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Lecture to focus on rising administrative costs in higher ed

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | Feb. 4, 2013

"The Law of More: Unmanaged Cost Growth in Universities," will be the topic of a talk presented by Jeff Denneen, an Emory graduate who is now a partner and head of America's Higher Education Practice for Bain & Company.  

Denneen, who earned undergraduate and business degrees from Emory and now serves on the Goizueta Advisory Board, will speak Monday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. in Winship Ballroom. A question-and-answer session will follow.  

His presentation will feature an interactive discussion of the underlying drivers of administrative costs and how leading research universities are changing the way they operate in order to reverse the trend.  

Denneen has experience analyzing administrative costs at U.S. universities, and will discuss his findings. Last year, Bain & Company unveiled an analysis of nearly 1,700 public and private nonprofit colleges that found one-third of the institutions are spending more than they can afford and are on an "unsustainable financial path."  

The lecture is part of a series of ongoing talks hosted by the University Senate about critical issues affecting the funding of private research universities. They are free and open to the public.  

Denneen's lecture is the fourth in a series of University Senate talks. Earlier presentations, along with related question-and-answer sessions, can be viewed online.