Decision-Making Possibilities with Activity-Based Costing

(Retired) | Last updated June 4, 2018

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Last Updated

June 4, 2018

Decision-Making Possibilities with Activity-Based Costing

(Retired) | Last updated June 4, 2018


What does it cost to offer a course, a service, or an entire degree to students? Understanding the true cost of what your institution offers through Activity-Based Costing (ABC) gives you real numbers to work with and allows you to make better decisions in the short and long-term.

During this webcast you will hear about the decisions that New York Institute of Technology was able to make both before and after implementing ABC, and we will help you to connect what they were able to do to your own institution. You will gain an understanding of how the ABC model works and how you can use it to support decisions in:

  • Capital planning
  • Academic program review
  • Strategic enrollment management

Who should attend?

This training is designed for senior academic administrators, financial officers, and institutional researchers interested in data-informed decision-making. Our live session will focus on what your possibilities are available through the ABC model. The additional resource packet included with your registration will give more of an overview and how-to for getting the model up and running at your campus.


Before and After ABC

Before the ABC model, one institution used subjective approaches for facility planning decisions.  After ABC, they now have data to back up those decisions. Learn how you can reduce subjectivity in your decision making.


Cost Structure of Typical Staffing Decisions

You will follow three recruiting decisions and learn the cost/benefit structure of each one, including adding a new faculty line, a student advisor, and a staff line in an administrative unit.  You will learn how to trace the cost and impact of your staffing decisions.


How the ABC Mindset Can Work for You

Whether or not you decide to pursue this level of detail in your cost model, there’s a culture shift when this level of data is shared with academic leaders.  It involves more people in the conversations around factors within their control. You will learn how you can have more productive conversations on campus around the costs of educating students.

Why is this event retired?

At AI we want to always ensure that the best and most current trainings are available to members, and we regularly review our trainings to ensure that is the case.