With state lawmakers unwilling to fund capital projects at colleges and universities, public institutions increasingly turn to debt to finance construction and maintenance.
NACUBO's survey of discount rates finds another increase, but a surprising enrollment drop at many private institutions could be a threat to balanced budgets.
Big tuition hikes at elite private institutions contradict the notion that colleges are focusing on reining in sticker price to make education affordable.
Mount Holyoke joins a short -- but longer than usual -- list of colleges to freeze tuition. Moves could signal awareness of a limit to families' willingness to pay high sticker prices.
Donations to universities grew by 8.2 percent in the 2011 fiscal year, but wealthy institutions received the overwhelming majority of gifts.
Rocky negotiations in Providence about how much Brown pays the city in lieu of taxes highlights the difficulty of determining an appropriate contribution.
Institutional endowments for the 2011 fiscal year showed returns similar to pre-recession levels, but many still worth less than in 2007.
For three years, Illinois has delayed payments to public colleges, presenting a different sort of budgeting problem for administrators.
Continued economic strain and expiration of stimulus funds drove 7.6 percent drop in aid to higher education in 2011-12, the largest in more than 50 years, annual study finds.
New $100 million investment aims to fuel innovation by nonprofit higher ed; first projects focus on Hispanic students and online education in Europe.
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