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California’s Public Higher Education Segments Seek New Opportunities to Manage Costs and Improve Student Outcomes

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CSU, UC and CCC to discuss new collaborations, coordinated purchasing and shared services during two-day conference

California State University, East Bay will be the host site for the 2014 California Public Higher Education Collaborative Business and Administrative Services Conference Aug 21-22.  Earlier this year, the leaders of the CSU, University of California and California Community Colleges announced a renewed focus on collaborative efforts to reduce institutional costs allowing for deployment of those resources in the classroom. The shared services conference brings together all three segments to discuss new methods for collaboration that lead to more efficient use of resources by the universities and colleges.

“This conference is an opportunity for California’s public higher education leaders to come together and share best practices for efficiently meeting our common challenges, which is increasingly important in the current budget environment,” said Steve Relyea, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer. “Leveraging the resources and talents of the 145 colleges and universities will lead to additional opportunities to fulfill our combined mission of educating the residents of California.”

The collective efforts of the 23 CSU campuses to improve financial and administrative efficiencies have saved the system millions of dollars, allowing for the deployment of those resources toward student achievement.  Through the CSU’s Synergy Initiative, the university has been working together to implement sound business practices.

This year’s conference will expand efforts for collaboration by bringing together all three segments.  Conference presentations will be led by nationally renowned experts addressing operational and management topics such as getting and using actionable data to manage costs, building and maintaining collaborations, and lean process improvement.

A pre-conference workshop will also be held, bringing together a select group of procurement and financial leaders to work on identifying achievable strategies for collaborative and coordinated purchasing in order to lower costs for the institutions.

For more information about the Collaborative Business and Administrative Services Conference, please visit


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