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March 12, 2009

Publisher's Note
On March 19 our Student Zone will blossom into Education Zone. Accountants are lifelong students, constantly having to stay abreast of regulatory changes, new technology, paperless office movements, etc.  It is in this spirit that we evolve into Education Zone.

Speaking of students, though, there’s an awful lot of money being spent to drive tuition revenue.  $879 million was spent by U.S. colleges and universities on advertising in 2008, according to TNS Media Intelligence. Of that amount, $294 million was loaded into TV advertising; $282 million was invested in online advertising; print garnered $154 million; $90 was pumped into radio; outdoor advertising raked in $59 million. 

Now all of a sudden my annual five-dollar loss in the NCAA March Madness basketball pool at my old firm doesn’t seem so bad.

Rob Nance
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