Learning Opportunities

Find time for your own professional growth and development. You will benefit both yourself and the resource planning community when you bring new ideas to the table.

Attend a UB Class or Workshop

Academic and Financial Partnerships: Creating an Engagement Plan for Budget Implementation

Learn how you can develop a more collaborative budgeting process by engaging both finance and academic leaders in the research, design, and implementation phases. After participating in this webcast you will be better prepared to:

  • Structure your budget timeline to allow for collaboration
  • Provide training for committee members and leadership
  • Build guiding principles to ensure the budget meets your strategic priorities
  • Use visual displays to build consensus and improve transparency
  • Create a continuous improvement feedback cycle

Foundations for Building a Strategic Academic Budget

Get the necessary building blocks to approach your departmental budget more strategically. Whether you are building a budget from scratch or reinforcing your current model, you will walk away from this webcast better able to:

  • Analyze direct and indirect academic costs
  • Align your departmental and institutional goals
  • Understand the contribution of your department using non-financial measures
  • Explore best practices in resource allocation
  • Build fiscal accountability within your department

Incentivizing Faculty and Staff Retirement

Learn how you can effectively incentivize faculty and staff retirement to meaningfully recognize individuals' dedication to the university while refreshing the workforce and relieving budgetary strains. You will walk through how you can:

  • Identify and manage incentives and deterrents for retirement
  • Use proven faculty and staff retirement incentives from other institutions
  • Ensure non-discrimination in retirement conversations
  • Design a unique retirement package for your institutional context

Tuition: Raise It, Lower It, or Stay the Course?

Gain a better understanding of the questions and considerations that should go into a decision to raise, lower, or maintain tuition. Expert instructor Lucie Lapovsky will provide an in-depth, example-based overview of different pricing models and key considerations for each. You will come away from the webcast better able to:

  • Place your tuition setting decision within a macro context
  • Clearly frame the arguments for various tuition strategies
  • Assess the risks associated with each course of action
  • Explain the implications of different tuition strategies on enrollment and net tuition revenue

Using Academic Program Cost Analysis to Improve the Efficiency of Your Department

Learn how you can use data-driven evidence to:

  • Determine differential cost per credit hour across departments
  • Examine average revenue, costs, and contribution margin for academic programs
  • Identify specific opportunities to improve net tuition revenue

Read a Recommended Book

By Chip and Dan Heath

The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems — the rational mind and the emotional mind — that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort — but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

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