Finance

Utilizing Conferences and Summer Programming for Income Growth

Conferences and summer programs offer institutions an opportunity to generate revenue that can reduce the financial burden placed on students during the academic year. And it’s not just housing – a strong, efficient summer program brings revenue to other campus entities as well, including dining services, athletics, facilities, and even academic departments. Developing these programs…

Leveraging Support to Initiate BIG Change – with Jes Lassiter

If you’re looking to make a big change, the first step is to share your intentions—and then accept help when it’s offered. Today, guest host Tara Wilkinson is joined by Jes Lassiter to explain how the support she received from colleagues in higher ed at COCM inspired her to pursue an extraordinary venture!

7 Things College Students Should Know About Credit

This is a great article from MINT for helping students understand the implications of some of their decisions concerning credit during their college years. Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series…

Tax Day is here…

If you’re like millions of Americans who are preparing their taxes today, (3 days later than the normal April 15 deadline – thanks to the Emancipation Day holiday that was celebrated on 4/15 this year) Forbes shared great tips for filing a “(mostly) flawless return.”  Check out their advice here.  Good luck! You have until midnight tonight.  …

The Current Financial State of the US Higher Education System

Our first podcast guest of 2015 is Lee White, Executive Vice President and Manager of the Education and Non-Profit Finance Group, George K. Baum & Company.  Lee is active in all areas of public finance, with a special emphasis on higher education.  He is regarded as the industry’s leading expert in the area of privatized…

Dismal Outlook for Small U.S. Colleges?

Sobering article.  Interesting statement in this article by David Warren, president of the Washington-based National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities on the difficult steps many smaller colleges and universities will have to take to survive: “There will clearly be some institutions that won’t make it and there will be some institutions that will be…

Is It Really Worth It?

In light of the discouraging news we read and hear about the rising cost of a college education, student debt, and dismal job prospects for grads – this was an encouraging report published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco last week. Is It Still Worth Going to College? Mary C. Daly and Leila…

Tuition Price Growth Slowing at Public Colleges

The smallest annual increase in tuition prices in more than 30 years!  USA Today published this great news regarding the rising cost of higher education that to many people, has been a hurdle, if not an outright barrier. Check out the short video here.    

How a Little Data Can Solve One of Higher Education’s Biggest Problems

Jeff Selingo has a great, inspirational article up about an institution getting innovative using information sitting in its databases to find real ways to help their students. It has created a WIN WIN situation for Georgia State and their students.  The University has been able to improve their retention and graduation rates.  And GSU students…

Cost Tipping Point?

I found this to be a very interesting article about college costs and the perceptions that they have dramatically increased in recent years. I was especially intrigued by the statement that the actual cost (in inflation adjusted dollars) to parents for private school tuition and fees was only about $3,000 more than in the early…