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August 1, 2015

Beneath The Surface: What The Numbers Reveal

Recently several schools have retained Littleford & Associates to assess worldwide workload patterns, length of school day and many aspects of how they manage their income […]
August 1, 2015

Compensation And Tuition Setting: The Message Is Mixed

Many schools did not raise tuition for 2009-2010 but others did by 5-8% or more. A few schools pulled principal away from their endowment to bridge […]
August 1, 2015

How To Get A Handle On Controlling Expenses And Increasing Income In Difficult Economic Times

For independent schools all sources of income and expense are like the various points on a waterbed. If you push down on one area, the other […]
August 1, 2015

A Mission That Resonates in a Soft Admissions Market

This consultant has worked with hundreds of schools on marketing. Marketing begins with mission. Most mission statements are worthless as marketing tools. They may be no […]
August 1, 2015

Managing The Bottom Line:

The Impact of the Finance Committee, Financial Audits and Marketing the Mission GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE: THE ROLE OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE When asked the most important […]
August 1, 2015

Profit Centers: Has Your School Tapped These Revenue Sources?

Profit centers are growing in use in independent schools. They have been major sources of revenue for years for colleges and universities, yet independent schools tend […]
August 1, 2015

Income Opportunities In Tight Economic Times

With the value of their investment portfolios declining or uncertain, independent school parents may be decreasing their discretionary spending and charitable donations. However, from the research […]
August 1, 2015

The Nine Sacred Cows Of Financial Management:

How To Get a Handle On Controlling Expenses and Increasing Income For independent schools all sources of income and expense are like the various points on […]
August 1, 2015

Strategic Planning: Leading and Not Following the Process

Strategic planning does not have to be a complex, drawn out process that takes a year to conclude. And yet many schools find themselves in interminable […]
August 1, 2015

Fall Out from Strategic Planning

A new client recently contacted me to say that a consulting firm had used a “broad brush” approach to strategic planning at his School by engaging […]