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Higher ed responds to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

March, 2018

The finalized version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Trump signed into law poses less of a perceived threat to higher ed than the bill that passed the House.

Proponents say that people who use education-savings accounts will benefit from deductions in student loan interest.

Critics, however, predict that the doubling of the standard deduction will result in fewer philanthropic contributions to colleges and universities. —Steven Wyman-Blackburn

Additional opinions on the tax bill’s impact on higher ed

March, 2018

“The company will make an initial investment of $50 million in a new and ongoing education program specifically designed to cover tuition costs for hourly employees—a result of the recently enacted tax reform and representing a total allocation of more than $175 million in this fiscal year.” Continue reading.

Evolving tech transfer activity: Colleges find success beyond revenue

January, 2018

Public universities are evolving their technology transfer activities but must take additional steps to address the demands of the innovation economy.

New University of Montana president comes from GE Transportation

December, 2017
Seth Bodnar is the 18th president of the University of Montana.

Seth Bodnar, 38, left General Electric Transportation to become the 18th president of the University of Montana.

Colleges tackle budget pruning

November, 2017
Lawrence University in Wisconsin cut costs by switching from a subscription to a pay-per-article model on some scientific journals in the library.

Thinking beyond painfully slashing big line items, higher ed leaders can realize significant savings in finding smaller cuts that, all together, add up to make a huge impact.

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Conducting meaningful conversations with stakeholders is vital to inform and validate the strategic direction of any institution. However, many traditional methods of gathering this input—such as surveys or town hall meetings—are flawed and can be misleading, often being disproportionately influenced by the loudest or most negative voices.


The costs of higher education continue to challenge students, while the pressure to reduce administrative overhead and improve efficiency is constant for institutions and their executive leaders. Taking the right approach to student payment plans is one way to address both of these concerns.

When Texas Tech University needed to replace the energy-inefficient windows of its multistory Weymouth Hall student residence last summer, time was indeed of the essence.

Needing to ensure the building’s vacancy during the demolition and installation process, you could say the university had a narrow window of opportunity.

But thanks to the ezIQC® construction procurement method through Gordian and National Joint Powers Alliance®, the $1.7 million project was completed on schedule with top-quality products and services.

Thousands of students, faculty, staff and alumni visit the Student Union at Oklahoma State University each day and take advantage of a large number of available retail services. For Mitch Kilcrease, who is assistant vice president and director of the Student Union, something was missing: a printing and parcel shop.

“I felt there was potential on campus to grow a print-service model from a retail base,” Kilcrease says. “A lot of people were already going off-campus to FedEx Office and using its services.”

One of the most challenging aspects of hiring in higher education is recruiting and retaining top talent. Laurie Joyner, the president of Saint Xavier University in Chicago, was seeking to fill the vice president for finance and administration position, and she did not hesitate in reaching out to AGB Search, a firm that focuses on higher education executive searches.