Financial Sustainability Services

How are you maintaining financial sustainability?

A growing number of industry leaders believe higher education is in financial crisis. In a recent study, 71 percent of chief business officers (CBO) agreed the industry is facing significant financial trouble. With these financial concerns top of mind, less than half the surveyed CBOs agreed their institutions will be sustainable over the next 10 years.1. So, how is your institution maintaining financial sustainability? BKD can help.

Margin Analysis

BKD’s Interactive Margin Analysis Tool provides a visual analysis of the financial contribution and margin at various levels of detail—school, department, major, class, faculty member, etc.—for your institution.

Financial Modeling

After a careful review of your program costs and margins, another step toward financial sustainability is to model the effect of your potential decisions over a five-year period. With the aid of sophisticated modeling tools developed by our experienced higher education professionals, we can help you see the long-term effects of those decisions.

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1. The 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Business Officers

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Senior Manager

Andrews University

“For several years, Andrews University attempted to conduct a comprehensive contribution margin analysis. However, we lacked the internal resources, time and skill-sets to accomplish this important goal, and decided to retain BKD. Within our required timeline, BKD’s Interactive Margin Analysis Tool provided us with insights on operations and programs across a wide range of categories. We now have interactive data driven objectivity, helping us evaluate programs and operations, and making better informed decisions. This is a tool and a process that we highly recommend.”

— Christon Arthur, PhD
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan

Andrews University

“Boards of Trustees are all too aware of the many critical challenges facing higher education. Fulfilling our fiduciary responsibilities means we need objective data to make sound business decisions to properly support the University we serve. BKD’s Interactive Margin Analysis Tool delivers key insights into university operations and programs. As we move forward, our Board will be better equipped to work effectively toward achieving one of our objectives—ensuring the sustainability of the institution.”

— Dana Wales, Trustee
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan

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