How colleges are keeping up with business changes — from by Doug Lederman and Rick Seltzer


MONTREAL — College and universities’ coping mechanisms are on full display this week as business officers fight a mix of financial pressures ranging from budget crunches to tuition discounting run amok to high levels of debt blocking necessary construction.

Strategies to tackle the problems are on display at the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ annual meeting here. The multiday conference comes as business officers increasingly believe that higher education is in a financial crisis, according to a new Inside Higher Ed survey. But they also feel better than they have in previous years about their own institutions’ futures.

That dichotomy is apparent in Montreal, where many sessions talk about the myriad challenges business offices face — and the way institutions are tackling them.

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