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The Solutions Exchange

Ideas and strategies for higher education finance and administrative leaders

The Solutions Exchange is a resource center that explores ideas and strategies with action-based results in mind. The global health pandemic has undoubtedly changed our world, and in an effort to respond in a rapid and thoughtful manner, this website offers timely responses to the current challenges facing our campuses today.

Articles, white papers, podcasts, and webcasts address emerging issues in higher education finance and administration. The website will be updated frequently and will cover topics such as accounting, finance, planning and budgeting, endowment and debt management, energy and efficiency, facilities, leadership, campus operations, and other business areas of colleges and universities.

Many resources are based on experiences of higher education senior administrators and include research and practical tools that can be applied in enhancing the effectiveness of small institutions, community colleges, comprehensive/doctoral institutions, and research universities.

Note: While NACUBO is no longer producing Business Officer magazine articles, are available on this website.

Articles

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Coaching and Education

Looking Beyond the Pandemic: An Interview with NACUBO Board Chair Robert Moore

NACUBO Board Chair Robert Moore offers insight into leadership during this unprecedented pandemic.

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President and Board Support

Advancing GASB

In an interview with NACUBO, Joel Black, the new chair of GASB discusses his plans to advance how the standard setting board continually evolve to keep up with an ever-changing world.

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Data Analytics

Trends in Institutional Financial Aid at U.S. Public Colleges and Universities

Despite increasing institutional financial aid, enrollment of full-time, first-time students has remained flat on average at public college and universities.

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Operational Assessment

Delivering on the American Education Dream

Putting high-quality credentials within reach of more Americans will require innovation and a commitment to flexibility and equity.

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President and Board Support

The Need for Diversity in Investments

This interview with Celena Aponte of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center discusses some of the barriers to, and ultimate benefits from, increasing diversity in investments and fund managers.

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Coaching and Education

Closing the Equity Gap

COVID-19 shines an even brighter light on the racial and systemic rifts that exist in education and throughout society.

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Custom-Built Revenue Growth

Remote Access

Prior to COVID-19, The University of Texas at San Antonio cleared the logistical hurdles of teleworking to improve space usage and employee retention. That served the university especially well once the pandemic hit.

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Mergers and Partnerships

Roadmap for Renewal

Explore Stevens Institute of Technology's strategic planning process and discover how the plan has served as a bulwark to help mitigate impacts of COVID-19.

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Digital Downloads

Discover insights and trends on a wide-range of topics related to the campus business office.
White papers, checklists, and resources provide key takeaways that are results-oriented and solutions driven.

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Mergers, Consolidations, and Other Collaborations

Recent social and economic trends forced new ways of thinking and operating in higher education. To tackle these challenges NACUBO produced several resources to help guide your discussions.

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Business Officers and Internal Auditors: An Important Team

A robust and productive relationship between business officers and internal auditors can effectively address issues and risk.

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Planning and Budgeting: Opportunities for Cultural Change in a Post-COVID Reality

COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on how institutions operate. Learn how one community college is navigating the new normal.

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The Value of Transfer Agreements

One potentially underutilized tool worth deploying is transfer agreements with other institutions. Consider revising or adding such agreements to your repertoire.

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Enterprise Planning Through a Human Capital Lens

Consider evaluating and designing strategic imperatives through a lens that maximizes human capital.

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Responsibility Center Management and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Might the accountability, flexibility, and entrepreneurial rewards inherent to RCM make a difference for those experienced with its approach?

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Podcasts and Webcasts

Tune in to our award-winning podcast series or watch a webcast to stay up-to-date on current trends in the industry.

CBO Speaks

What does it take to be a CBO at today's colleges and universities? What news and updates do they need to know to stay current? Hear thought leaders and experts explore issues and topics about the CBO role and what's in store for the future in this award-winning, interview-style podcast series.

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NACUBO In Brief

What economic trends today will set the stage for the future? How will legislative actions impact student financial aid? Hear colleagues, experts, and industry leaders explore issues, provide best practices, and offer solutions to issues in higher education.

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Earlier White Papers from NACUBO

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The Perspectives series are white papers authored by thought leaders, offering points of view on critical and emerging issues in higher education. The series was designed to explore new and emergent concepts or revisit foundational works in ways that help readers reframe or retool their thinking about higher education policy and practice.

The CFO Perspectives series offers insights into the financial operations of a particular institution type. Written by experienced CFOs these papers may prove especially helpful to new CFOs or board members, presidents, senior administrators, faculty or staff.

Published online by NACUBO and available free of charge to members, these occasional series cover key topics and issues that will resonate with NACUBO members for years to come.

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To submit ideas or comments email publications@nacubo.org.