Annual Meeting Session Tracks

Advancing with Technology

Explore the strategic and technical issues facing business officers as you approach the challenges and opportunities of online education, moving financial information and academic functions to the cloud, and whether to outsource key services.

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Enhancing the Built Environment

Campus leaders must be stewards of the campus--in terms of both the business and environmental imperatives. Acting as change agents, business offices on every campus affirm their core values to guarantee long-term financial sustainability of the institution by increasing efficiency of operations and space utilization, promoting behavioral change, avoiding risks, and generating cost savings.

Financing the Enterprise

How do higher education institutions effectively manage financial resources? Today's economy calls for innovative strategies. Hear the latest on endowments, liquidity, debt, and prudent financial practices.

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Implementing and Leading Change

Leaders motivate and inspire others to action. Learn how to foster an environment that promotes high performance on a personal, professional, and organizational level. Build skills that will help you understand and effectively deal with the multitude of challenges facing leaders in higher education today and into the next decade.

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Improving the Student Experience

Higher education institutions' primary mission is to enable students to reach their academic and career goals. Business offices work collaboratively with other campus departments to create new solutions for raising student enrollment, retention and graduation rates. Acquire knowledge of strategies and technologies that can boost your institution's enrollment strategies, gain more efficiencies from your student information system, and implement effective student financial literacy programs.

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Investing in Human Capital

With the fluidity of workforce dynamics and increasing demands for top talent, yet fewer resources, innovative human resources and benefits approaches help make colleges and universities workplaces of choice. Learn how to cultivate internal leaders, explore voluntary separation programs and hear the latest about retirement savings plan operations and measures of success.

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Keeping Current and Connected

Business operations on campus can be impacted by sweeping policy changes, minor technical modifications, and transformative cultural issues--both global and domestic. Hear and engage on timely topics impacting higher education, from big-picture trends to best practices in financial accounting and reporting. Collect insights into how federal policies may impact the business office, and prepare for changes in accounting guidance on the horizon. Share your strategies and savvy and learn from others facing similar challenges and environments.

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Mitigating Risk and Compliance

Risk management is about identifying and minimizing the entity's vulnerabilities. Empower individuals within your organization to isolate and mitigate risks by implementing emergency response procedures, assessing business continuity plans, and managing exposures to risk that ranges from data security to international travel.

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Planning and Budgeting

Ensuring your institution's viability is essential. Transform your institution by incorporating integrated planning, financial modeling, performance measurement and other innovative strategies. Discover approaches to strategic planning and assess key topics such as investments, performance-based funding, facility use and stakeholder engagement.

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