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Business Officer Magazine

July/August 2014

The Heart of the Matter
Staying true to your institution's core mission

Essential Transition
Exploring the college-to-career connection

Tuition Upsets
A few institutions are forgoing annual increases and sending sticker prices downward instead. While hardly a trend, the approach reflects NACUBO’s 2013 Tuition Discount Study findings: Private, independent institutions still struggle to find the right pricing formula.

Funding Outcomes
As more states adopt the performance-based funding model, CBOs can help institutions determine the metrics by which completion is measured.

Investing for Impact
Historically, divestment was associated with South Africa’s apartheid government. Today, the driver is fossil fuel, but the end goal is the same—align investment portfolios with social and financial return goals.

Finances on the Field
Institutions are using a first round of strategies to pull back intercollegiate athletic funding and keep it more apace with what is spent on academic priorities.

Mission: Persistence
Institutions that educate underserved populations are stretched to provide the services their students need for degree completion. To uphold their unique historical vision, leaders do whatever it takes to grow enrollment, support student success, and attract funding.

Predictive Patterns
Pull together data points, view them through a prism of institutional priorities, and what do you get? For higher education administrators, the results are forming a better model on which to project strategic decisions and outcomes.

New Adventures in Outsourcing
Some institutions are putting different spins on an old, reliable cost-saving concept.

Business Intel
A roundup of short news articles and useful resources for business officers

Vantage Point
Spotlight on an institution in one of the constituent groups: small institutions, community colleges, comprehensive/doctoral institutions, or research universities

Federal File
Coverage of legislation and regulatory activity that affects higher education

Back Story
Profiles of individuals in roles that support the work of the chief business officer—and who represent the majority of the Business Officer reading audience

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