Affordability and accessibility in higher education

Thursday, October 31, 2013

This is a story about one school's attempt to take seriously the need to keep focus on affordability and accessibility.

Last year, Nazareth College established two committees, comprised of faculty and staff, to conduct assessments of our academic and administrative programs. These committees worked hard for over a year and prepared two reports.

The Academic Assessment report includes a comprehensive and comparative analysis of all undergraduate and graduate degree programs, using eight criteria. The Administrative Assessment report re-envisions our administrative services, recommending ways to restructure in order to reduce expenses and, equally important, to be more efficient and effective in serving our students. Relying on these reports we developed a comprehensive plan titled "A Sustainable Financial Model: Affordability and Access" that reduces our expenses and incorporates new and creative thinking about how we can deploy our human, financial, technology, and space resources.

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