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Other Duties As Assigned  

  • Communication
  • | Leadership

Balancing the Books and the Brand 4 min read

This business officer has overseen marketing and communications when needed — including during the Covid pandemic.
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CEO Notebook  

  • Employment
  • | Leadership

Our Sometimes Forgotten Hiring Advantage 4 min read

In a hot labor market, independent schools’ mission offers a distinct advantage over non-educational employers.
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  • Enrollment
  • | Survey

A Match Made in Data 3 min read This item is protected.

Kimball Union Academy’s enrollment and finance teams share an attention to data that builds the partnership.
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Business Intelligence  

  • Research
  • | Tuition

A Tuition Discounting Pulse Check 6 min read This item is protected.

Trends in the tuition discount rate, discount types, administering discounts, funding discounts and more.
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  • Budget
  • | Financial Aid

Betting on Change in Financial Aid 4 min read

Leaders in independent school financial aid offer their take on the current terrain — plus NBOA’s Financial Aid Fast Facts sheet.
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  • Legal
  • | Regulatory Updates
  • | Salary

NBOA and NAIS Advocate for Reasonable Overtime Rules 3 min read This item is protected.

NAIS and NBOA are advocating to ensure proposed changes to FLSA overtime rules do not threaten the viability of our schools.

CEO Notebook  

  • Boards and Trustees
  • | Leadership

Curiosity Creates the Leader 4 min read

Curiosity may be school leaders’ number one trait to guide our schools through increasingly unpredictable waters.
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  • Compliance
  • | Legal

Post-Affirmative Action, Is Financial Aid Next? 4 min read This item is protected.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action in college admissions, financial aid practices may receive more scrutiny.
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  • Enrollment
  • | Tuition

Micro Schools Test Flexible Tuition 12 min read This item is protected.

Wildflower Schools, based across the U.S., have adapted their tuitions to meet community needs and fulfill their missions.
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Financial Aid
  • | Research

Telling Our Financial Aid Story 6 min read

The financial aid plot is shifting as dollars increase and diversity numbers fall.
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  • Change Management
  • | Enrollment
  • | Tuition

Returns on a Reset 12 min read This item is protected.

To boost harvest yield, gardeners must prune early growth. Likewise, an independent school may at some point need to cut its tuition or “reset” the sticker price in order to grow net tuition revenue.

CEO Notebook  

  • Leadership
  • | Technology

Prompted To Lead 5 min read

Honing our use of generative AI was just one of many takeaways from this year’s NBOA Leadership Academy gathering in Nashville.


  • Leadership
  • | Membership

2024 NBOA Annual Meeting: Leading through Disruption: Shawn Kanungo 9 min read

Opening keynote speaker Shawn Kanungo has helped hundreds of business leaders innovate their organizations’ approaches to finance, technology and workplace culture.
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  • Employee Benefits
  • | Research
  • | Salary

Now Available: NBOA’s Mission-Anchored Compensation Strategies Resources 3 min read

NBOA spent more than a year researching compensation trends in independent schools. Resources that leaders can use to consider their own school’s compensation practices are now here.
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  • Endowment
  • | Governance

Endowments and Governance: 5 Key Insights 4 min read This item is protected.

Results from a recent survey reveal best practices for enhancing financial governance and strategies for sustained intergenerational equity.
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  • Enrollment
  • | Financial Aid
  • | Tuition Remission

Navigating Tuition and Financial Strategies 8 min read

NBOA and EMA partner to examine the unique relationship between tuition pricing, financial aid and independent school dynamics.

CEO Notebook  

  • Culture
  • | Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Leadership

Healing and Humor in Atlanta 4 min read

A message of humor and inspiration from 2024 NBOA Annual Meeting Speaker Bertice Berry.
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  • Culture
  • | Performance Management

Bridging the Gap in Multi-Generational Workplaces 4 min read

Challenging preconceived notions around age is key to understanding generational differences and fostering a collaborative workforce.
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  • Cybersecurity
  • | Enrollment
  • | Tuition

Sophisticated New Tuition Phishing Scams: What Schools Need to Know 3 min read

Tuition phishing scams pose a growing threat to independent schools and parents.
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Other Duties As Assigned  

  • Leadership
  • | Summer Camp

Build That Bridge 5 min read

It's up to the business officer to earn trust with faculty. Teaching is one way to do it.



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