CEA Case Study

July 16, 2015

CEA Case Study:

Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) specializes in foreign study programs for college students from the United States and Canada, annually enrolling about 4,000 students at campuses in 15 countries. With such widespread operations, it can be a challenge to make good decisions about where to spend financial resources and how to price services at each location. For CEA, planning was especially difficult because corporate planners had no reliable information about actual costs.


  • Inconsistent and inaccurate data between offices and corporate
  • No workflow control or process management
  • Budgeting was a chaotic, unending process of correction and revision


  • Consistency in budget formats
  • Consolidate data from disparate systems
  • Facilitate comparisons of office budgets
  • Cloud delivery method results in easy information access
  • Budgeting is a timely process so each iteration results in improvement and growth


  • High-level reports provided to senior management, enabling better-informed decisions
  • Collaboration between once isolated site directors means information is shared and learning opportunities are created
  • Supervisors can share with employees how their performance affects overall company performance

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