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In the May issue of Business Officer magazine, discover what college and university leaders are discussing today. With more than 25,000 decision-makers in a $400 billion higher education market Business Officer magazine remains a required read for business and finance leaders in higher education.

Halftime Report. In the decade since Second Nature's launch of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, hundreds of higher education institution signatories have been hard at work, developing climate action plans and selecting target dates for achieving carbon neutrality. Some of these colleges and universities are at or near the halfway mark of those established dates. So, where do things stand? This article checks in with a handful of institutions across the country to find out what's working to reduce their carbon footprint, what leaders have learned along the way, and where they plan to focus efforts next. Also profiled: a systemwide approach by the University of California to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.  

Campus Unrest. In the face of rising identity differences and other tensions, college and university leaders are finding ways to build a campus culture of tolerance and respect-while establishing processes that minimize disruption when confrontation does occur. At one university, a Campus Climate Response Team serves as a universitywide response team, developing and implementing appropriate actions when incidents impact the institution. 

Agenda Mover Skills. A high-potential leadership program at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., points out four critical competencies to help change agents move past turf battles and roadblocks to achieve targeted goals. The program's creators explain and show examples of the four tools: developing contextual awareness of the change environment, anticipating others' agendas, mobilizing initial support, and negotiating buy in.  

Interview With Thomas Friedman. Colleges and universities must keep pace not only with the education requirements of a rapidly changing marketplace, but also fundamentally rethink their relationships with students. That's the assessment of New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, opening general session speaker at the upcoming NACUBO 2017 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, July 29-August 1.      In this interview with Business Officer, Friedman makes the case for higher education institutions to begin seeing and treating students as lifelong learners; rethink their cost models; and work in partnership with local businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities to strengthen their communities. He also expands on some of the key arguments of his latest book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.

The final deadline to reserve your advertising space in the May issue is Monday, April 10, as long as space remains available. Materials are due no later than April 17. You can find our 2017 Marketing kit.


Latosha McNeal
Manager, Business Development