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NACUBO recognizes the need for specialized training and mentoring for new business officers, and offers a number of programs that balance experience and expertise with practical application to increase new business officers' organizational, personal, and technical competencies.


Microlearning: New to Higher Education

NACUBO's New to Higher Education microlearning course provides an overview of the complexities and nuances of navigating a college or university environment. Each 10-minute episode of the course shares advice and insights of experienced campus leaders. Complete the course however it fits into your schedule-- one episode at a time or all in one sitting.


New Business Officers (NBO) Program

The New Business Officers (NBO) Program is designed to provide resources, information and guidance to those new to the Chief Business Officer role within a higher education setting. Attendance at the New Business Officers Program is limited to first-time chief business and financial officers who report directly to a president or chancellor and who have been in their current positions for less than three years. Participants examine the current complexities of the role and learn from experienced chief business officers, presidents, provosts, NACUBO experts and other pivotal higher education representatives.

Hosted each summer, New Business Officers Program attendance is limited to chief business and financial officers who report directly to the president or chancellor and who have been in their current positions for less than three years. The program boasts more than 500 alumni.

Group photo of 2019 NBO participants

Additional Resources

NACUBO's CBO Speaks podcast series highlights what it takes to be a chief business officer at today's colleges and universities. NACUBO In Brief explores issues affecting colleges and universities and provides best practices for navigating the business of higher education.

In addition, each year NACUBO offers a variety of professional development programs at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels for higher education business professionals.

The 2021 National Profile of Higher Education Chief Business Officers provides information on the career paths, current areas of responsibility, and plans for future career advancement, as well as basic demographic and other characteristics of CBOs at all types of colleges and universities in the U.S.

Successful institutions need a CBO and CAO (Chief Academic Officer) who work well together, communicate openly, jointly present messages and produce action to move the institution forward. This white paper, The CAO-CBO Collaboration Opportunity Cycle, shows a four-step collaborative cycle resulting in a truly collaborative relationship producing action to propel the institution forward.

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