Business Operations

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  • Financing
  • | Investments
  • | Technology

FAQ: Cryptocurrency and the Business Office 3 min read

What business officers need to know about the latest changes in technology and digital strategy.
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  • Facilities

Clean Air: Ventilation Is the Foundation 6 min read

Ventilation improvements and regular inspections can lower the risk of infection on campus.
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  • Risk Management
  • | Technology

School Wide Web 12 min read This item is protected.

As technology grows more complex, it’s increasingly important that schools include tech leaders at the highest levels of school decision making.
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Strategies  

  • Risk Management
  • | Technology

Strategies: A Multilayered Approach to Cybersecurity 8 min read

An effective approach considers data, devices, software, employee training, backup systems and crisis management.

Projections  

  • Pandemic
  • | Technology

Projections: The Next Iteration of Independent Education 8 min read

School will likely look different in coming years, in everything from our markets to our staffing approach to the ubiquitous touch of technology on and off campus.
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  • Audit
  • | Technology

The Future of Auditing in Schools 7 min read

With careful planning, a mostly remote audit can improve teamwork and more meaningful communication between auditors and school staff.
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  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities

Finding Financial Gains with a Lower Carbon Footprint 5 min read

Schools looking to reduce energy consumption can begin conservation measures now with low-hanging fruit, and extend their savings with a well-conceived plan.
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Safety & Security  

  • Pandemic
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Coming Out of the Storm 4 min read

Strong emergency communications and visual alerts helped one school manage a safer return to campus.
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Strategies  

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Facilities

Strategies: Holding Ourselves Accountable 4 min read

As the pandemic drives more students to independent schools, business officers need to focus on big-picture strategies for tuition policies and other factors.
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  • Leadership
  • | Technology

Award Winner Spotlight: Quentin Voyles, Saint Edward's School 2 min read

Voyles has formed strong and trusting relationships with faculty, which has led to piloting new classroom technologies and continual improvements in delivering education.
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5 Minutes with  

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Facilities
  • | Summer Camp

5 Minutes with Karen McCann McClelland and Nat Saltonstall: Masters of Innovation 9 min read

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, summer and auxiliary program directors take on more diverse roles while looking for new ways to add value.
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  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Plan for Success: Campus Master Planning 13 min read This item is protected.

Developing a tactical campus master plan begins with a future vision of the institution that realigns facilities with mission.
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Risk & Compliance  

  • Hiring
  • | Risk Management
  • | Summer Camp

Risk & Compliance: Avoiding the Summertime Pandemic Blues 6 min read

What schools need to know as they enter the summer camp hiring season.
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  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities

360 Degree Sustainability 13 min read This item is protected.

Successful efforts at sustainability are embedded in programming and measurable.
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  • Facilities
  • | Maintenance

Not Just Mitigating COVID But Monitoring Wellness 8 min read

Extensive facilities monitoring has helped Friends Seminary not only limit the spread of COVID-19 but inspire new ideas about tracking wellness indicators far beyond the pandemic.
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  • Change Management
  • | Pandemic
  • | Technology

Time for Cloud 9: Automating the Business Office 17 min read This item is protected.

Moving to cloud-based processes — and the holy grail of systems integration — is not a matter of if but when. “We’re no longer moving incrementally.”
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Safety & Security  

  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Unfortunate Outcomes for Popular Safety Programs 7 min read

Options-based active-shooter response training programs have resulted in more casualties than other methods. So why are many schools still using them?
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Strategies  

  • Human Resources
  • | RFP
  • | Technology

Strategies: Transitioning to an HR Information System 7 min read

How to make the RFP process work for your school and implement the new system smoothly.
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  • Pandemic
  • | Summer Camp

Planning for 2021 Summer Programs 15 min read

As the COVID-19 pandemic promises to dissipate somewhat but not yet disappear, this summer will be yet another novel experience for independent schools, different from all the summers before. Consider these best practice
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  • Culture
  • | Pandemic
  • | Technology

A Weight Has Been Lifted: A Case Study 5 min read

As Western Academy of Beijing has returned to mostly normal on-campus learning, everyone in the community has a renewed appreciation for both the core mission and special add-ons that make independent education exception

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