Transformational Change in Higher Education: Positioning Your Institution for Future Success (2006)

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November 2006 |

Day one of the conference examined the role of the entrepreneurial leader and his or her interactions with key constituencies that are essential in bringing a vision for transformational change to reality. Key constituencies considered include faculty, trustees, public policymakers and the public, including students and parents. Such constituencies have their own values, objectives, priorities and biases regarding the appropriate mission of higher education. How does the successful leader create alignment between his or her vision and those of these constituencies and thus achieve the environment needed for successful change?

Day two of the conference examined two strategic issues: student access in connection with pricing and the financing of higher education. Transformational change in how an institution finances its operations will have a direct impact on its balance sheet and on its ultimate success in realizing a broad strategic vision, of which financing strategies are only a part. Strategic pricing changes can be made with student recruitment and retention, as well as various other objectives, as goals. Speakers considered the use of innovative pricing models and creative financing strategies as objectives of transformational change and as vehicles to achieve broader transformational change for the institution.

The conference is intended to provide senior institutional leaders (presidents, chancellors, provosts, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, deans) with new and actionable information to enhance decision making and inform strategic planning leading to future success.

View slides used by some of the conference presenters:

  • William E. Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland - during session on "Institutional vision with Policymakers' and the Public's Interests"
  • Wale Adeosun, Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - during session on "Financing Institutional Operations - The Entrepreneurial Leader"
  • James McGill, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, Johns Hopkins University - during session on "Financing Institutional Operations - The Entrepreneurial Leader"
  • Carol Cartwright, President Emeritus, Kent State University - during session on "Financing Institutional Operations - The Entrepreneurial Leader"
  • James Scannell, President, Scannell & Kurz, Inc. - during session on "Changing Student Access Through Strategic Pricing Initiatives"
  • Catharine Bond Hill, President and Professor of Economics- during session on "Changing Student Access Through Strategic Pricing Initiatives"
  • Robert G. Templin , Jr., President, Northern Virginia Community College- during session on "Changing Student Access Through Strategic Pricing Initiatives"

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