Bridging the Gap: Empowering Financial Resilience Through Automating Accounts Payable in Private Higher Education

Private nonprofit higher education institutions are navigating a complex financial landscape amidst current and anticipated shifts in enrollment trends. To empower finance staff at these institutions and foster financial resilience, there is a compelling case for embracing the automation of Accounts Payable (AP). Often working with limited AP staff, numbering 3-4 individuals or less, institutions can strategically leverage automation to optimize financial processes and bridge the gap between rising expenses and flat to lower enrollment.

In the journey to financial stability, automation emerges as a transformative solution. By automating AP processes, institutions can enhance efficiency and empower their existing personnel to redirect their focus towards more value-added projects. This strategic reallocation ensures a higher return on investment in working capital, offering a sustainable approach to managing financial pressures.

The challenges are diverse, ranging from the need to accomplish more with fewer resources to the difficulty in recruiting staff for declining industries. Automation addresses these concerns by streamlining manual and people-heavy AP processes, allowing institutions to redirect human resources towards higher-level tasks. This shift strikes a balance between high cost and high touch, ensuring that personnel can contribute meaningfully to the institution’s overall objectives.

Moreover, as institutions grapple with heightened competition for students and working capital, the role of automation becomes even more crucial. Beyond streamlining processes, automation serves as a cost-effective solution for fraud prevention, particularly in an industry that is a prime target for fraudulent activities. By investing in automation, institutions can enhance security measures and offset the financial impact of fraud, including rising cyber insurance costs.

In the face of financial challenges such as deferred maintenance, increased marketing expenses for student attraction, and the ever-rising cost of insurance, the need for a comprehensive solution becomes evident. The ongoing transition in personnel, coupled with the need to balance costs against flat or declining tuition, necessitates a strategic response. Automation emerges as a beacon of hope, offering a sustainable solution that minimizes costs, frees resources for strategic initiatives, and ensures the long-term financial health of private institutions.

In conclusion, the path forward for private nonprofit higher education institutions lies in harnessing next-generation technology, specifically through the automation of Accounts Payable. This strategic shift, encapsulated in the title “Bridging the Gap,” empowers finance staff to enhance financial resilience, overcome challenges, and position their institutions for sustained success in an increasingly competitive landscape.

To learn how Paymerang is helping institutions across the nation bridge the gap with automation, visit their Higher Education page

John Zaudtke

John Zaudtke

John leads sales at Paymerang, overseeing a team of outside and inside sales professionals and directing the day-to-day activities to deliver rapid growth. His goal is to drive a world-class sales organization that is able to connect with financial professionals in a diverse set of industry verticals and help them benefit from Paymerang’s transformative finance automation solutions. John spent the last three years in an outside sales role with Paymerang, managing the company’s K-12 Education and Financial Institution verticals. He has over 15 years of sales experience from companies big and small, like Ricoh, Snag, and The Brink’s Company. A highly motivated and energetic leader, John loves coaching and mentoring others, both in the office and outside on the lacrosse field.