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.

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10 questions every board should ask of its athletics department


10 questions every board should ask of its athletics department

Learn key questions a college or university should ask to help mitigate the risks and potential reputational harm from a corruption scandal.


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 Stewart, Peter Berns, Julia Amstutz
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  • August 16, 2019


Managing lease accounting for public and private higher education

Colleges and universities must adjust to the new level of judgments and estimates required under ASC 842 and GASB 87 lease accounting.

  • September 11, 2018


IRS to issue guidance on private colleges and universities excise tax

The IRS released Notice 2018-55 concerning the investment income calculation for private colleges and universities.

  • Bill Turco
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  • July 24, 2018


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


Risky business: Education institutions must know source of donor funds

Failure to know the origins of donor funds can expose educational institutions to reputation risk and more. Learn preventative key steps.

  • Christopher Dick
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  • December 20, 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