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June 6, 2018

An Inside Higher Ed/Gallup survey from December 2017 shows that 71 percent of college and university chief business officers (CBOs) believe higher education is experiencing a financial crisis. [1] 

June 1, 2018

You can’t cut your way to economic prosperity. 

May 8, 2018

At their core, public-private partnerships are risk sharing relationships between higher education institutions and private sector developers and service providers.  Many institutions are embracing P3s to unlock the value of their campus properties, generate revenue, and create attractive campus facilities.  P3s, if done correctly, can pave the way for a variety of new buildings and centers, ranging from student housing to hotels to physical plant/infrastructure upgrades. These can generate revenue...

April 9, 2018

Building a sustainable and profitable business model requires creativity and patience.  Too often, institutions learn to get by with less, but this is neither a scalable nor viable long-term financial model. In fact, this death by a thousand cuts is a recipe for disaster.  

April 3, 2018

Building a more sustainable and profitable business model requires creativity and patience.  Too often institutions have learned to get by with less, but this is not a scalable or viable long-term financial model; in fact, this “death by a thousand cuts” is a recipe for disaster.  The higher education landscape is evolving; many institutions are unprepared to respond effectively to these challenges.  The goal of AGBIS is to help each institution we work with--public or private, large or small--find...

March 28, 2018

The higher education landscape is evolving and challenging many institutions who are unprepared to respond effectively to these challenges.  For example, multiple factors have contributed to a 12 percent contraction of the higher education industry since 2011.  In Fall 2017, only 34 percent of institutions met their enrollment targets. 

March 23, 2018

Rick Beyer, Managing Principal, AGB Institutional Strategies 

Shifting demographics and consumer behaviors coupled with rising student debt, a deflationary trend in tuition pricing, and other pressures have contributed to a 12 percent contraction of the higher education industry since 2011. In Fall 2017, only 34 percent of institutions met their enrollment targets. 

March 13, 2018

Many institutions are embracing public private partnerships (P3) to unlock the value of their campus properties, generate revenue, and create attractive campus facilities. Many colleges and universities see P3s as a prime method to accomplish the construction of new student housing facilities with retail spaces on the first and second floors. Others utilize P3s to renovate or revamp existing housing facilities. P3s, if done correctly, produce facilities that generate revenue for the institution and...

March 8, 2018

Jim Tucker, Senior Fellow, AGB Institutional Strategies

To address the challenges of the current higher education environment, many institutions are embracing public-private partnerships (P3) to unlock the value of their campus properties, generate revenue, and create attractive campus facilities. Public-private partnerships benefit all stakeholders: the public sector benefits from the unique resources and networking capabilities of institutions, while the private sector contains the...

February 28, 2018

Michael J. Cooney, Senior Fellow, AGB Institutional Strategies

Institutions looking to grow revenue and explore new business models could consider building, buying, or affiliating with another organization or institution to enhance their own sustainability.