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    Tuition and financial aid are not about money.Tuition and financial aid are about mission. How do you use tuition and financial aid to sustain educational excellence over time?

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    we discuss how to deal with “Instability Markers,” streamline your school’s housekeeping services, and develop healthy learning environments for students.

Recent Articles

Education Conversations to Follow Online

The Internet has democratized how we share information unlike anything before it. Educators and administrators can share ideas, best practices, and advice with their global peers from the comfort of their school, leaning on each other to refine their strategies and techniques.

4 Qualities of Highly Successful Leaders

ISM believes that private-independent schools must practice distributed leadership. By this we mean all professionals in your school—school administrators, faculty, and staff—are leaders in their own right.

Every individual in your school is responsible for strategic leadership in his or her respective role, contributing to the overall well-being of your school’s direction.

Will Raising Tuition Scare Families Away?

When asked if increasing tuition would scare away current and prospective families, many school administrators might be tempted to respond with a resounding “Yes!”

But our latest findings show that’s not necessarily the case. ISM, Measuring Success, and the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) recently collaborated on the third iteration of a study originally deployed in 2006 to study the impact of tuition increases on private-independent school enrollment.

Board Policy on Financial Aid

Your Board holds the responsibility for developing your school’s financial aid policy. The Board should write a strong statement that sets fundamental policy, based on your school’s particular mission and budget guidelines, as well as careful calculations of per-pupil cost, retained earnings, and incremental costs.

Five Steps to Creating Your Board’s Strategic History

Over the years, ISM’s Institutional Assessment visits (now called Strategic Performance Analyses) have uncovered a disconcertingly broad range in the completeness of the organizational history provided by school documents and individuals’ memories. Your school’s “strategic history” provides both constraints and opportunities for its strategic future.

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