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Think Differently About Institutional Debt: Is it a Strategic Tool or Undue Burden?

On-Demand | Originally Broadcast on February 9, 2022

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In a shifting interest rate environment, higher education institutions have new factors to consider as they contemplate taking on additional debt. In recent years, institutions have continued to increase the amount of long-term debt that they hold, even as enrollment growth slowed, and excess capacity is expected to be an ongoing challenge. Is the sector approaching a limit to the benefits that debt-financing can provide?

EY-Parthenon’s joint study with NACUBO found that decisions about debt are often made primarily based on financial metrics that indicate if an institution can take on further debt without sufficient attention paid to whether it should. During this webcast, panelists will present and discuss a framework for how institutions might think differently about their debt decisions going forward.

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Finance Endowment and Debt Management Webcast

What You Will Learn

NACUBO’s professional development programs are designed to deliver the skills, concepts, and best practices for success to individuals in the business of higher education. After participating in this program, you will be able to—

  • Assess capital investment value and recognize debt capacity
  • Develop considerations for future decision-making
  • Discuss historic borrowing trends

Who Should Attend

  • Chancellors
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Presidents
  • Treasurers
  • Vice Presidents and Directors of Finance and Administration

Meet The Presenters

  • Paula Amato, senior vice president and CFO, New England College
  • Narahari Sastry, senior vice chancellor and CFO, University of Pittsburgh
  • Haven Ladd, principal, EY-Parthenon, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Susan Shaffer, vice president/senior credit officer, higher education, Moody's Investors Service

CPE Information

There are no CPEs offered for this event.

CPE credit is not available for On-Demand programs at this time.

NACUBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website


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