The Miami University Summer Profitability Challenge Project won the 2011 North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) Creative and Innovative Award in the administrative category.
The Summer Profitability Challenge Project is a collaborative effort between academic affairs, business affairs, and IT services to strategically assess the profitability of the university summer session. The initiative focused on managing summer enrollment, while measuring and containing costs.
Cheryl Young, director of lifelong learning, explained, "As the project progressed, the value and substance of the powerful business intelligence methodologies allowed the team to cross seemingly insurmountable barriers. The initial challenge was met – detailed and innovative reporting for effective decision making by university administrators for summer session to ensure student needs are met, costs are contained, and profitability. The project revealed the value of the collaborative effort as well as best practices in alliances across university divisional divides."
The project team included representation from information technology services (enterprise and business intelligence areas), budget, business and finance, registrar, bursar, institutional research, academic personnel, and the continuing education and summer session units.