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Housing developer reminded universities about project debt as they mulled fall plans

Company that builds and maintains student housing sent letters to public universities in at least two states in May as they weighed in-person fall classes, reminding them of hundreds of millions of debt.

Two colleges announce tuition-free, additional time on campus for returning and new students

Two colleges -- St. Norbert College and Pacific Lutheran University -- will offer students an extra term or two without charge. The programs aim to make up for subpar on-campus experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Radford University budget plan removes job protections and riles faculty members

Is a budget plan adopted under financial duress and threat of layoffs truly collaborative if only one side sets the terms of engagement? At Radford University, it depends on one's perspective.

Public and private measures of colleges' financial strength spark more discussion

Amid debate over government financial responsibility scores, a company estimates the coronavirus pandemic drove a 47 percent increase in private colleges at risk of closure.

Under pressure from Trump administration, wealthy colleges forgo stimulus funds

Facing criticism from the president and a warning from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Princeton, Stanford and -- eventually -- Harvard say they won't take millions in stimulus funds to help their needy students.

Being honest with students can help prevent abrupt college closures, report says

Regulating bodies must pay closer attention to college and university financial health, a new report from a liberal think tank finds.

Warning signs of Concordia University Portland's closure, which now stretches across states, higher education and Lutheran Synod

University leaders are tight-lipped about sudden closure plans, but a few events may have been warning signs. Now, details emerge about tensions with the university's affiliated church, leaving other colleges, church members and higher education sorting through the pieces.

New book examines market stress bearing down on colleges and universities

A new book looks at how the market is affecting colleges' futures -- and where risk is most concentrated.

Haverford College rolls out debt-relief program after end of no-loan policy

New program tries to address student debt concerns after college dropped no-loan policy. Can its targeted, relatively inexpensive model work?

Tufts will remove Sackler name from medical campus, drawing rebuke from Purdue Pharma's owners

Tufts will remove the name of a family closely linked to opioids from its medical campus as it releases a report on decades of donations. Family's lawyer calls the decision "intellectually dishonest," but fundraising experts see needed reckoning with the past.

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