Business issues

What Does a Degree Cost?

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That depends largely on how you frame the question, says a new study -- which provides some intriguing answers nonetheless.

Hazard or Opportunity?

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Discussion of how colleges might respond to economic crisis sees possibility of major change -- and great risk if higher ed dallies like health care and journalism.

The Economy's Large Shadow

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TORONTO -- The annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Attorneys offered its usual eclectic mix of topical sessions, reflecting the increasingly broad portfolios for which the group's members are responsible on their campuses: academic misconduct, real estate, technology transfer, sports marketing contracts, and transgender issues, to name just a few.

Consortiums, Collaboration, Centralization ... Conflict?

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At business officers' meeting, economic pressure prompts more talk of cooperative arrangements among colleges -- with caveats about when they work and when they don't.

Measuring the Dreaded 'P' Word

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Continuing its efforts to identify and encourage new ways to measure higher education performance, the Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity and Accountability issued a new report Thursday designed to gauge how successfully public colleges in various states use their available resources to produce graduates with credentials that are valued in their markets.

Seeing Red in a Land of Green

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As others hunkered down, Greensboro College embarked on massive growth and gave raises in the leanest of years. Now it's fighting for survival.

Light Collection Plates

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The financial climate is prompting many theological schools -- small, endowment-dependent institutions, many of them -- to consider mergers and other new ways of doing business.

Send in the Wolf

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In a perilous time for many small colleges facing economic difficulties, a cadre of ex-presidents and consultants are increasingly called on to clean up the mess and set the stage for recovery.

Buyer's Remorse

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As the University of California grapples with massive budget reductions, the youngest institution in the 10-campus system is once again being forced to defend its very right to exist.

Furloughs, program cuts and layoffs now plague the system, and those draconian measures have many asking whether the university can afford to nurse along the Merced campus, which was born into controversy and still struggles to attract students.

Cruel Irony

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In response to a terrible economic downturn, the University of Southern Mississippi may eliminate its economics department and the professors within it.

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