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We know the challenges that education leaders face. As regulations become increasingly complex and funding is more constricted, administrators walk a fine line. They must balance preparing students for success with managing risk, reducing cost, streamlining operations, integrating technology, and balancing the budget.

With knowledge gained from six decades of serving the education community, our team of specialists provide education leaders with actionable insight on the latest trends, regulations and issues. We serve more than 250 K-20 education institutions including public and private colleges and universities; foundations; community colleges; public and private K-12 schools; and intermediate school districts.

We help school administrators address their financial, compliance, operations, capital, and technology needs. We know how vital federal funding is to education institutions, and we file 600+ single audit reports annually — the second-highest amount in the nation.

Our team members continuously monitor developments at the GASB, FASB, and OMB, and we provide timely insights to help administrators address challenges so they can improve the K-20 education experience.

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How changing regulations affect higher education

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Are these GASB standards on your radar?
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Education Thought Leadership

  • Are these GASB standards on your radar?
    Effective dates for various GASB standards are upon us. Now is a good time to refocus on which GASB standards should be on your radar. We’ve provided an overview of the standards that may impact your organization and resources to help you implement them.
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    Article January 13, 2020 8 min read
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    What are the key ingredients of a world-class culture? A solid foundation built on principles and values, a challenging and supportive environment, training, communication, recognition, and respect.
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  • Ten tips for a successful K-12 ERP implementation
    ERP implementations can be daunting, especially if you’re replacing a decades-old system. For K-12 school districts, the challenges are only compounded by limited staff and resources. Here are 10 best practices for a successful implementation project.
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    Read GASB’s new Implementation Guide to truly understand how to think about fiduciary activities and apply the provisions of GASB 84.
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Our Team

Our team of education experts includes CPAs, management consultants, forensic accountants, technology professionals, and facilities/construction advisors, and our specialists can complement the capabilities of your in-house staff. As trusted advisors to the education sector, our audit and compliance specialists stay on top of changing regulations and trends impacting higher education and your institution. We share analysis and insights to help you anticipate challenges and plan for the future.

Our clients say

Plante Moran has the expertise in higher education that has proved invaluable to Hope. They are definitely a leader in higher education audit preparation. They continually keep Hope abreast of current and new audit regulation that will impact higher education. Their webinars and seminars offered are very helpful and informative. This is a great added resource to having them serve as our auditors.

Douglas VanDyken Director of Finance & Business Services, Hope College

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