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Economics of Higher Education

Designed to provide participants with a better understanding of sustainable new business models to address the challenges at their home institutions. The program will provide each academic administrator with a revitalized perspective as they prepare for the upcoming financial planning cycle.

This program is specifically tailored for chief academic officers, provosts, presidents, and trustees of private colleges and universities.


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Economics of Higher Education Training ProgramA multitude of internal and external financial struggles are rapidly impacting how institutions maintain the quality of their academic programs. New and experienced chief academic officers are expected to lead their organizations through these economic currents. The Economics of Higher Education is a unique workshop specifically tailored for new and experienced chief academic officers, provosts, presidents, and trustees of private colleges and universities. Designed to introduce new business models for higher education, the program's aim is to enhance the technical, communication, leadership, and process skills administrators need to successfully navigate today’s ever-changing environment of higher education.



More than 4 in 10

private colleges missed their goals for enrollment & tuition in 2016.

-The Chronicle of Higher Education


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The Economics of Higher Education has been strategically scheduled, planned, and coordinated to provide each participant with maximum ROI for their time and resources to attend.


Tuition is $2,950, which includes all program materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day program, and admission to the evening keynote dinner reception on August 6, 2017.

Program Dates:

Evening Keynote Reception: August 6, 2017
Two-Day Program: August 7-8, 2017

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2017


Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
800 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

For additional program details, please contact AAL Director of Professional Development Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively


Economics of Higher Education

June 13, 2017 - Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College

Dr. Allen examines the roles, responsibilities, and relationships of the President and Chief Academic Officer in designing, developing, and implementing an institution’s program of effective change management.



June 14, 2017 - Dr. Matthew Poslusny, Senior Vice President and Provost of Meredith College

Dr. Poslusny discusses how the Chief Academic Officer communicates with the board and faculty about academics and economics. Also, about what role a CFO play in the facilitating of those discussions.




June 14, 2017 - Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College

Dr. Allen provides her thoughts on what she believes our institutions will look like in 25 years and how do we view the impact of our actions on the long-term viability of our higher education institutions?


June 22, 2017 - Dr. James F. Galbally, Jr., AAL Senior Consultant and President of The Galbally Group

Dr. Galbally examines the current business model of higher education, the one that most of our institutions employ in charting financial futures. Is it sustainable? What needs to be changed?



June 22, 2017 - Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College

Dr. Allen provides her insights on whether she sees institutional governance changing as colleges adopt new ways of doing things in response to external financial issues.



Jo Allen


Collaborating Partner

James F. Galbally, Jr.


Senior Consultant

Matthew Poslusny


Collaborating Partner

Robert Zemsky

Ph.D., M.A.

Keynote Speaker



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Program Curriculum

  • Discuss the impact of instructional costs as an institutional cost driver
  • Identify institutional challenges and how schools can prepare to face these obstacles 
  • Evaluate current business models, what is working and what needs to be fixed
  • Explore the role of institutional governance in leading change
  • Identify the role of the  chief academic officer in implementing new business models