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COVID-19: Bracing for Impact

Financial Management | Business officers discuss priorities, decision-making processes, possible financial impacts for the current and future fiscal years, and more. The past few weeks have seen incredible upheaval to all aspects of daily life, including our work at independent schools....


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The BIIS Journey: Get on Board by October 11

CEO Notebook | Access data and tools that will help you lead your school to financial success. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Four years ago, when NBOA embarked on the journey to develop a data collection platform, our goal was to offer benchmarking,...


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5 Minutes with Constance Neary and Alex Miller, United Educators: Shifts, Not Quakes, in the Risk Landscape

Risk Management | External pressures have replaced operational pressures as top-of-mind risks among school leaders, while sexual misconduct issues continue to reverberate at a national level. Interview by Cecily Garber From the July/August 2019 Net Assets magazine Contance...


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It’s Time to Commit

Projections | From the archives: How can online learning simultaneously mitigate the financial pressures facing our schools and reinforce our ability to personalize the learning experience? This article originally appeared in the September/October 2015 Net Assets magazine . ...


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Your Everyday Pursuit of Financial Health

CEO Notebook | A few tools can help school leaders and the board understand long-term school finances more clearly, talk more productively and act more proactively. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Like many of you, I have been paying close attention to...


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Accounting Standard Updates Enter Second Year

Financial Management | Article by Christopher S. Maynard, Klatzkin & Company LLP As we near the end of fiscal 2019, business officers can look back on a full year of implementing the (relatively) new not-for-profit accounting standard updates. The Financial Accounting Standards...


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Students Participate in Budget Decisions

(from Hechinger Report) This year, New York City became the second school district in the nation to allow participatory budgeting, in which students have a say in the school budget (Phoenix was the first a few years ago). The process teaches students how to identify needs in their schools, find...


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New Tool Calculates ROI on Mental Health Investments

(from the American Council on Education) Investing time and resources in student mental health makes good academic and economic sense for colleges and society at large, according to recent research by the American Council on Education. How much those investments pay off can be measured using...


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Three Positive Trendlines on the Cusp of Spring

CEO Notebook | Data show independent school finances improved last year, in terms of net tuition revenue, expendable financial resources and annual giving. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO As I prepare to “ride the waves of change” with many of you next week...


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New Tool to Analyze College Expenditures

(from Inside Higher Ed) The American Council of Trustees and Alumni earlier this month released a new website on college expenditures. Drawn from federal data, the site provides eight years of the most recently available figures on administrative and instructional spending patterns for 1...