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Mind the Gap: An Insider's Irreverent Look at Private School Finances and Management-with a Lesson for Government and Industry, Too! Paperback – January 1, 2014


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  • Paperback
  • ISBN-10: 0985876212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985876210
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bird Ankles on November 1, 2012
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Mind the Gap is essential reading for school administrators, educators, parents and alums. It's a straight-forward assessment of how the financial model for independent/private schools and universities is broken and the potential for new growth that is being lost each day until the issue is addressed. The story of Columbia Grammar and Prep's renewal is amazing and inspirational. You will never look at an appeal letter the same way again once you understand how your donation is actually perpetuating an unsustainable financial situation and preventing the development of new resources and programs for students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norman Sohn on January 14, 2013
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This excellent book by a master in the field should be required reading for anybody involved in school finance or administration. The author's insights, goals, and protocols are carefuly thought out, considered, and presented expeditiously. As a finance committee member at a NJ private-religious school, I found studying this book to be a valuable learning experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2014
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Be wary. This book is lacking logic in places. He presents some good ideas, some intriguing ideas, and some crazy ideas. The fact is most independent schools in America are doing just fine following the financial model he berates. His own school doesnt even follow his ideas. Got to their website and you can donate to their annual fund! That said, Part 1 is a fascinating, though somewhat unbelievable, story about revitalizing a prominent Manhattan day school. He should have stopped there. The rest of the book is just ranting about stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ProSportDoc on November 28, 2013
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Great insights, great book! If you are a leader in education or just care about seeing it run well, this book is for you. I highly recommend it to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sbf19376 on March 5, 2013
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If you ever wondered what separates successful institutions from the rest of the pack, this unique insider's look into the world of private schooling is your homework. Dr. Soghoian masterfully delineates the distinction between the unnecessary expenditures of some other private schools with that of Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School's acute and savvy business decisions. He also appropriately articulates the need to properly balance frugal spending with an endless desire to offer the best available educational opportunities. It is evident from this book that Columbia Grammar's staggering turnaround wasn't a result of coincidence; it was the product of a dedicated headmaster's clear understanding of the underpinnings of the private school world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Craynon on February 15, 2014
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This is an amazing look behind the curtain of private school finances. Interested in common sense and fiduciary responsibilities? This is the book for you. This man ignores the dogma and thinks refreshingly outside the box.
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