John Nelson

Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration

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John is a career manager, analyst and thought leader focusing on financial risk assessment and leadership challenges facing US higher education and not-for-profit organizations.  He is Executive Director of Re-Institute, a new organization recently established to address the complex challenges faced by American higher education in the 21st century. Envisioned as a non-profit research and service organization, Re-Institute seeks to elevate public understanding of the education marketplace to make more informed college choice decisions; provide guidance for the effective organization and delivery of higher education services; and embolden college and university leadership to direct institutional policies and resources to the primary mission of advancing social benefit.

John recently retired from Moody’s Investors Service after twenty-six years. Under his leadership, Moody’s became the leading authority in capital markets on the topics of financial risk facing colleges, universities and hospitals in the US and other countries.  John and his teams spent more than two decades analyzing financial trends in these sectors, producing thousands of credit reports on individual institutions and hundreds of white papers and industry studies.  He has personally visited more than 200 universities and hospitals, meeting with board members, presidents, CFOs, CIOs and other senior management officers.

During his twenty-six years at Moody’s, John also directed a team of former journalists employed to improve business research writing skills for analysts.  He was a key leader overseeing adoption of new technology related to analytical research, including natural language technology developed to increase productivity of research analysts.  

Prior to joining Moody’s, John managed teams of business planners and economic analysts for six years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He also spent four years as a country risk analyst for Republic National Bank, as well as two years as budget advisor to New York City’s Office of the City Council President.

John received a B.A. in History from Binghamton University in New York in 1976. He received a Masters of Public Affairs from the Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. He was also a research associate at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies in Aspen, Colorado in 1979. John is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration at New York University, where he teaches a course focusing on financial analysis of hospitals, universities and not-for-profit organizations.

This course assumes that the student have a fundamental understanding of the financial statement concepts taught in CORE-GP.1021. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize you with financial statements (audited and unaudited) and to increase your comfort and facility in the analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data found in these statements. An additional key objective is to expand on the fundamentals learned in CORE-GP.1021 using an applied framework approach by introducing you to various forms of financial statement analysis techniques utilized by finance professionals. A third objective is to enhance your presentation skills (oral and written) of financial concepts through written and oral presentation. Consequently, you will find it helpful, but not mandatory, to be familiar with a word processing computer program. Excel, or any other electronic spreadsheet program, will be required when doing some of the assignments for this course. Use of PowerPoint or similar presentation program will also be helpful.

This course will take you through the type of line-by-line, detailed analysis of health care, university and other non-profit organizations’ financial statements conducted by finance professionals within the healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit sectors, as well as those professionals who regulate, evaluate and lend to these sectors. Related topical issues will also be discussed and analyzed, including the causes of increased scrutiny of hospitals, universities and the not-for-profits financial practices by federal and state governments. Understanding accounting and financial reporting practices of all companies (not-for-profits included) has increased the importance for managers and finance professionals to develop the necessary skill-set required to analyze these statements and get beneath the numbers. This course will assist your development of these skills.

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This course assumes that the student have a fundamental understanding of the financial statement concepts taught in CORE-GP.1021. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize you with financial statements (audited and unaudited) and to increase your comfort and facility in the analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data found in these statements. An additional key objective is to expand on the fundamentals learned in CORE-GP.1021 using an applied framework approach by introducing you to various forms of financial statement analysis techniques utilized by finance professionals. A third objective is to enhance your presentation skills (oral and written) of financial concepts through written and oral presentation. Consequently, you will find it helpful, but not mandatory, to be familiar with a word processing computer program. Excel, or any other electronic spreadsheet program, will be required when doing some of the assignments for this course. Use of PowerPoint or similar presentation program will also be helpful.

This course will take you through the type of line-by-line, detailed analysis of health care, university and other non-profit organizations’ financial statements conducted by finance professionals within the healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit sectors, as well as those professionals who regulate, evaluate and lend to these sectors. Related topical issues will also be discussed and analyzed, including the causes of increased scrutiny of hospitals, universities and the not-for-profits financial practices by federal and state governments. Understanding accounting and financial reporting practices of all companies (not-for-profits included) has increased the importance for managers and finance professionals to develop the necessary skill-set required to analyze these statements and get beneath the numbers. This course will assist your development of these skills.

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This course assumes that the student have a fundamental understanding of the financial statement concepts taught in CORE-GP.1021. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize you with financial statements (audited and unaudited) and to increase your comfort and facility in the analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data found in these statements. An additional key objective is to expand on the fundamentals learned in CORE-GP.1021 using an applied framework approach by introducing you to various forms of financial statement analysis techniques utilized by finance professionals. A third objective is to enhance your presentation skills (oral and written) of financial concepts through written and oral presentation. Consequently, you will find it helpful, but not mandatory, to be familiar with a word processing computer program. Excel, or any other electronic spreadsheet program, will be required when doing some of the assignments for this course. Use of PowerPoint or similar presentation program will also be helpful.

This course will take you through the type of line-by-line, detailed analysis of health care, university and other non-profit organizations’ financial statements conducted by finance professionals within the healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit sectors, as well as those professionals who regulate, evaluate and lend to these sectors. Related topical issues will also be discussed and analyzed, including the causes of increased scrutiny of hospitals, universities and the not-for-profits financial practices by federal and state governments. Understanding accounting and financial reporting practices of all companies (not-for-profits included) has increased the importance for managers and finance professionals to develop the necessary skill-set required to analyze these statements and get beneath the numbers. This course will assist your development of these skills.

Download Syllabus

This course assumes that the student have a fundamental understanding of the financial statement concepts taught in CORE-GP.1021. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize you with financial statements (audited and unaudited) and to increase your comfort and facility in the analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data found in these statements. An additional key objective is to expand on the fundamentals learned in CORE-GP.1021 using an applied framework approach by introducing you to various forms of financial statement analysis techniques utilized by finance professionals. A third objective is to enhance your presentation skills (oral and written) of financial concepts through written and oral presentation. Consequently, you will find it helpful, but not mandatory, to be familiar with a word processing computer program. Excel, or any other electronic spreadsheet program, will be required when doing some of the assignments for this course. Use of PowerPoint or similar presentation program will also be helpful.

This course will take you through the type of line-by-line, detailed analysis of health care, university and other non-profit organizations’ financial statements conducted by finance professionals within the healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit sectors, as well as those professionals who regulate, evaluate and lend to these sectors. Related topical issues will also be discussed and analyzed, including the causes of increased scrutiny of hospitals, universities and the not-for-profits financial practices by federal and state governments. Understanding accounting and financial reporting practices of all companies (not-for-profits included) has increased the importance for managers and finance professionals to develop the necessary skill-set required to analyze these statements and get beneath the numbers. This course will assist your development of these skills.

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