Inside Higher Ed Survey

The 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Business Officers


First American Education Finance is proud to sponsor The 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Business Officers.

Chief business officers from more than 400 institutions nationwide participated in this year's survey, which provides insightful data on financial challenges and potential solutions being implemented by your peers in higher education. The results highlight several key areas including a look at the current financial landscape, the need for increased transparency, and strategies to address declining revenue.

Click here to access the results from the Survey of College and University Business Officers. Here is a snapshot of the findings:

56 percent 

of CBOs agreed their institutions will be financially stable over the next five years.
Backed by the strength of RBC and City National Bank, our financing solutions are built on certainity with competitive interest rates, fixed rate financing, rate lock options.

57 percent

of CBOs agree greater transparency will lead to better financial decisions. 
We simplify complex projects with our transparent financing process. No covenants, liens or restrictions.

88 percent

of CBOS agree that colleges need to try new academic and non-academic offerings to build revenue streams.
We offer financing solutions for a variety of revenue-generating programs including new academic initiatives, student and faculty technology, and energy upgrades

9 in 10 CBOS  

say their college instituted student retention programs clearly expecting that they would improve the financial sustainability. 
Working exclusively in education, we have helped more than 600 schools nationwide finance campus projects to increase enrollment, retention, and campus efficiency. 

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