Development / fund raising / alumni affairs

Endowment returns, negative in 2012, return to double digits

A year ago, endowment investment returns were in the red, now they are nearly 12 percent. But it's unlikely to last.

Proposed Ph.D. funded by JPMorgan Chase raises questions at U. of Delaware

A planned doctoral program at University of Delaware -- funded primarily by JPMorgan Chase -- is raising questions about academic-business partnerships.

Centre College loses huge donation

What would have been the largest donation ever to a liberal arts college isn't headed to Centre College and it's not exactly clear why.

University presidents work to increase recognizability with alumni

Despite social media and alumni magazine profiles, most college alumni don’t know the president of their alma mater. Does that matter?

Vanderbilt's singular focus on raising money for aid lowers debt

Vanderbilt has seen average student debt decline due to “singular focus” on fund raising for need-based financial aid, a potential model for other universities. Hopkins has taken similar approach.

Dartmouth investments in board members' firms raise questions about disclosure requirements

Allegation that Dartmouth's board behaved unethically when it invested with firms managed by members raises questions about whether disclosure laws should do more to discourage such behavior.

Iowa proposes to end use of tuition revenue for financial aid

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Iowa proposal to eliminate use of tuition dollars for financial aid raises questions about who should shoulder the burden of financial aid and who decides how aid gets doled out.

Wesleyan shifts away from need-blind policy, citing financial and ethical concerns

Wesleyan University is moving away from need-blind admissions, saying that keeping the policy would require too much money and impose too much debt on some students.

Colleges ponder the pros and cons of Pinterest as a marketing tool

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Colleges consider the pros and cons of Pinterest, the fast-growing, image-based social media website, as a marketing platform.

Campus-themed Internet memes go viral

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With the help of a young entrepreneur and thousands of willing college students, campus-specific Web gags go viral.

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