Sandra Beckwith

13 key financial questions to answer for trustees

In its report “Navigating The New Normal: Financial Imperatives For MSI Effectiveness and Avoiding Financial Exigency,” the Southern Education Foundation suggests that trustees could...

How colleges can provide finance training to trustees

When Susan Stuebner became president of Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire in 2016, she faced a $4 million operating loss and a projected $2.6...

A different kind of consortium

While many regional consortia use the collective power of members to negotiate purchasing contracts with volume discounts, it can pay to think beyond neighboring...

Managing rogue spending at a small institution

Rogue spending—buying outside a purchasing contract—can be an issue at colleges large and small. Here’s how the small college pros rein it in. - Help...

Buying strong at small colleges

If there’s one thing small college purchasing managers know for sure, it’s that they have to be smart about a lot of things. “At larger...

Challenges, and more distractions, lie ahead for colleges

Clouds that emerged throughout 2017 are hanging over the heads of campus administrators, posing potentially huge impacts to higher ed as a whole. Just a...

Colleges tackle budget pruning

The headlines say it all. “Texas universities forced to trim their budgets, even with big state cuts averted.” —Texas Tribune “University of Alaska budget cut...

Case studies on how small ideas bloomed into noticeable savings

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Cost cut Refurbishing rather than replacing classroom tablet armchairs Savings Link to main story: Colleges tackle budget pruning $370,000 on 1,000 chairs Trigger Needed...

Data analytics rising in higher education

The momentum building behind higher ed analytics is hardly surprising, considering the explosion of tech tools available to make sense of institutional data. What might...

No crystal ball on FY2016 results

It’s certainly not black or white for investors. “The discussion around the table in investment committees is: How do you allocate risk across various investment...

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