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News about how your association is a resource for you

Constituent Councils Help Shape NACUBO Plan

For the eighth consecutive year, NACUBO's four constituent councils—the Community Colleges Council, Small Institutions Council, Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Council, and Research Universities Council-convened for daylong meetings in September at the NACUBO offices in Washington, D.C.

Each council's agenda focused primarily on the goals of NACUBO's long-range strategic plan. Members proposed the most relevant issues on which the plan objectives should concentrate to optimally meet the needs of all NACUBO members. The outputs were shared immediately with the NACUBO Board of Directors in time for its September meeting. NACUBO staff will also consider these ideas when they work on the association's 2013–14 operational plan. The councils' suggestions will influence upcoming events and activities, publications, and webcasts and other Web resources, among other products and services.

Council members also discussed the competencies most essential to their current and future role as chief business officers. Their input is critical as the association attempts to cultivate and serve the next generation of CBOs by providing ongoing high-quality training and development opportunities. Their ideas will also help shape the NACUBO National Profile of College and University CBOs and Competencies Survey, coming up in January 2013.

Craig Woody, vice chancellor, business and financial affairs, University of Denver, visits Capitol Hill.

Advocacy Day

Sixteen constituent council members—double the number from last year—and two NACUBO board members held more than 52 meetings with legislators from 14 states on Capitol Hill spanning two days. They discussed with policy makers the effect that certain legislative actions could have on access and affordability at colleges and universities across the country. Some of the key topics discussed were the impact of limiting the tax deduction for charitable contributions, the many benefits of protecting tax-exempt bond financing, and the realities of the rising cost of a college education.

Constituent council members, appointed by the NACUBO president and CEO, serve a three-year term, and have one in-person meeting each fall to get to know one another and establish their agenda for the upcoming 10 months. The councils continue their work via e-mail and conference calls to guide the development of association programs, products, and services.

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Hone Your Accounting Skills

If you're relatively new to the business office or want to brush up on your technical accounting knowledge, then plan to attend the 2013 Intermediate Accounting and Reporting program.

The workshop, which is a comprehensive introduction to higher education accounting, will be held Jan. 28-29, 2013, in Orlando. It presents accounting and financial reporting in the areas of endowments, investments, gifts, split-interest agreements, capital assets, debt, and operating activities. 

You'll receive a thorough explanation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements and standards that are relevant to higher education institutions. You'll also participate in hands-on exercises to help you understand cash flow statements. For complete program information and to register, visit www.nacubo.org or call 800.462.4926.

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Top Fraud Examiner to Speak at Leadership Sessions

Pam MeyerPam Meyer, certified fraud examiner and bestselling author of LieSpotting (St. Martin's Griffin, 2010), will be a keynote speaker at the leadership enhancement sessions at NACUBO's four signature programs in 2013.

Meyer, who teaches managers how to go from spotting lies to building trust, will speak at the Endowment Management Forum, Student Financial Services Conference, Higher Education Accounting Forum, and Tax Forum. She trains executives on facial micro-expression reading, advanced interrogation techniques, body language analysis, and behavior elicitation.

Meyer holds an MBA from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a master's degree in public policy from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.

 

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