Publications

  • Why many universities will fail in online education

    October 29, 2014 | LinkedIn

    Online programs and MOOCs are generating a lot of buzz, for good reason. Colleges and universities now face the critical issue of how to alter their model to deliver a better education at a lower cost.

  • How to cut the waste at colleges that's driving up tuition costs

    October 02, 2014 | LinkedIn

    Unlike other industries, higher education has not yet managed to come down the experience curve, where cost per unit of output declines over time. That dynamic must end if traditional colleges and universities expect to compete and thrive amidst the new realities of higher ed.

  • Turf wars on the quad: How to stop infighting at American colleges

    September 25, 2014 | LinkedIn

    If universities are serious about getting their fiscal house in order, they’ll have to convince department fiefdoms to work together. This includes assigning clear roles and clear accountability, then harnessing a team of A players.

  • Why America's universities need to go to business school

    September 17, 2014 | LinkedIn

    It’s no secret that the cost of a bachelor’s degree has grown out of reach for many American families. Less well known is why.

  • Club Ed: How some colleges became $41k-a-year gyms

    September 10, 2014 | LinkedIn

    Schools need to overturn the "Law of More" by focusing on what makes them unique and by allocating scarce resources to those activities that can create the greatest value for the institution.

  • The financially sustainable university

    July 06, 2012 | Higher Education | Bain Brief

    Higher education in the United States is at a tipping point with approximately one in three colleges and universities spending more than they can afford. The leaders of these institutions have a tremendous opportunity to reshape and reinvent an industry that is directly linked to our economic