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  • Enhancing E-Portfolio Effectiveness
    June 27, 2014
    The online collection of a student’s work adds an emphasis on reflection for deeper understanding of what the student is learning.
  • Software Rollout Features Personal Touch
    June 27, 2014
    Read how Transylvania University introduced a new analytics tool on campus.
  • Readings on the Value of College
    June 27, 2014
    The following resources provide additional background on the value of higher education and the important role of colleges and universities in preparing students for the world of work.
  • Rethink Your Trash
    May 28, 2014
    Creative strategies can modify behavior and move an institution toward the goal of zero waste on campus.
  • Oops. How About an IT Do-Over?
    April 1, 2014
    Steer clear of these common administrative technology mistakes with the sage advice of these four business officers.
  • Technology Trends and Implications for Campus Security
    April 1, 2014
    From license plate reader systems to GPS installation into firearms, emerging technologies are making their way to campus security departments. As these tools mature, campus police and university administration will need to collaborate on the best means to use them—safely and legally.
  • Media Skills for a New Scenario
    March 25, 2014
    A 24/7 news cycle and an ever-expanding number of communication methods make way for more-effective higher education messaging.
  • Why and How to Go Global
    February 1, 2014
    American University in Cairo (AUC) President Lisa Anderson discusses the risks and benefits of pursuing international opportunities.
  • Designed With Interaction in Mind
    February 1, 2014
    The popularity of prototype classrooms that facilitate more flexible learning has prompted Estrella Mountain Community College to adopt and expand its learning studio model.
  • Corporate Context
    December 1, 2013
    How do higher education employers compare to their corporate counterparts with the types of wellness benefits and incentives offered? A number of recent surveys provide context and data to help answer the question.
  • What’s a FAFSA?
    December 1, 2013
    Elgin Community College creates a financial literacy program that consolidates key information for students and parents.
  • The Artful Strategic Plan
    December 1, 2013
    The professional skills used to create an exhibition—when applied to higher education strategic planning—can lead to the new perspectives so critical to organizational improvement.
  • Launching $ Literacy Is as Easy as F-O-C-U-S
    December 1, 2013
    Syracuse University creates a model that can help your institution launch a financial literacy program.
  • The Total Package
    November 1, 2013
    Typically, the largest and most significant facilities’ efforts are focused on getting a building up and running in the first place. However, these projects then take on a long and permanent life of their own—with costs that far exceed initial design and construction. Some colleges and universities are turning to a total cost of ownership (TCO) model that factors in the additional maintenance and replacement costs that make for more realistic plans and forecasts.
  • Taking Responsibility
    October 1, 2013
    Socially responsible investing is a student concern, both for institutional endowments and for student-managed investment funds.
  • Some Space Allocation Surprises
    September 30, 2013
    On many campuses, administrative office space far outstrips the square footage of classroom facilities. Such a mismatch of space and mission offers opportunities and incentives for evaluating use, creating efficiencies, and reassigning space—all of which can yield substantial savings, while supporting the institution’s priorities.
  • More Annual Meeting Concurrent Session Summaries
    August 1, 2013
    Bonus coverage of the NACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, July 13‒16.
  • The EU’s Five-Pillar Sustainability Plan
    July 1, 2013
    Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, has been an adviser to the European Union for the past decade and is the principle architect of the EU’s long-term economic sustainability plan to address what Rifkin calls “the third industrial revolution.” In a recent interview with Business Officer, Rifkin provided the following overview of that commitment.
  • Secondary Considerations
    July 1, 2013
    University-sponsored MOOCs also hit their mark with high school students.
  • Getting Up to Speed
    July 1, 2013
    On-campus learning centers help boost international students’ language skills, classroom performance, and retention rates.
  • Designing Diversity: Build Your Strategic Plan
    July 1, 2013
    At Georgia State University, commitment to expanding access and opportunity is so strong that campus leaders develop the institution’s diversity and strategic plans in parallel.
  • Learning Lab: Soil Remediation
    June 1, 2013
    The Wellsville campus of Alfred State College in western New York provides an outdoor laboratory for soil remediation.
  • Breaking Attainment Barriers
    June 1, 2013
    Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis identifies key barriers that must be removed for more Americans to participate and succeed in earning a higher education credential.
  • No Stone Unturned
    June 1, 2013
    Texas A&M’s Water Conservation and Technology Center has a strategy for identifying and developing all potential water resource options.
  • RCM: Consider This
    April 25, 2013
    Through trial and error, business officers have learned a number of lessons about operating with responsibility center management.
  • Strength in Numbers
    April 25, 2013
    Three higher education institutions play a vital role in the city planning efforts of the Springfield, Missouri, greater metro area.
  • Community Engagement Resources
    April 25, 2013
    College and university leaders are seeking ways to align all of their institutions’ assets—financial, human capital, and academic expertise—with the particular needs of local residents in their communities. Here is a collection of resources to help.
  • Women Are Not There Yet
    April 25, 2013
    Coanchor of the PBS NewsHour and anchor of Conversations With Judy Woodruff, a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, Washington correspondent Judy Woodruff reflects on the strides women have made in politics and the professions.
  • Compounding Employee Savings
    April 1, 2013
    Plan design features such as automatic enrollment and the offering of life-cycle funds can encourage your faculty and staff to boost their retirement investments.
  • Reworking Retirement Plan Resources
    April 1, 2013
    New ERISA requirements prompted an overall review of the William Peace University retirement plan, resulting in increased communication and higher employee participation.
  • Charting a Data-Driven Strategy
    February 1, 2013
    While partnering with presidents and provosts, business officers must develop a new dialogue, a new set of tools, and a new set of behaviors with data-driven outcomes.
  • In This Together
    February 1, 2013
    If higher education institutions intend to move forward to meet ever-more-challenging strategic goals and objectives, collaboration with and outreach to a multitude of partners is essential. Often overlooked, however, are those relationships that exist in the institution’s own backyard.
  • Putting E-Textbooks to the Test
    February 1, 2013
    Participating in a series of pilot projects is allowing the University of Wisconsin–Madison to experiment with the impact of electronic textbooks on teaching and learning.
  • Taking Technology Transfer Up a Notch
    February 1, 2013
    While many research universities have active commercialization programs, some generate only marginal amounts of revenue, or are relative newcomers to the process. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), affiliated with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is notable in its history of long-term success.
  • Boosting Student Financial Success
    February 1, 2013
    Gerri Walsh, president of the FINRA Foundation, highlights some of the foundation’s outreach efforts to advance financial education.
  • Benefits of a Backward Look by the Board’s Investment Committee
    December 1, 2012
    It can be far more difficult to evaluate the work of a voluntary committee than that of peers and staff. But, for the board’s investment committee, a look in the rearview mirror can reveal areas of opportunity, the need to reassess individual responsibilities, and ways to improve the group’s overall effectiveness.
  • Western Governors Takes Hold
    December 1, 2012
    At a time when new requirements for content development and course delivery are pushing the U.S. higher education sector to innovate like never before, the success of the Western Governors University model is spreading across the country.
  • Finishing What We Start
    November 1, 2012
    The goals of college access and completion are much in the public eye. A session at the 2012 Annual Women Administrators in Higher Education (WAHE) conference in Washington, D.C., in September, gave cause for optimism when early engagement leads students to the higher education path.
  • The Cost Benefit of Accommodation
    October 1, 2012
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Accommodation Network helps higher education institutions create an inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities.
  • A Selection of Concurrent Session Summaries
    October 1, 2012
    The following coverage of the NACUBO 2012 Annual Meeting, in the Washington, D.C., area, shows the variety and depth of programming at this 50th anniversary celebration of NACUBO’s founding. The four articles highlight sessions focused on (1) the cost of donor cultivation and lucrative relationship building, (2) translating institution data into specific plans for ongoing maintenance and capital renewal, (3) effective collaboration in developing research parks, and (4) advice on tax-exempt bond compliance. For expansive coverage of the 2012 annual meeting, see the October issue of Business Officer.
  • Mary Lai on Finances, Faculty, and Family
    September 1, 2012
    The recipient of the association's first Pathfinder Award, presented during the NACUBO 2012 Annual Meeting, shares her observations.
  • Common Errors During Financial Emergencies
    July 1, 2012
    Budget flexibility is key for the chief financial officer when the unexpected occurs. Here are common pitfalls to avoid in dealing with emergencies.
  • More Great Ideas That Changed the Business Office
    July 1, 2012
    Members share their personal take on why they’re able to work better and smarter because of significant new ideas in the last 25 or more years.
  • Critical External Relationships of the Chief Financial Officer
    July 1, 2012
    A plethora of outside pressures requires everything from detailed accountability measures to burgeoning data gathering and financial reporting. Here's a primer that addresses three key compliance areas.
  • Management of Business Operations
    July 1, 2012
    A checklist that includes activities in key functional areas can help you and your division cover all the bases in meeting budget and financial goals.
  • STARS Turns Five
    June 1, 2012
    The sustainability assessment tool now allows institutions to share data with other campus reporting organizations.
  • Benefits of a Robust Onboard Orientation
    May 1, 2012
    An improved orientation process for new hires at the University of South Florida focuses on the big picture of organizational mission, vision, and values—while still gathering the nitty-gritty human resources and benefits details.
  • Restructured Facilities Maintenance Processes Lower Costs, Increase Staff Efficiency
    April 4, 2012
    A pilot project at the University of Michigan demonstrated the significant performance improvements to be achieved by revamping logistics and staffing for maintaining campus facilities.
  • The General Counsel and the CFO: Partners in Compliance
    March 1, 2012
    Increasing fiduciary and compliance responsibilities make collaboration between the legal and business sides of the institution essential to managing all aspects of 21st-century opportunities in higher education.
  • Renovation and Revival
    February 1, 2012
    As a downtown campus, King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, wanted to make sure that maintaining or upgrading appearances was part of its updated campus master plan. The college establishes public and private partnerships to develop and renovate blighted buildings in the area.
  • Starting With Sustainability
    February 1, 2012
    Just as an institution commits to maintaining a link between its mission and its approach to facilities management, it also focuses on the role of energy use in its master planning.
  • Finding a Market for Good Ideas
    February 1, 2012
    The Enterprise Center at Calvin College encourages development of intellectual property and provides an environment for students and faculty alike to move conceptual ideas to practical reality.
  • Eight Common Obstacles
    January 1, 2012
    At many colleges and universities, administrative cost reduction is the centerpiece of a long-term strategy to balance budgets and reduce pressures on tuition. But, the very nature of a higher education institution can make this process very challenging.
  • Help Them to Tell Like It Is
    January 1, 2012
    Want feedback on your institution’s budget and finance processes, but unsure how to get it? Try starting with questions developed by American University when campus leaders embarked on ways to stay ahead of the curve of unanticipated challenges.
  • Balancing Expectation and Reality
    December 1, 2011
    Sustainability has long been part of the conversation among those living on Cape Cod, including the leadership of Cape Cod Community College. With economic constraints likely to persist, the college’s grander energy goals rely on thorough cost-benefit analyses coupled with a big dose of patience.
  • Next-Generation Environmental Stewards
    December 1, 2011
    As colleges and universities make significant strides in effective energy efforts, the CBO is joining other campus leaders in the related decision making. But who will carry the environmental leadership torch into the future? Here are some ideas for starting a conversation that might answer this question.
  • A Change Manager’s Wise Counsel
    October 1, 2011
    Incremental improvements, a five-point plan, and a thick skin helped Norean Sharpe turn around Georgetown’s undergraduate school of business. In her keynote at the recent WAHE Conference, which focused on achieving transformational change, Sharpe shared effective strategies for “getting change right.”
  • At UNC, Students Fund Their Own Environmental Efforts
    October 1, 2011
    In less than a decade, student-led sustainability projects at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have reached a $1 million milestone, and include a residence hall’s solar hot water system and geothermal wells for an education center.
  • College Athletics: Necessary, Not Just Nice to Have
    September 1, 2011
    College and university athletics suffer the occasional black eye, admits the provost at Oklahoma State University, who has viewed this controversial area from several perspectives. Here, he presents the case that college athletics play a key—perhaps even necessary—role in a well-rounded higher education experience.
  • Lean Bench, Better Processes
    September 1, 2011
    With many institutions already having made the difficult decision to downsize staff, the reality for most is that there is more work to do with fewer people to do it. Here’s how one senior leader is handling the challenge.
  • Concurrent Sessions Cover Compliance and Collaboration
    September 1, 2011
    This bonus coverage of the NACUBO 2011 Annual Meeting, in Tampa, Florida, focuses on two presentations about organizationwide activities. One session explains that compliance rules are moving from a “gotcha” enforcement mentality to a “let’s agree on our ethical values” approach. The other describes the reasons why colocating a community college and a university has been such an effective move for both institutions. For comprehensive coverage of the 2011 annual meeting, see the September issue of Business Officer.
  • Signs of Recovery for Net Tuition Revenue
    June 30, 2011
    Findings of the 2010 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study show that, despite increased discount rates, overall net tuition revenue is recovering from significant drops in 2008.
  • Behind the Scenes in Doha
    June 30, 2011
    After signing an agreement in May 2010 with the Supreme Education Council of Qatar to establish the Community College of Qatar, Houston Community College had only a few months to prepare for CCQ’s first students in the fall. The new college’s chief business officer reflects on the fast-track effort.
  • In Higher Education We Trust
    June 30, 2011
    Giving back, paving the way, securing resources—trustees are responsible for all this and more. Why do they choose to serve?
  • Coming to America
    June 1, 2011
    An American education may give them status and opportunity, but international students worry, “Will I fit in?”
  • Green Mountain's Green Energy
    June 1, 2011
    A student-led study and proposal to replace the oil heating plant with a biomass plant help the college make big gains in curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • To Innovate, Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
    May 2, 2011
    Leaders of four institutions that captured NACUBO 2010 Innovation Awards explain how to set the stage for fresh thinking.
  • Fostering a Risk-Taking Culture
    May 1, 2011
    While leaders often focus on success, failure also leaves useful clues. In the book, Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes, authors explain how negative results can be deciphered in ways that make organizations and their leaders smarter and more effective.
  • Tough Choices for America
    April 1, 2011
    NACUBO 2011 Annual Meeting keynote speaker Alan K. Simpson shares his opinions on what the United States must do to regain fiscal sustainability.
  • Volatility Dominates Endowment Forum Discussion
    March 1, 2011
    As endowment performance showed sharp improvement over the negative returns of the past two years, presenters at the NACUBO 2011 Endowment Management Forum focused on issues related to market volatility.
  • Student Success Strategies
    March 1, 2011
    Kaplan Higher Education’s Peter Smith discusses five approaches for enhancing student success.
  • Bridging the Distance Gaps
    February 4, 2011
    Distance learning continues to gain significant ground in higher education enrollments. But, many institutions face several challenges related to cost and access.
  • Who's There?
    February 4, 2011
    Although Millennials are expected to embrace online learning, adult learners also will pursue distance learning as it fits in with their busy schedules and offers solutions for career change and advancement. A recent survey profiles online learners and institutions that serve them.
  • Meeting the Challenges of Parking
    January 5, 2011
    Here are resources, including links to college and university parking Web pages, and information available at the International Parking Institute.
  • Market Share Aware
    January 3, 2011
    American Distance Education Consortium plans several projects to help its members to market their distance education programs—an area that requires a big boost.
  • Hot off the Press
    December 1, 2010
    The University of Kansas is participating in a pilot program to test uses of an on-demand printing system. Turning part of the bookstore into a printing center has reduced textbook costs, allowed the university to serve as a publisher for faculty authors, and provided self-publishing capabilities.
  • Eye on the Presidency
    November 3, 2010
    Dream big. That’s the advice of chief business officers who kept climbing the education career ladder until each reached the top.
  • Sessions Review Risks and Returns of Capital Projects
    October 1, 2010
    This bonus coverage of the NACUBO 2010 Annual Meeting centers on two presentations about working capital. One session advised on attractive partnerships for completing construction projects, while the other outlined a tiered approach to managing capital—from the standpoints of risk and return, cost and rewards, and liquidity. For comprehensive coverage of the 2010 annual meeting in San Francisco, see the October issue of <em>Business Officer</em>.
  • Supply Side Impacts
    October 1, 2010
    An assessment of most-used products and their related carbon emissions is providing an important baseline for educating Michigan State University’s internal purchasing managers—and determining what can be done to source products closer to home.
  • Private Institution Transfer Tactics
    September 2, 2010
    Although they may first have to overcome a reputation for pricey tuitions, private institutions can compete effectively for top community college students.
  • Ask Questions Before You Agree to Agree
    September 2, 2010
    Forging articulation agreements takes some doing. Here’s some advice for keeping transfers on track.
  • Virtual Frugality
    September 2, 2010
    Cost-cutting and slashed travel budgets have bumped up videoconferencing’s popularity and expanded its application. See how institutions are using it to foster economical communication and collaboration.
  • Building a Conflict-Competent Culture
    July 2, 2010
    In an interview with Lamont Stallworth, professor at the Institute of Human Resources and Employment Relations, Loyola University Chicago, the expert on conflict resolution discusses why college and university leaders should support an integrated approach to conflict management on their campuses.
  • In the Market for Student Investors
    July 2, 2010
    Student-managed investment programs are a growing trend in finance education. Making decisions on “real” portfolios prepares finance students for performance volatility—and makes them hot commodities in a cool job market.
  • Looking at Clouds From Both Sides
    July 2, 2010
    At an EDUCAUSE-NACUBO conference in early 2010, higher education leaders discussed the promise and peril of above-campus computing. After the meeting, EDUCAUSE followed up with some of the participants to dig deeper into the discussion.
  • Using Endowed Scholarships to Finance Higher Education
    June 4, 2010
    With increasing tuition costs, limited financial resources, and increasing student debt, endowed scholarships are playing an even more important role in helping students to fund higher education. Ensuring an efficient management process can make optimal use of this scarce resource.
  • The Case for Institutional Advancement
    June 4, 2010
    John Lippincott, president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, continues his discussion of fundraising challenges with Craig Bazzani of the University of Illinois Foundation.
  • CBOs Reflect on Recession-Related Role Shifts
    May 4, 2010
    Last fall, NACUBO members answered a short e-mail poll about how the downturn has affected the role of chief business officer. Here are some of their responses.
  • Open Invitations for Feedback
    April 1, 2010
    Members of the campus community can contribute helpful suggestions and guidance, whether decision making involves budget cuts or other initiatives.
  • Put On Your Parking Brake
    April 1, 2010
    Efforts to green transportation at colleges and universities must start with recognizing the total emissions and full costs associated with current parking systems.
  • Emerging From the Crisis: Endowment Forum Highlights
    March 5, 2010
    After a dismal year for endowments, the NACUBO 2010 Endowment Management forum was light on talk of investment opportunities. Rather, presenters warned of ballooning government debt and the downside of excessive monetary expansion; several mentioned gold as a good hedge against paper currencies and inflation.
  • When the Price Is Right
    March 5, 2010
    Whether buying a car or a college education, students are demanding value.
  • Access to Added Financial Resources
    February 1, 2010
    State and federal aid can help students with disabilities finance their college costs. Here are some key sources of support.
  • Forging a Strong Chain
    February 1, 2010
    Founded a decade ago, the Collegiate Retail Alliance brings benefits of buying power, best practices, and technology to dozens of independent college stores.
  • Public-Private Partnerships: It’s the Right Time
    January 6, 2010
    When you couple tight capital with spiraling enrollment, colleges and universities begin to fall behind in developing facilities to accommodate growth. Read how some institutions are striking deals with student housing developers to keep up with residential requirements.
  • Higher Ed Hiring Outlook
    January 6, 2010
    Reports from HigherEdJobs.com and the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer depict slowed job growth this year, but a more hopeful view for FY10.
  • First Responders
    November 3, 2009
    Community and technical colleges are training workers for a sustainable economy, in collaboration with industry partners and others.
  • Seeking and Securing Changes That Stick
    November 1, 2009
    Robin Krakowsky summarizes the major findings in her research of factors that influence an institution’s ability to sustain major upgrades in administrative student services.
  • An IT Assessment of Campus Sustainability
    October 5, 2009
    Here are preliminary findings of a major study on the status of green IT at higher education campuses, conducted recently by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR).
  • Six Strategies for Cutting Virtual Carbon
    October 5, 2009
    Here are six initiatives colleges and universities are implementing to varying degrees to reduce IT-related costs and energy consumption.
  • Customized Training Creates Revenue
    October 5, 2009
    A nuclear energy workforce development program brings additional revenue to Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio.
  • Extra Inning With Ripken
    August 31, 2009
    In an interview with <em>Business Officer</em>, baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. builds on his keynote address at the NACUBO 2009 Annual Meeting in Boston. With interviewer John Walda, NACUBO president and CEO, Ripken shares the ways that some of his toughest sports challenges might apply to the tight spots in which business officers find themselves today.
  • Key Conference Themes: Serving Students and Promoting Sustainability
    August 28, 2009
    The NACUBO 2009 Annual Meeting coverage continues online with an article providing advice on student-enrollment strategies and some unusual ways to engage students and campuses in efforts to go green.
  • A Tale of Two Systems
    August 26, 2009
    Enrollment management strategies at the University System of New Hampshire and the California State University System reflect starkly different geographic realities. While USNH projects a dwindling market, CSU is struggling to serve a growing population. Despite the contrasts, each can learn from the other.
  • Risk Assessment Reaches a New Level
    July 31, 2009
    The University of Missouri System is taking a top-down approach to enterprise risk management, focusing on large-scale institutional risks and opportunities.
  • Compostable or Reusable?
    June 1, 2009
    What are the best containers for takeout food on campus? Here are some considerations.
  • A Private University’s Decade of Military Support
    June 1, 2009
    In contrast to institutions that are new to attracting veterans, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, branded itself as a military-friendly university more than a decade ago. Here are details of Liberty’s approach.