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Connecting College and Careers: A New Market-Based Opportunity for College Leaders

November 5, 2021
rpk’s new Market Demand & Opportunity (MDO) offering brings an external lens that’s essential in creating a sustainable business model.

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Transformation at Scale Webinar

October 19, 2021
In rpk GROUP's Transformation at Scale Webinar, we had the honor of hosting two strong leaders in higher education. Dr. Barbara Bichelmeyer, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas, and Dr. Yasmine Ziesler, Chief Academic Officer, Vermont State Colleges System shared their stories of transformation across institutions and systems.
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Market Demand and Opportunity (MDO) Analysis

October 13, 2021
Designed to produce results that honor institutions' Mission, Market, and Margin®, the MDO framework provides three distinct components: academic portfolio alignment, program gap analysis and competitor analysis. 
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An interview with Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

September 30, 2021
In this Mission, Market, and Margin® interview, Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Rick Staisloff, founder and senior partner of rpk GROUP discuss the ROI of student success. They detail how institutions can create sustainable business models that allow for continued reinvestment in mission and student success.

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FeaturedLeading ChangeStudent SuccessSustainable Business Models

Transformation at Scale Webinar

October 19, 2021
In rpk GROUP's Transformation at Scale Webinar, we had the honor of hosting two strong leaders in higher education. Dr. Barbara Bichelmeyer, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas, and Dr. Yasmine Ziesler, Chief Academic Officer, Vermont State Colleges System shared their stories of transformation across institutions and systems.
Leading ChangeStudent Success

Market Demand and Opportunity (MDO) Analysis

October 13, 2021
Designed to produce results that honor institutions' Mission, Market, and Margin®, the MDO framework provides three distinct components: academic portfolio alignment, program gap analysis and competitor analysis. 
Strategic FinanceStudent Success

An interview with Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

September 30, 2021
In this Mission, Market, and Margin® interview, Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and Rick Staisloff, founder and senior partner of rpk GROUP discuss the ROI of student success. They detail how institutions can create sustainable business models that allow for continued reinvestment in mission and student success.
Leading ChangeStrategic Finance

A Value Prop Moment for Higher Education

July 14, 2021
In What’s Next for Higher Education Pricing?, a recently released report from Workday, rpk’s Rick Staisloff teamed up with author Jeff Selingo to explore the circumstances placing added financial pressures on colleges and universities.
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Spend Smarter: How Colleges Use HEERF Pandemic Relief Funding to Transform

June 9, 2021
Campuses have until spring 2022 to use their entire HEERF fund allocation. As the immediate crisis recedes, colleges may find they have greater opportunity to invest these funds more strategically in ways that solve for both short- and long-term needs.
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Teaching, learning, and making a global impact: the rpk GROUP internship program

April 29, 2021
Given the current state of the industry, it’s an exciting time to contribute to actionable change, especially in rpk’s signature style: not only by conducting analyses, but by teaching institutional leaders how to replicate analyses so that data-backed decision-making becomes a continued part of their culture.
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Mission, Market, and Margin® Interview with Nick Stevens, Chief Data Officer University of Kansas

April 15, 2021
In this Mission, Market, and Margin® interview, Nick Stevens, Chief Data Officer University of Kansas shares insights into creating a data informed culture with Rick Staisloff.
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Five Best Practices to Create Sustainable Credit for Prior Learning Programs on Campuses

February 24, 2021
rpk GROUP recently partnered with three organizations to look at the business model behind their RNL programs. Our study found that these programs can be financially beneficially for colleges when carefully designed.
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Gaining from the Deaf Community

February 5, 2021
At Gallaudet University, a university designed for Deaf and hard of hearing students, communication is key. Their practices are beneficial for all.
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Three Resolutions to Sustain Higher Ed in 2021

January 21, 2021
Higher ed already has the resources it needs. A sustainable use of those resources can help institutions overcome financial difficulties.
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Getting Granular with Course Analysis

January 15, 2021
Course analysis aids higher ed leaders in making strategic decisions to determine course structure while maintaining quality of instruction.
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Farewell to 2020: Hopeful Days Ahead for Higher Ed

December 30, 2020
It’s been a tough year. But are we well served by trying to forget the challenges we’ve all faced? Here are some of the big things we’ve learned at rpk in 2020.
Academic Efficiencies

How Healthy Is Your Academic Portfolio?

December 22, 2020
Market scans can help optimize the academic portfolio in ways that achieve financial sustainability. Here are three valuable lessons we learned during a recent analysis.
Academic Efficiencies

Interested in Improving Academic Efficiency? Start with Faculty Throughput

November 12, 2020
As institutions and systems take on the more challenging structural questions around academic efficiency, we’re finding that faculty throughput is a useful metric. It is helpful in three different ways.
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Strategic Finance Learning Studio with Scott Carlson, Senior Writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education

November 11, 2020
In this Mission, Market, and Margin® interview, Scott Carlson, Senior Writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the role higher education plays in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, and what job might it give itself post pandemic.
Strategic Finance

Confronting Budget Shortfalls: The New Playbook

October 30, 2020
What happens to fall fiscal planning in a year of unprecedented challenges? And how should institutions seek to respond? rpk’s Rick Staisloff and UVM's Tammy Kolbe sought to answer these questions in an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed.
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10 Who Helped Us Get to 10

October 26, 2020
Ten years. Hundreds of clients. Thirty-two states. Three continents. Numbers that attest to our service and to a record of achievement. That decade of distinction creates a strong foundation for the launch into our future.
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The Post-Pandemic College Report

October 20, 2020
Combining expertise from Rick Staisloff and authorities from across higher ed the Post-Pandemic College Report from the Chronicle of Higher Education provides a road map for moving forward in the COVID-19 world.
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Strategic Finance Learning Studio with Maria Anguiano, SVP for strategy at Arizona State University

October 6, 2020
In the current COVID-19 environment, many institutions of higher education institutions may be seeking financial bailouts. But is focusing solely on the revenue side of the equation the right approach?
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Strategic Finance Learning Studio with Chuck Ambrose, President and CEO of KnowledgeWorks

September 2, 2020
We discuss how we might emerge from COVID19 having made progress towards new models and much-needed changes in education