Articles: Asset & Investments

Henry Ford brought efficiency to the forefront of American business with his assembly line, which introduced automobiles to the masses.

Navigating through the numerous obstacles of a property insurance claim can be a daunting task, especially in an environment as complex and regulated as a college or university campus.

There has been a rash of major embezzlement cases cropping up like a pox at institutions of higher learning all around the country.

You can’t just toss an old computer into the corner trash can when it has outlived its usefulness.

Doing more with less is the new normal in higher education. And as college and university administrators work to increase efficiencies, the areas of planning and assessment have grown in importance as strategic tools to manage resources.

Thomas Edison, America's most prolific inventor, once explained his passion for innovation by saying, "There's always a better way." That's the spirit, if not the directive, for the campus departments profiled in the first round of 2011 Models of Efficiency honorees.

It wasn't long ago that the longstanding relationship between town and gown in both Pittsburgh and Providence absorbed a shock, as city officials rolled out plans to tax local colleges and universities.

As 2010 comes to a close, campus officials still have concerns about economic realities, but as many in higher education have learned firsthand, a department doesn't need an overabundance of budget dollars and staff members to operate effectively.

Gov. Mitch Daniels recently implored Indiana's public college trustees to maximize efficiencies and cut administrative costs.

Educating students to "think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely" is solidly at the core of what we do in higher education.

It is easy to communicate with constituents when you are talking about enrollment growth, a large financial gift, faculty accomplishments and new building projects. But what about when the going gets rough? What then?

Are you watching all the for-profit universities'; stocks soar as their online programs grow by double-digit percentages?

Determining the fair value of assets and liabilities on a university's financial statement has become increasingly stringent, particularly under the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures (Topi...

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