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Weathering Turbulent Times

Small College Guide to Financial Health: Weathering Turbulent Times

By Michael K. Townsley

This publication examines the financial and strategic resources that private colleges and universities must have in place to withstand the storm. Small college presidents, CFOs, planners, chief academic officers, and board members will find substantive guidance on analyzing financial condition, reshaping strategy, and implementing best practices.


Debt Financing & Management - Find resources on institutional debt policy and management, the bond issuance and rating processes, typical debt vehicles, and common measures of creditworthiness.

Treasury Management - Find resources on effective cash management--maximizing short-term investment income, minimizing expenses, and streamlining processes associated with cash flows in the most cost-effective manner.

Moody's Rating Roadmap (April 2009) - "U.S. Colleges and Universities Rating Roadmap: Focus on Special Risks During Recession & Credit Crisis." (Reprinted with permission from Moody's Investor Services, Inc.)


Sue Menditto

Senior Director, Accounting Policy



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As voluntary environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures, along with the marketing of ESG-Labeled Bonds, have grown, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board is seeking input on these practices and implications for issuer protection, investor protection, and fairness in the securities market.

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  • September 2, 2021

    NACUBO Joins Amicus Briefs on COVID-19 Tuition Lawsuits

    Some students who were displaced from campus due to the coronavirus pandemic and their parents have filed lawsuits for tuition refunds. NACUBO joined 18 other associations in an amicus brief countering the assertion that the pivot to online operations caused by COVID-19 was somehow a financial windfall for institutions and are working to detail the tremendous costs institutions have incurred.

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  • November 27, 2019

    Projecting College Closures Draws Scrutiny and Demands Self-Reflection

    NACUBO President and CEO Susan Whealler Johnston shares her deep concern with a recent attempt to predict colleges' demise and offers guidance for communicating your financial information.

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  • February 28, 2023

    Spark Transformation: Be Decision-Ready for Today and Prepared for Tomorrow

    June 6, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Online | Presented by Prophix | 1 CPE Credit |

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    Choose Your NACUBO Analytics Adventure

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  • May 22, 2023

    NACUBO Student Financial Services Policies and Procedures Report

    The SFS Policies and Procedures Report is based on a triennial survey that examines and illuminates a wide range of college and university studetn financial services policies and practices.

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  • April 27, 2023

    NACUBO Benchmarking Tool Frequently Asked Questions

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Press Releases

  • May 11, 2023

    NACUBO Selects 17 Higher Education Business Officers for 2023-24 Fellows Program

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  • April 24, 2023

    Tuition Discount Rates at Private Colleges and Universities Top 50 Percent

    Estimates in a new NACUBO report show tuition discounting hit all-time highs.

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