Business issues

Call Your PR Director, Fast

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When a production company tells your president or dean it wants to profile your college or school in a national television documentary, the offer may not be what it seems.

Why 'Nonprofit' Does NOT Mean 'Lose Money'

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It was just a tidbit of information, offered toward the end of a presentation slotted in that sleepy, after-lunch-at-a-jampacked-conference hour. But the nature of the tidbit caught the audience’s attention: On average, full-time faculty members at the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus were being subsidized to the tune of $10,554 apiece.

Will More Colleges Merge?

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Recent moves by some private institutions -- combined with worsening economy -- have some experts predicting more consolidation in next few years.

Waiting to Assess Gustav's Damage

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Nicholls State University is located in Thibodaux, La., about 20 miles from where the center of Hurricane Gustav hit land Monday morning. And Nicholls State may illustrate both the progress made by Gulf colleges and universities since Katrina three years ago, and the uncertainty with any natural disaster.

Trickle-Down Economic Duress

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Months of national fiscal strain have had little direct impact on most colleges so far. As liquidity crisis intensifies, a few signs of actual distress begin to emerge in higher education.

Pulling the Plug on a Struggling Program

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After losing $1 million a year on an outpost in Fort Wayne, Taylor U. will shutter branch campus's traditional undergraduate operation, affecting 300 students and 120 faculty and staff.

Nevada College Chancellor Asks U.S. for $3 Billion Bailout

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With state facing major deficit and painful budget cuts, head of university system says Nevadans are just as deserving as Wall Street firms getting federal aid.

'Accreditation Lite' for International Recruiting Agents

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In the realm of international student recruiting, “A lot of agents will just send out blanket e-mails to universities saying, ‘Oh, I would like to be your representative,’ ” says Sabine Klahr, director of international programs at Boise State University. “We don’t answer those e-mails typically."

“There are no standards at this point,” Klahr explains. “You could work with agents throughout the world who are not" -- she pauses, searching for the right word -- "they are not reputable business people, essentially. How do you know that you can trust them?”

War of Words on Investments in Israel

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Student group says Hampshire is the first U.S. college to divest on behalf of Palestinians; college says its decision to transfer money from one fund to another was not about the Middle East.

A Bad Budget That Could Have Been Worse

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As California leaders end impasse, plan to close huge gap cuts hundreds of millions in college operating support, but spares student aid and funds community college enrollment growth.


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