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Four Countries Seek International Researchers

In an effort to attract researchers, four countries have launched funding programs for international recruitment. Britain has budgeted about $130 million for its Rutherford Fund to lure foreign researchers for visits up to 10 years. In addition, Canada is using around $94 million to recruit up to 35 international researchers for Canada 150 Research Chairs. France is also getting involved, providing $48 million to recruit climate scientists. In relation to France’s efforts, Germany announced plans to join the country’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” initiative. More on these international recruitment efforts is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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Workers with College Degrees Hold Majority of Well-Paying Jobs

Here’s some positive news for recent college graduates on the job hunt. According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, workers with a bachelor’s degree held 55 percent of the country’s well-paying jobs in 2015. The number marks a 15 percent increase from 1991 when only 40 percent of jobs were held by workers with four-year degrees. The study also found that good jobs for workers with some college experience increased by 11 percent, and jumped 83 percent for workers with associate degrees. More on the Georgetown study is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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Gift Acceptance Policy Tips for Nonprofits

In a recent blog on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) website, Foundation of the Carolinas Vice President Alyssa Federico shares her insights on developing a gift acceptance policy for a nonprofit organization. According to Federico, a well-developed policy can protect a nonprofit from potential risks and educate staff members on when to decline gifts. Some of the guidance Federico outlines concerns handling non-cash gifts, the process for deciding whether or not to accept a gift, and determining what is required prior to acceptance. Federico’s blog can be read in its entirety on the AICPA website.

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SACUBO Meeting Keynote Speaker Discusses Issues Facing Higher Education

Last month, Jim Ratchford , Industry Leader of Cherry Bekaert’s Education Industry Group , attended the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers’ (“SACUBO”) Annual Meeting. While at the meeting Ratchford listened to the keynote speech from Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Education. Mr. Jaschik shared with attendees various issues currently facing higher education, some of which included the following: The Trump administration is proposing cuts to education programs, including research and work study. International students are choosing higher institutions in countries other than the U.S. Forty (40) percent of U.S. colleges and universities are reporting declines in international applications. Everyone realizes that these students are. Read More.

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Private Colleges Operating at Deficits

New research by Moody’s Investors Service has revealed that small private universities face increased financial pressure. According to Moody’s, one-third of small private universities operated at deficits during the 2016 fiscal year. The number marks a 20-percent rise from 2013. Conversely, the number of large private colleges operating at deficits dropped to 13 percent in 2016 (20 percent in 2013). More on Moody’s research is available on the Inside Higher Ed website.

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Forthcoming Revenue Standard Proposal to Help Nonprofits

New Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) guidance could make it easier for nonprofits to record revenue from grants and donations with restrictions. On June 7, the FASB unanimously agreed on a proposal to help nonprofits differentiate between a condition and a restriction in U.S. GAAP for received grants and donations. Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606) removed guidance on “exchange” transactions. Furthermore, many nonprofit organizations have had trouble distinguishing between a condition and restrictions. To address the matter, the FASB will clarify that when a gift comes with a donor-imposed condition, the agreement must. Read More.

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