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The Higher Education Strategy Forum is designed to help college and university presidents navigate this increasingly challenging environment through tailored support, strategic research, and opportunities for off-the-record discussion with peers. Whether your campus is seeking a gradual evolution on large-scale initiatives or looking to jumpstart a dramatically new strategic direction, we work with institutions large and small to help solve these challenges.

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In today’s tight budget times, advancement leaders must find new, innovative, and efficient ways to grow fundraising revenues and ROI. Using EAB’s proprietary ROI benchmarking data, drawn from over 150 institutions in both the US and Canada, we analyzed the investments, staffing levels, and fundraising strategies most closely tied to top performing advancement shops. Our…

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Seeking to boost unit-level accountability for improving revenue and cost control, institutions across the country are tinkering with their budget models. But budget model changes involve hundreds of decisions, and can lead to many unintended consequences. Whether you are considering a wholesale model redesign or making targeted improvements, the 13 budget model design decisions outlined…

With Memorial Day behind us, summer is officially here. In addition to the chance for a well-earned vacation and time to catch up on administrative work, these quieter months offer a great opportunity for reading and reflection. We’ve asked each of the researchers on the Higher Education Strategy Forum for their summer reading recommendations: The…