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Higher Education Business Models Under Stress, Part 2

Graceful Business Model Transitions: Planning and Executing a College or Campus Closure
Delivered January 13, 2022
Presented by Rick Seltzer (Moderator), Higher Ed Dive | James E. Lyons Sr., AGB Consulting | Lynn Priddy, Claremont Lincoln University | Melody Rose, Nevada System of Higher Education
Planning Types: Resource Planning

This is part two of a two-part webinar series delivered in partnership between SCUP and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), “Higher Education Business Models Under Stress: Planning for Successful Transitions”. This series will help build your fiduciary understanding of your institution’s business model as you prepare the campus for a range of possible business transformations, from mergers, strategic affiliations, corporate partnerships, or even the ultimate scenario of a campus closure. View the recording for part one, “Board Oversight of Finance and the Business Model: Key Indicators and Trends for Scenario Planning and Stress Testing”.

In some instances, the results of a college or university’s business analytics may reveal underlying weaknesses that are simply insurmountable, triggering the most unfortunate scenario of closing a campus. And yet, if the board makes a closure decision too late, it could make an already desperate situation even worse.

A graceful closure process requires embracing the values of an ethical commitment to protect the students, a functional commitment to protect the institutional mission and mitigate against risk, and also an attitudinal commitment to understand how the decision will impact all internal and external stakeholders. Working through the human toll of a campus closure requires careful planning and a focus on continuing transparency, communication, and support for those most affected.

This program will also address other issues that must be managed when an institution closes, including the responsibility and authority of accrediting commissions, faculty tenure, student loans, the physical campus, and more.

Join a panel discussion moderated by Rick Seltzer, senior editor of Higher Ed Dive, with guest panelists Melody Rose, author of AGB’s new book Higher Education Business Models Under Stress, and Lynn Priddy and James Lyons Sr., higher education leaders with experience closing financially distressed colleges and universities.


Rick Seltzer (Moderator), Senior Editor, Higher Ed Dive
James E. Lyons Sr., Senior Consultant, AGB Consulting
Lynn Priddy, President & CEO, Claremont Lincoln University
Melody Rose, Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education

Delivered 1/13/22.

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