Special Sessions

Cost Analysis: Aug. 15-16, 2017

Registration is closed.

Course Description

Cynthia SearcyCost analysis is a fundamental tool used in financial management to quantify program costs and adapt budgets to a changing fiscal environment. This class introduces participants to the concepts, data, and skills needed to perform cost analysis. No advance preparation is needed, but knowledge of Excel is recommended. Participants may earn up to 16 CPE credits in finance through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Download course flyer.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand why cost analysis is valuable for fiscal analysis and annual budgeting
  • Learn how to identify mission centers and direct versus indirect costs
  • Practice how to develop a unit cost table in Excel to analyze program costs
  • Perform analyses required to make decisions about expanding or limiting program operations

Lead faculty:

Cynthia Searcy, assistant dean and assistant professor (pictured above)

Guest speaker:

Crystal Burge, senior budget manager, Division of Family and Children Services, Georgia Department of Human Services

Cost:

  • Regular: $945
  • Public Sector: $665

Forecasting: April 19-20, 2018

Register  (Deadline April 5.)

Course Description

Laura WheelerAccurate revenue forecasting is the foundation of sound budgeting. This challenging task is an essential tool in governmental planning, and it leads to the smooth operation of any governmental organization. No advance preparation is needed, but knowledge of Excel is recommended. Participants may earn up to 16 CPE credits in economics through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Download course flyer.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about different types of forecasting techniques and various measures of accuracy in revenue streams
  • Employ forecasting techniques to develop a revenue forecast for a government jurisdiction

Lead faculty:

Laura Wheeler, senior research associate (pictured above)

Cost:

  • Regular: $945
  • Public Sector: $665