Marjorie Valbrun

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February 28, 2019
A new survey report on national and regional education funding has found “a deep shift” among major philanthropies toward investment in postsecondary education and work-force and career readiness initiatives over traditional K-12 reforms.
February 19, 2019
At University of Southern California, some donors and trustees join with students and professors to demand that dean be kept in his job. Rancor is so intense that trustees have gone public with anger over dismissal.
February 14, 2019
Cornell officials acted instantly when an honoree at an event used the word "Negro." Many present were upset but praised the university for not ignoring what happened.
February 8, 2019
A $5 million donation may seem like small change in the era of Bloomberg's billions. But at community colleges the impact can be dramatic.
January 25, 2019
University public-private partnership projects, or PPPs, are expected to multiply over the next couple of years as universities speed up efforts to replace aging utility infrastructure. Moody’s Investor Service predicts these projects will carry “a wide variety of risks” for investors. According to a sector report recently released by Moody’s, each energy service project agreement reached by a university “includes unique requirements related to the scope of services, technology and operational and performance standards that can elevate risks for investors.”
December 11, 2018
Fallout from on-campus tragedies and athletic program controversies prompts donors to circle the wagons -- or flee.
December 4, 2018
New research points to differentials in faculty pay and class size.
November 2, 2018
New book outlines how rich donors have become more assertive about how their money should be used and explores the costs to higher ed.
October 24, 2018
Wisconsin Whitewater is latest university to find a presidential spouse can become a campus liability. Even on campuses without controversies, partners face heightened scrutiny.
October 8, 2018
Record $50 million gift to Saint Louis University gave donors the right to help pick head of research institute and give that person a faculty title. Professors see dangerous erosion of academic values.

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