Colleges and Universities

Colleges and universities are facing the daunting task of adapting to a rapidly changing educational environment, while continuing to achieve their critical operational objectives. Issues that complicate matters for both public and private institutions include demographic shifts, increased tuition discounts, historic endowment losses and heightened accountability expectations to participate in government programs. We understand the pivotal decisions that institutions must make to address these and future challenges, while also fulfilling their commitment to students and faculty.

We develop specialized solutions to the emerging issues our higher education clients face, such as financial projections and operations to board training, tax compliance, alternative investments and endowment valuation. Our professionals work with hundreds of colleges and universities nationally, building a deep understanding of how to help you overcome challenges and accomplish your mission and goals.


Changes to revenue recognition for not-for-profit organizations

A white paper about how entities in the not-for-profit industry may be affected by the new revenue recognition guidance in ASC 606.

  • Susan Davis, Susan Stewart
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  • June 06, 2017


Cost avoidance sets the tone for growth

RSM’s cost avoidance strategy and construction audit helped the University of Central Florida realize potential and real cost savings.

  • February 14, 2017


RSM helps Texas Tech save $325,000 now and even more in the future

This case study shows how RSM helped Texas Tech save now and even more in the future by conducting a construction audit.

  • January 10, 2017


Royalty review nets over $1 million in lost revenue for university

An investigation into licensing contracts nets over $1 million in underpaid royalties for a university and reveals new revenue streams.

  • December 30, 2016


Federal grants management update: Understanding new guidelines

The federal government implemented several significant changes to grants management regulations that are only seen once in a generation.

  • November 10, 2016


Evaluating your fundraising campaign risks

RSM security professionals discuss what controls can be implemented to help protect your institution - and donors.

  • October 28, 2016


Building fundraising campaigns from the ground up

From capital improvements to scholarships, fundraising is a critical component in building the future of an institution.

  • October 28, 2016


Leveraging systems and technology for fundraising success

RSM technology consultants share insights on how technology can help improve the effectiveness of your fundraising campaigns.

  • October 28, 2016


Modernizing the finance function in nonprofit organizations

RSM technology and management consulting specialists share insights about the transformation of the finance function.

  • Mary Beth Jameson
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  • September 14, 2016


Not-for-profits: Important changes ahead

Learn more about the key elements of the FASB’s new financial statement presentation requirements for not-for-profits.

  • August 19, 2016


Disclosure requirements for tax-exempt organizations

Important disclosure rules of which a tax-exempt organization’s management and board of directors need to be aware.

  • James Sweeney
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  • August 16, 2016


Understanding the financial impact of academic programs

Learn how a university leveraged a margin analysis strategy to understand academic program financial contributions.

  • June 09, 2016


University financial system integration spans technology services

A university utilized RSM’s diverse services to implement an integrated technology platform, increasing automation, capacity and efficiency.

  • April 20, 2015


Higher education: You’re already a data breach target

Higher education organizations should address data security and privacy issues now to offset debilitating damages later.

  • Daimon Geopfert
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  • December 15, 2014


QlikView improves productivity, data quality and decision making for EICC

Eastern Iowa Community College gains visibility into student, faculty and course information and on-demand data analysis with QlikView implementation.

  • April 14, 2014


Federal government increases focus on crime awareness requirements

The federal government has increased their focus on ensuring colleges and universities are in compliance with crime awareness requirements.

  • Cindy Berg
Audit committee guide for nonprofit organizations


Audit committee guide for nonprofit organizations

Audit committee roles and responsibilities are under increased scrutiny following financial compliance reporting incidents in recent years.

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