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Business Officer Magazine

March 2014

Riding a Rising Tide
A banner year for the markets resulted in a wave of good news for most endowments. The 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments reports on the investment strategies that contributed to robust returns—and the role endowments may play in helping alleviate future fiscal pressures.

All Debt on Deck
The lingering recession and an ebb-and-flow market continue to influence college and university debt policies—including shifting to future users the burden of paying for capital facilities. An industry expert and several chief business officers explain the benefits of an overall capital plan to keep finances afloat.

Coming to Terms
With limited public funds available for higher education, it’s imperative that chief business officers and state budget officials employ a common terminology that describes revenue and cost metrics.

With Clarity for All
Use a process of leadership, alignment, and interactive communication to ensure that senior colleagues understand the financial implications of institutional priorities—and the decisions required to stay clear on a shared strategy.

On Balance
As the brand-new president of the American University in Cairo when revolution erupted in early 2011, Lisa Anderson reflects on lessons learned during turmoil.

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