Financial Sustainability Services

Is your institution's long-term strategy financially sustainable?

In a recent study, only about half of the surveyed college chief business officers said they are confident their institution will be financially stable over the next 10 years. But in searching for ways to improve their outlooks, half of those surveyed said they didn’t have insightful data to make program economic decisions or evaluate faculty financial performance. 1

Many institutions are considering and implementing a variety of methods to address revenue shortfalls, but without the necessary program and faculty data, creating and implementing a strategic plan can be especially challenging. With our Financial Sustainability Services tools and resources, BKD can help. Look through the tabs below and watch the above video to learn more..

12018 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Business Officers


How BKD Can Help

Margin Analysis

BKD’s Contribution Margin Analysis provides a visual analysis of the financial contribution and margin at various levels of detail for your institution, e.g., school, department, major, class or faculty member.

Financial Modeling

Another step toward financial sustainability—after a careful review of your program costs and margins—is to model the impact of your potential decisions over a five-year period. Using sophisticated modeling tools developed by our experienced higher education professionals, we can help you see the medium- and long-term impact of those decisions.

Case Studies: How Universities Are Using Margin Analysis

Read how margin analysis gave universities the insight they needed to make some big changes.

Read the Private University Case Study

Read the Public University Case Study

See a Demo & Brief Overview

Fill out the form below to watch this video to see how our margin analysis and financial modeling tools work and how they can help your institution.


Contact Us

To learn more or to schedule a private demo of our margin analysis, fill out the “Contact Us” form below or email us at

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