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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.

Resources

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.)

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Senior Director, Accounting Policy

202.861.2542


News

MSRB Seeks Comments From Municipal Borrowers on ESG Disclosures

January 6, 2022

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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Upcoming Programs

  • March 28, 2022

    Optimizing the Business Officer’s Role in the Accreditation Process

    June 28, 2022 | 2–2:30 pm ET | Online

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  • July 15, 2022

    2022 New Business Officers (NBO) Program

    July 15–16 | Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center | Denver

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Research

  • May 26, 2022

    NACUBO Benchmarking Tool Frequently Asked Questions

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  • May 26, 2022

    NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) Benchmarking Tool

    The NACUBO TDS Benchmarking Tool allows member institutions to compare their endowment, tuition discounting, and student financial services survey results against self-selected peer group averages.

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Press Releases

  • May 19, 2022

    Tuition Discount Rates at Private Colleges and Universities Hit All-Time Highs

    New NACUBO analysis shows institutions with high admissions selectivity offer smaller discounts

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  • March 09, 2022

    Philanthropies Award NACUBO $3.8 Million in Grants to Advance Student Completion Efforts

    The work will identify financial models that increase equitable outcomes for typically underserved students

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