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Tangled Web at Wesleyan

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Connecticut college sues former investment manager, charging that, with friends and family members, he conspired to enrich himself and shortchanged his job.

No Med School Merger for Rice

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University ends talks with Baylor College of Medicine, following a debate among faculty about pros and cons of partnership.

Sports Subsidies Soar

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At time of financial peril in higher education, USA Today data show level of institutional financing for athletics programs is large and growing.

The Little Engines That Couldn't

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In a twist on the old tale, the tortoise has won a sprint and the hare is leading the marathon. For the first time in the memory of most experts, colleges with small endowments ended the year with better returns than their elite counterparts, according to a survey released today by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Commonfund. But while small colleges investing heavily in low-risk, low-return assets lost the least in 2009, they’ve still been outdone, on average, by the wealthiest colleges over the last decade.

Risky Business

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High risk, high reward research may have the most promise of changing lives, but funding remains elusive, a Congressional committee hears Thursday.

Joint Ventures, Pre-Distress

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Small independent colleges typically seek private investment only as last resort. A Washington lawyer encourages them to seek outside money not to survive, but to grow.

Fading Stimulus Saved Colleges

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State and local support for higher ed fell by $2.8 billion in 2009, but federal dollars delayed the painful cuts still likely to come, report finds.

Churning Out Companies

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Annual survey of licensing and patents finds that universities created 542 start-ups and generated $2.4 billion in licensing revenue in 2008.

Drop-Out Insurance

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Is the market to assure parents of tuition refunds about to take off?

Learning by Doing

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BALTIMORE – Teaching entrepreneurship has become one way for colleges to help local economies. Creating degree programs focused on the acquisition of business-savvy skills without a unifying theme, however, is often a difficult sell with both professors and students. Without creating new degrees, one community college has achieved success in the classroom and spawned many a student-run business in its area by encouraging faculty to embed entrepreneurship into their traditional curriculum.

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