College endowments returned 8.2 percent in 2018; annual survey adds some insight into how funds are spent

Returns fell by a third in 2018 but were still positive, according to survey. Questions rise over how wealthy and poor institutions are spending diverging gains. Plus list of the largest endowments.

A year after tax law changes, new guidance still rolling out for colleges

Colleges have more information about complying with the new tax law than they did a year ago. That means new bookkeeping practices, new taxes on highly paid employees and, maybe, eliminating reserved parking spaces.

Close ties between University of Michigan’s investments and donors draw scrutiny and criticism

University's endowment has grown. Should funds be invested with those who are also major donors?

Pressure mounts on colleges' ties to the firearms industry

St. Thomas in Florida forces out CFO who was on gun company's board as renewed focus on firearm investments has colleges quietly checking their portfolios.

Dozens more colleges will pay endowment taxes if growth rates continue

The number of institutions subject to the newly enacted tax could grow by dozens in future years.

Wealthy colleges face uncertainty as they seek ways to avoid new endowment tax

Despite unknowns, colleges and universities are looking at investment and spending strategies to dodge a new tax on net investment earnings.

Some tax-bill provisions opposed by higher ed dropped in conference negotiations

Reports indicate congressional negotiators have dropped repeal of tax-exempt tuition waivers for graduate students and other provisions affecting higher ed from final tax-reform bill.

Barnard announces criteria for evaluating fossil fuel companies' investment worthiness

Barnard unveils criteria it will use to evaluate whether a fossil fuel company is a good or bad actor worthy of its investment. An emphasis is on climate science.

GOP tax overhaul would eliminate tax breaks used by colleges and students

Republican tax reform plan would tax large endowments and limit or kill key deductions, including one for student loan interest and another for graduate students.

Endowment returns fell in 2016

Endowment returns fall into the red, averaging -1.9 percent in 2016.


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