Business Operations

Westtown School
  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security
  • | Technology

Don’t Look Back This item is protected.

Smart security cameras can help schools shift from reactive to proactive responses, but are independent schools tapping their high-tech capabilities?
11 min read
Artificial intelligence

Feature  

  • Accounting
  • | Audit
  • | Legal
  • | Technology

DIY AI: Business Applications (Part 2)

AI has never been more accessible, and it will impact every corner of the independent school business office.
13 min read
school children
  • Culture
  • | Technology

Data Tracking That Advances School Culture

Faculty and staff who are empowered to leverage data can tailor interventions and foster a more supportive and inclusive learning environment.
6 min read
Artificial intelligence

Feature  

  • Change Management
  • | Leadership
  • | Technology

DIY AI: Key Considerations (Part 1)

AI has never been more accessible, and it will impact every corner of the independent school business office.
13 min read

Projections  

  • Enrollment
  • | Technology

Leaning Into Online Learning

Digital education can support the independent school business model in two primary ways.
6 min read
Unsung Hero Laura Miyoshi
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities
  • | Membership

Unsung Hero: Laura Miyoshi, Sandy Spring Friends School

With an eye for detail and functionality, Miyoshi has helped ensure a greener future at Sandy Spring Friends School.
2 min read
well certified
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities
  • | Maintenance

Transforming a Campus with WELL Certification: A Case Study

By meeting rigorous standards for air quality, water purity, lighting and acoustics, Sandy Spring Friends School created a building that fosters both physical and mental well-being.
4 min read
cyber threats

Projections  

  • Cybersecurity
  • | Risk Management

A Clear and Ever-Present Danger

Cybersecurity is no longer new to independent schools, but as the threats continue to rise, it’s never been more important that your school’s practices are up to date.
6 min read

Feature  

  • Crisis Management
  • | Facilities
  • | Safety and Security

Safe Bets This item is protected.

When it comes to school safety technology, what actually works? And what is worth the investment?
15 min read
Duties MJ23

Other Duties As Assigned  

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Leadership

Planting the Seeds

Land stewardship for this business officer includes learning from campus beavers, who have improved water quality and retention.
5 min read
Jeff Shields, Chad Stacy, Spencer Taintor, Rose Neubert

Voices from the Field  

  • Facilities
  • | Leadership
  • | Research

Change Makers

What change is worth the effort? And how to make it happen? Leaders at schools that received this year’s Jeffrey Shields Innovation in School Business Operations engage each other in their answers.
12 min read
clean energy

Strategies  

  • Budget
  • | Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities

Creating a Clean Energy Consortium This item is protected.

Seven independent schools and an arts education center came together to create a hydroelectric power consortium. Annual savings per school are in the tens of thousands.
7 min read
firm foundations

Projections  

  • Budget
  • | Facilities

Firm Foundations Against Inflation

School leaders are finding constructive ways to pursue capital projects despite higher materials costs, supply chain disruptions and rising interest rates.
7 min read
diversity inclusion stock image
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Technology

Tech-Enabled DEI Solutions

Independent schools can operationalize their DEI goals using technology.
3 min read
School campus with students

Feature  

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Facilities

The Business Case for DEI: Accessible, Affordable Facilities This item is protected.

Investing in accessible facilities goes beyond compliance for most schools — and can have unexpected dividends.
13 min read

CEO Notebook  

  • Leadership
  • | Technology

A(I) Smarter Future?

How can we use ChatGPT and related AI in the independent school business office?
4 min read
money image

Feature  

  • Facilities
  • | Financing

Where the Money Goes This item is protected.

When everything costs more, considered and strategic facilities spending is a must.
12 min read
school solar panels
  • Budget
  • | Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities

Inflation Reduction Act Opens Solar Opportunities for Schools

The IRA opens the door for nonprofits to take advantage of tax credits associated with solar power.
8 min read
nboa members

Feature  

  • Membership
  • | Technology

Celebrate! 25 Years of NBOA: Technology and the Business Office

The rise of the internet has given way to rapid technological advances in the business office.
3 min read
facilities landscape

Feature  

  • Facilities
  • | Membership

Celebrate! 25 Years of NBOA: The Facilities Landscape

For most educational institutions, mission and vision are inextricably linked to buildings.
3 min read

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