Business Models

Mission, Market, Margin: Rick Staisloff business model

In addition to curriculum and instruction, the business of educationwhether public or private, non-profit or for-profitshapes what educators do and how they do it. Business models encompass more than finances, budgets, and tuition. The organizational structure, staffing and professional development, technology infrastructure, and the use of time and facilities/virtual spaces are all important elements of business models in both K-12 and higher education.

Technology can be a pendulum for costs. It can help control costs and improve efficiency but it can also escalate costs due to the ongoing needs of hardware, software, and networkingincluding tech support personnel. When technology is integrated into a comprehensive educational model, it tends to support a more efficient cost structure than when technology is added on top of an instructional approach. 

Applicants to K-12 and Higher Ed Breakthrough Models grants must prepare detailed financial plans demonstrating sustainability while also providing information about how their schools and degree programs operate. Participating institutions in the Breakthrough Models Incubator work with rpkGroup's Mission-Market-Margin model to plan how to generate and sustain revenue so that they can meet their expenses while bringing value to stakeholders.

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