Deans Summit: Maintaining Strategic Focus Through Financial Challenges

Last updated September 25, 2020

Course Length

2h 49m

Last Updated

September 25, 2020

Deans Summit: Maintaining Strategic Focus Through Financial Challenges

Last updated September 25, 2020

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Join other deans to brainstorm short-term strategies to survive and long-term strategies to thrive.


While higher ed is facing waning enrollments and funding paired with increasing expenses and demands, deans must lead the charge in making their colleges, schools, or units more financially viable while remaining relevant in a rapidly evolving landscape. Deans who are best prepared to meet these demands are creating a culture of creative problem-solving, efficiency, and innovation, and we have partnered with three of them to provide a collaborative space where deans can come together and strategize around their toughest challenges. Join your peers in this four-hour summit to:

  • Think creatively about sources of funding
  • Align programs to market demand and workforce changes
  • Better leverage your existing resources and stakeholders
  • Find innovative opportunities for growth
  • Create the conditions for a more sustainable future

You will hear from leading experts and explore new approaches to the crises your school or unit is facing. Infused with small group sessions and solutions-focused brainstorming throughout, you will leave this virtual training with short term strategies to survive and long-term strategies to thrive.

Who should attend?

This summit is designed for deans who want to engage with peers to brainstorm solutions to their toughest challenges. If you are facing financial pressure and looking to create a culture of innovation, growth, and entrepreneurism within your college, school, or unit, this summit will help you pave the way.


December 16, 2020

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Part 1: Short-Term Strategies for Financial Viability and Growth

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Our faculty from fields of business, health sciences, and fine arts will offer their innovative approaches on how to:

  • Better align programs to market demand
  • Keep up with workforce trends
  • Support and leverage existing stakeholders
  • Seek new partnerships
  • Define and measure success

You will have an opportunity to break out into small groups with other deans and brainstorm approaches that would work in your own institutional context.



2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern


Part 2: Sustaining Innovation – Long-Term Strategies to Build a Stronger Future

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Next, our three presenters will shift the focus to a sustainable future and offer strategies on how to:

  • Create a culture of innovation and agility
  • Ensure faculty are continuing their development in teaching practices, tech, DEI, and disciplines
  • Leverage internal skills and talents and empower faculty to use them
  • Manage innovation fatigue and keep faculty motivated

In small groups, you will join peers to brainstorm approaches that would best align with your own mission and context.