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In the February 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.

The Accounting Year in Review. This annual update highlights the ongoing work of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. GASB's recent activities include the launch in December of an ambitious survey of financial statement preparers as the next phase of its research on financial reporting timeliness. Meanwhile, FASB continues examining the not-for-profit reporting model.

A Guide to Searching and Filling Positions. With the anticipated exodus of chief business officers already taking place, the resulting turnover at other management levels requires that new hires must hit the ground running. Understanding and using best practices for searching and filling positions can bump up the likelihood of the institution's chances for effective recruiting results. Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Ind., tells its story of effective hiring during a time of leadership transition and reorganization. The eight-step sequence involves reevaluation of open positions, strategic advertising of positions, initial phone screening, and much more.

The CBO's Role in Effective Technology Strategy. Advancements in technology have changed expectations of students and faculty, when it comes to support for their own devices and IT use. Keeping up with those growing demands can be boosted by a synergistic relationship between the chief business officer and the chief information officer. Collaborating on monthly meetings among stakeholders in various IT projects, data-driven decisions about the most effective use of the IT budget, and business processes that support institutional mission are a few of the activities to which Ithaca College's CBO and CIO attribute positive results of their work together.  

Delivery of Textbooks and Course Materials Continues to Evolve. For better course and graduation completion rates, institutions want their students to have access to high-quality, low-cost textbooks and ensure that they have those materials by the time their classes start. Here's an in-depth look into what some institutions are doing in order to address textbook affordability and availability.

The final deadline to reserve your advertising space in the February issue is Friday, January 8, as long as space remains available. Materials are due no later than January 16. You can find our 2016 Marketing kit.


Latosha McNeal
Manager, Business Development