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Planning and Budgeting

Rainy-Day Reserves

Developing—and communicating—a financial reserves policy can help institutions pursue and maintain a strong growth position while guarding against unexpected circumstances.
Planning and Budgeting

Preserve Your Reserves

Planful prioritizing of reserves can help ensure that your campus remains nimble when it needs to spend set-aside funds.
Planning and Budgeting

A Different Lens

Although private institutions are viewed differently than public institutions regarding their financial planning and results, their need for reserves is equally great.

Essential Expertise

Today’s CBOs must have the ability to help presidents, cabinet members, and boards of trustees embrace the changes needed to further institution missions and help students thrive.
Student Financial Services

Making Opportunities Knock

By leveraging vendor partnerships, institutions can generate recurring annual internships and permanent employment opportunities for students.
Organizational Effectiveness

Take Hiring to New Heights

To attract future leaders, institutions should develop job descriptions to seek out a wide variety of possible candidates while considering growth potential.
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Planning and Budgeting

The Push for a Policy

The University of Massachusetts’ reserves policy helps stakeholders improve their understanding of financial management.
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Accounting and Financial Reporting

Building a Safety Net

Colorado State University’s systemwide reserves policy helps proactively manage its balance sheet and mitigate future enrollment changes.
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Bridging the Behavior Gap

To help their institutions make smart endowment investments, CBOs must watch out for cognitive biases, ask questions, and back up their decisions with data.
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Cracking the Crypto Code

CBOs continue to have more to learn in order to seize upon the potential of the evolving digital asset space.
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Student Financial Services

Walking the Walk

From expanding access to easing debt, the University of Virginia is laying the groundwork for their students’ financial success.

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Collaborating for Change

The University of California System’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative commits UC to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025. One important strategy for meeting this goal, in addition to buy-in from ...

Advocacy and Action

179D Extension Lays a Foundation for Next Steps

In late December 2019, with time running out on a continuing resolution, Congress and President Trump came to agreement on a set of bills to fund the federal government through the end of FY20. In addition to keeping the lights on in Was...

Leader's Edge

Leaning Into Innovation

Embracing innovation is integral to ensuring the financial viability of our higher education institutions. From traditional educational delivery models to the services and supports we provide students, faculty, and staff, new ways of thi...

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Endowment Management and SFS Awards Recipients

Under Woody, the University of Denver’s endowment ballooned from $25 million to more than $700 million. Though he is quick to credit the strength of the institution’s programs as the lead drivers of endowment growth, Woody was a pivo...

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On With the Show

In fall 2018, the City of Dickinson, N.D., faced the prospect of losing its only movie theater when a local mall decided not to renew its lease with Odyssey Entertainment Inc., which operates the Odyssey theater chain. The next closest m...

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Michael Dei, Houston Baptist University, Texas

When he speaks at an upcoming reception for current first-generation students at Houston Baptist University, Michael Dei plans to recite “Thinking,” a favorite poem of his by Walter D. Wintle that begins:


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Debt Management

An Uncertain Outlook

March 2019

Risk Management and Campus Security

Confronting Catastrophe

January 2018