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Webcasts You Don't Want to Miss

How does predictive analytics drive institutional performance? What performance plans are taking shape on campuses today and how can data be used most effectively? These were some of the topics discussed by a panel in an October 4 webcast on business intelligence and ways institutions have changed their campus cultures to embrace data-driven decision making.

Speakers included Robert Fenning, vice president, administration and finance, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia; Lisa Sheldon, director of change management, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio; Brant Wright, controller, Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, Troy, Michigan; and Scott Cupach and Kevin Meldorf, representatives from Ellucian. To watch a recording of the webcast, visit

Upcoming webcasts include:

  • Budget Models and Process: Challenges Facing Institutions Today. This webcast will examine aspects surrounding resource allocation from both the public and private institution perspectives.
  • Hiring for a Global Campus—Why A Textbook Approach Won't Work. Attendees looking to hire in international regions will gain a better understanding of local statutory requirements, employment laws overseas, and key risk areas.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: What You Need to Know When Conducting Research or Educational Activities in This Region. Find out how to  identify risk factors and learn best practices to help mitigate risks.

For more information, visit the Distance Learning section at

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Two More White Papers Available

Two more online white papers are available as part of CFO Perspectives-a series that examines the role of a chief financial officer in different institutional or operational settings. NACUBO is releasing individual titles periodically throughout 2012—the association's 50th anniversary year—and they are available for free.

The two newest papers in the series are:

  • "The Faith-Based Institution: A Case Study" by Michael J. Lochhead. The author provides a case study on decisions regarding resource allocation, strategic planning, and leadership by faith-based institutions that must consider their religious, intellectual traditions, and tenets.
  • "The Financially Stressed Institution" by Tyler A. Kelsch. Readers learn the importance of developing a comprehensive analysis, including a realistic financial goal, a rigorous plan of action, and working with the chief academic officer and president.

To read the CFO Perspectives papers and watch for additional titles to come, visit Online Publications under the Products tab at

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Submit Your Session Proposals

Now's the time to submit your proposal idea for a concurrent session at the NACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting, the 2013 Student Financial Services Conference, and the 2013 Higher Education Accounting Forum.

Plans are well under way for these conferences. The annual meeting will take place July 13–16 in Indianapolis, and will feature the theme "Driving Innovation." NACUBO will accept proposals for the meeting until Oct. 15, 2012. For more information and to submit a proposal online, visit

You can submit your proposal idea for the Student Financial Services Conference, to be held March 10–12 in Austin, until Oct. 26, 2012. The Higher Education Accounting Forum will be held May 19–21 in Savannah. NACUBO will accept proposal ideas for the forum until Dec. 2, 2012. For more information and to submit a proposal online, visit

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Learn More About Managerial Analysis and Decision Support

Business officers know that managerial analysis and decision support is integral to well-run higher education institutions. The Managerial Analysis and Decision Support workshop, December 6-7, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will explore core concepts and techniques required to tackle resource allocation, financial management, costing, analysis, communication, and collaboration.

You'll also learn about revenue forecasting, ratios, costing methodologies, budgeting, performance measurement, capital planning, pricing, the operating environment, overhead recovery, and management reporting. College and university experts will present case studies and moderate group discussions.

For more information and to register for these workshops, visit

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