Organizations’ outdated processes are causing them to spend nearly twice as much on invoicing processes.

Many colleges and universities have not automated key financial processes, and as a result many don’t understand just how much these processes are costing them. Often overlooked in technological upgrades, higher education invoicing processes are often outdated, causing slow turnaround time, costing money, and, at times, introducing inaccuracies.

A recent study, for example, found that 35 percent of higher education food invoices carry at least one overcharge. At the same time, according to American Productivity and Quality Center research, labor comprises 62 percent of total Accounts Payable costs. Because labor costs play such a huge role in how much an invoice costs to process, some organizations’ outdated processes are causing them to spend nearly twice as much on invoicing processes as they would with more efficient processes.

All of that adds up to a lot of room for – and a lot of avenues to – improvement. However, so many moving parts can make finding inefficiencies difficult.

How slow is too slow?

And how much is too much to spend processing an invoice? Those can be tough questions to answer when all you have to compare against is your own performance. Fortunately, you’re not alone in having these questions or in getting these answers.

In my years of experience, I’ve streamlined and cut costs in many higher education invoicing processes. As a result, I’ve seen a variety of approaches and their results, as well as working with teams to design and implement improvements. By partnering with a third-party expert, you no longer have to wonder how your processes stack up against your colleagues’ because your expert partner has seen how your colleagues’ processes work.

With that in mind, we’ve developed a self-assessment tool aimed at helping you see how advanced your approach to higher education invoicing processes is and identifying areas for potential improvement. Of course, such a tool can never replace an in-depth conversation with someone who knows the higher education space across many colleges and universities, but it can help you decide where to start that conversation, or where to start your own deeper self-analysis.

If you have five minutes and an interest in lower turnaround times, greater accuracy, and decreased costs, answer these quick questions and see where your findings lead you.

The Higher Education Invoicing Assessment: Are Your Processes Truly Productive?

This self-assessment tool aims to help you see how advanced your approach to invoicing processes is, and identify areas for potential improvement. Answer these quick questions, and in a few minutes’ time, you can see how you may be able to improve your own processes.