Operational Efficiencies

From UB

The survival checklist for higher ed presidents

May, 2017
Joseph Brennan is vice president of communications and marketing, and clinical professor of business at the University at Albany. Mark Weaver owns Communications Counsel, an Ohio-based firm that advises universities on crisis communications. He teaches at The Ohio State University College of Law, the University of Akron, and the School of Government at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Based on our decades of experience counseling campus CEOs, we’ve identified the key behaviors successful presidents use to lead their institutions through the tough times.

Politicians on college campuses

May, 2017
THE BIG EVENT—In 2016, when President Barack Obama visited the University of Nebraska at Omaha, more than 10,000 higher ed students, faculty, staff and community members attended an event at the campus arena.

Colleges may already prepare extensively for VIPs, but a deeper level of cross-campus coordination can ensure a smooth visit even when protests or other disruptions occur.

Extreme Makeover

May, 2017

In 1992 Henry Rowan pledged $100 million to create a new kind of engineering school. Rowan’s legacy transformed Glassboro State College into a public research university that would change the lives of South New Jersey citizens and businesses. Rowan’s gift is still rewriting the history of public campus partnering and co-development, creating a contemporary business parable that other flagship state universities can learn from.

Communication engines on college campus

April, 2017
SOCIAL CONCEPTS—GW’s #social channel on Slack allows social media managers in offices across the college to share ideas.

Higher ed administrators are using apps and platforms behind the scenes to help create efficiencies, increase productivity, and manage projects and workflow.

Plan ahead to ease the annual audit process

Preparing for the annual audit can be one of the most stressful times of the year for university financial leaders. Some schools compound the challenges of the audit process by not adequately preparing. In these cases, schools are still working on the accounting books and schedules when the audit is supposed to start. This poses challenges for the auditors and results in a highly inefficient and disruptive process.

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5/16/2017

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5/11/2017

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5/9/2017

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5/4/2017

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