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CFOs Plan for Predicted Downturn

(from FEI Daily) CFOs overwhelmingly expect a U.S. downturn by the end of 2020 but few expect an outright recession, according to Deloitte’s 1Q19 CFO Signals Survey. Trade policy and tariffs are fueling expectations of a slowdown. Less than half of CFOs say they have defensive plans for a...


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Where to Start with Mergers and Acquisitions? Three Considerations

CEO Notebook | Conversations around school mergers have shifted from reactive to proactive. It’s not about failure, but rather preparing for the future. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO This year’s spring fever has an unusual theme. Instead of the typical hiring...


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Business Model Key to Successful Program Innovation?

(from the Christensen Institute) The University of Texas-Austin’s Project 2021 — launched in 2016 with the goal to reinvent the undergraduate experience through redesigned course length, curricula and online learning — has been shuttered. School leaders cite lack of faculty and staff input and...


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Bold Makeovers Enhance Schools' Value Propositions

(from the Nonprofit Quarterly) As enrollment and financial challenges mount for many colleges and universities (as well as K-12 independent schools), some have achieved remarkable success in boldly rethinking their business models. The key is "to create a successful business model that attracts...


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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...


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Risk & Compliance: Jump-Starting Enterprise Risk Management

Risk Management | Knowing the top risks other independent schools face can help your school avoid getting stuck in the early phases of a risk management program. Article by Constance Neary and Alex Miller, United Educators From the January/February 2019 Net Assets magazine You’re...


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Business Intelligence: Independent School Finances Gained Ground in Fiscal 2018

Financial Management | Data from NBOA’s Business Intelligence for Independent Schools reveals modest financial gains for schools on almost all fronts. Article by Jim Pugh, James Pugh & Associates, and Mary Kay Markunas From the March/April 2019 Net Assets magazine Financially...


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School Seeks Partnership

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education) Earlier this week , Hampshire College in Massachusetts announced it was seeking a partner to help sustain itself financially. College officials stress that Hampshire is not closing, but a letter from the president said the institution may choose not to...


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Advance Closure Notice Draws Praise

(from Inside Higher Ed) Boston's Newbury College announced Friday that it will close at the end of the spring 2019 semester, drawing support from state regulators and others for "making this difficult choice in an orderly way that helps maximize opportunities for students," said a spokeswoman...


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Using Head, Not Heart in School Emergency Planning

Risk Management | While active shooter events draw overwhelming attention, sympathy and concern, reactions to them should not drive a school’s safety and preparedness policies, said safety experts from Kiernan Group Holdings in a recent NBOA webinar . “Emotion and perceptions lead to very...