High-risk, high-reward policies heavily influenced by Wall Street helped some college endowments grow to several times their original sizes, but they also did damage to employees, local communities and the global financial system, a new assessment of investment practices at Harvard University and five other New England institutions suggests.
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May 21, 2010
May 20, 2010
No enterprise can be all things to all people, but that doesn’t stop plenty of college presidents from introducing new departments, centers and initiatives aimed at making their institutions the best at everything. Daniel M. Fogel, who’s been president of the University of Vermont since 2002, isn’t one of them. “There are so many disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas where we have strength and could build up more,” he says. “But you can’t prioritize everything: that’s not what prioritization is. We need to pick and choose areas of focus and emphasis.”
May 18, 2010
The University of California at Berkeley is an experimental place, and sometimes those experiments start as early as the summer before new students set foot on campus. This summer, the university’s College of Letters and Science -- home to three quarters of Berkeley’s 25,000 undergraduates -- will ask freshmen and transfers to return a cotton swab covered in cells collected from their inner cheeks in an effort to introduce them to the emerging field of personalized medicine.
May 17, 2010
Jim Yong Kim hasn’t been quiet about his desire to change how health care works in the United States and around the world. The former professor at Harvard University’s schools of medicine and public health, who became Dartmouth College’s president last summer, isn’t unique in wanting to foster a multidisciplinary approach to solving health care’s problems, but he has been vocal about what he sees as the need to galvanize those efforts under the banner of “health care delivery science.”
May 14, 2010
The undergraduate offerings at Stanford University’s School of Engineering could be engaged in a tug of war. On one side is the foundation of math, science and major-specific courses students need to earn a degree now, or four years from now. On the other, the skills, curiosity and bent toward problem solving that students will need in their first job and in the job they get 20 or 40 years into their careers.
May 11, 2010
Disasters and tragedies over the last decade have motivated colleges and universities to develop emergency management plans, but very little information has been collected to give campus officials a sense of how their programs compare to their neighbors and peer institutions.
May 10, 2010
To a cash-strapped public university, the promise of hundreds of new international applicants each year, paying full out-of-state tuition and spreading the institution’s name around the world, might be too good to pass up.
May 5, 2010
A few years ago, any discussion of the master’s in business administration would begin with discussions of scandal and mismanagement. Look at instances of accounting fraud at Enron and WorldCom: MBAs behaving badly. A president of the United States with mixed approval ratings and plenty of opponents in his own party: an MBA whose leadership skills seemed lacking.
May 4, 2010
The alarming spike in demand for mental health services on college campuses that began about a decade ago appears to be leveling off, a just-released survey of counseling center directors suggests.
April 30, 2010
WASHINGTON – Associations, accreditors and scholars have issued report after report proposing ways to improve teacher preparation, but a high-profile federal study released Thursday urges the U.S.