winning with students requires winning with talent.

To help institutions quickly surface and size meaningful savings opportunities, EAB is launching the Financial Sustainability Collaborative for Administrative and Organizational Effectiveness. Our innovative collaborative model convenes a cohort of institutions to tackle the complex terrain of administrative efficiency and effectiveness together.

EAB has identified eight principles most important to budget remodel success. We recommend that all institutions changing models abide by the principles outlined below–regardless of current model, desired new model, or current point in the change process.

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