Reallocating Resources Across Academic Programs

Reallocating Resources Across Academic Programs

September 3, 2020 | Recording Available

Learn how to manage the tension between expediting program cuts and maintaining faculty trust.


The vexing combination of higher expenses, lower enrollments, and reduced operating capacity will force institutions to make significant cuts to academic programs this coming year. Whether to balance the budget or to free up resources for reinvestment, the challenge facing leaders is not whether to cut programs but how to do so responsibly and fairly.

Drawing upon lessons from the Great Recession, our expert will share best practices for resource reallocation across academic programs. Recognizing that the urgency to make these decisions is much greater than it was 10 years ago, we’ll brainstorm ways to accelerate the process while also preserving its integrity so trust with faculty can be maintained or enhanced.


Who Should Attend

Given the dual responsibility of strategic resource allocation, this virtual training and dialogue will benefit:

  • Financial leaders who have experience allocating resources across academic programs
  • Academic leaders who have insight into how academic programs need to be transformed to meet today's challenges


CPE Credits Available

Recommended CPE Credits: 2.5

Program Field of Study:  Specialized Knowledge

Delivery Method: Group-Internet

Prerequisites: Participants seeking CPE credit should have some experience allocating resources across academic programs.

Program Level: Intermediate

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Limited Attendance

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  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
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  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
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  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

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September 3, 2020

1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time


Part 1: Best Practices in Program Prioritization

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Our expert, Larry Goldstein, will provide a process for implementing Robert C. Dickeson’s model presented in Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services.



Part 2: Responsible Acceleration

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
You will vote on discussion topics and divide into small groups to brainstorm how to accelerate or streamline parts of the process. Discussions may focus on:

  • Scope of prioritization
  • Criteria
  • Decisions and governance
  • Implementation




2:15 – 2:30 p.m.



Small Group Discussion

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.



Part 3: Considerations for Implementation

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
You will reunite to share ideas generated in small groups. We will close with a solutions-focused discussion.



Final Q&A and Evaluation

3:30 – 3:40 p.m.


portrait of Larry Goldstein

Larry Goldstein

President, Campus Strategies, LLC

Larry’s consulting interests cover a wide range of topics, including higher education budgeting, strategic planning, accounting, and finance. He writes and speaks frequently on these topics. He is the author of A Guide to College and University Budgeting: Foundations for Institutional Effectiveness and has co-authored several publications including Presidential Transitions: It’s Not Just the Position, It’s the Transition.

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