Improving College Affordability with New Higher Education Business Models

rpk Group, January 2019

Bolstering student success in higher education is both a lofty goal and a multifaceted issue, complicated by ever-present concerns about rising tuition prices. In response, college and university
leadership teams worldwide are seeking new ways to reduce costs and improve efficiencies while
delivering high-quality education to an expanding and ever more diverse student body.

This study exposes college leaders and trustees to the fundamentals of strategic finance and provides a roadmap for moving forward. We focus on public colleges and universities, with a particular emphasis on nonresearch institutions that tend to serve large populations of students (including those with higher financial need) but have fewer alternate sources of institutional revenues to tap.