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Closing Your Budget Gap

September 24, 2020 | 11-12pm ET

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Closing the Budget Gap

The pandemic has upended the financials for many institutions and cuts to higher education budgets are underway. To close budget gaps, many institutions are focusing solely on cost reduction, but it is difficult to balance higher-education budgets on cost cuts alone. Fortunately, COVID-19 is also generating growth opportunities that should not be missed. 

This webcast will cover programs that support revenue growth and near-term growth opportunities that could help close the gaps in your budget. You’ll also learn some ways to assess the quality of your online delivery and the efficiency of your academic programs and courses. The panel will offer recommendations on where you can improve efficiencies (hint: it’s usually not by cutting programs) and how to use the Program and Course Economics Systems to identify high-cost, low-margin, and low-productivity courses. Finally, you’ll learn how to engage faculty in any decisions that arise as a result of analyzing these options.  

Finance Webcast

What You Will Learn

NACUBO’s professional development programs are designed to deliver the skills, concepts, and best practices for success to individuals in the business of higher education. After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify programs that support revenue growth and help close budget gaps
  • Outline the Program and Course Economics Systems to identify high-cost, low-margin, and low-productivity courses
  • Recognize inefficiencies in academic programs and ways to improve them

Who Should Attend

  • Academic and Associate Deans
  • Accounting Department Staff
  • Assistant Vice Presidents
  • Budget and Planning Staff
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Controllers
  • Program Chairs

Meet The Presenters

  • Antoinette Farmer-Thompson, deputy vice president, educational outreach and student services, Arizona State University
  • William Massy, professor emeritus and former vice president for business and finance, Pilbara Group, Inc.
  • Bob Atkins, CEO and founder, Gray Associates, Inc.
  • Jim Hundrieser, vice president, consulting and business development, NACUBO

CPE Information

Estimated 1 CPE Credit

CPE credit is not available for on-demand programs at this time.

NACUBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website

This NACUBO webcast is generously supported by:

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Registration assistance: 877.797.7698 or

Cancellation Policies

Member Standard Ends September 24, 2022


Non-Member Standard Ends September 24, 2022



Day 1

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