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Business Officer Magazine

June 2014

Going for Zero
Commitments to carbon neutrality have challenged colleges and universities to rethink their energy options and infrastructure, prompting creative financing approaches and new education and outreach opportunities.

Bond Ratings Begin to Part Ways
New research points to rating agencies’ differing methodologies, which have led to more split-rating results. Whatever the institution’s overall credit ranking, the chief business officer’s understanding of these changing positions can be useful in bond management.

A Full Accounting Plate
With packed agendas, both the GASB and the FASB will soon be issuing multiple proposals and statements. Already, public institutions are facing a major implementation on pensions in FY15, while independent institutions are watching for changes in the not-for-profit reporting model.

Get Used to a Lower Speed Limit
A 20-year veteran journalist with The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes projects a solid U.S. economic recovery later this year, with a 2 percent growth rate now considered respectable. A NACUBO annual meeting keynoter, she also sees a transformational period for higher education that is just beginning to gear up.

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

Business Officer Plus