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Business Officer Magazine

October 2009

Sense About Dollars
Many students don’t know the basics when it comes to managing their own money. Institutions that provide financial literacy programs find that benefits, including better retention, go both ways.

Spinning Straw Into Gold
Using the raw material of programs already in place to serve students, community colleges are taking an entrepreneurial approach that generates much-needed revenue to offset state funding shortfalls and other casualties of the financial crunch.

Low-Carbon Computing
Campus IT has a tough mandate: Meet increased demand for computing capacity while decreasing technology’s carbon load. Five institutions share their strategies.

High Visibility
Knowing that economic uncertainty has thrust business officers into uncustomary limelight, Kevan Buck, NACUBO board chair for 2009–10, has clear intentions: Provide members with the tools for heightened communication and transparency.

Vigilance and Viability
In NACUBO’s new book, Small College Guide to Financial Health: Weathering Turbulent Times, author Michael K. Townsley offers advice on remaining alert to the financial and strategic resources institutions need to withstand economic volatility. This excerpt explains the natural resilience of the basic business model for private institutions, while suggesting other options that may add value—including multinational initiatives and their benefits and risks.

Business Briefs
Short news articles based on research surveys and peers’ business experiences that can benefit institutions

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