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Bad Time for Sports Overspending

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Facing furloughs and decimation of academic budgets, Berkeley faculty are dismayed to learn of university loans to fill multimillion-dollar deficits in athletics department -- on top of annual subsidies.

Revenue Dip for Private Colleges

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Institutions worked to maintain enrollment through increased aid and lower tuition increases, but net tuition and fee revenues are expected to fall on many campuses, Moody's reports.

In Search of the Big Idea

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In a day of soul searching at TIAA-CREF's higher ed conference, college leaders wrestle with what lies ahead. A mix of optimism and fear ensues.

The Long Talk Continues

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College leaders at TIAA-CREF conference say reforms are crucial for future of higher ed, but acknowledge they've been saying that for years with little change.

Spoonful of Sugar

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When pressing students to pay $1,000 surcharge, Wisconsin-Madison promised them a say in how money would be spent. That's made hike easier to swallow.

Budget Cutting Strategies Reviewed

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The hardest hit public universities have eliminated staff and contingent faculty slots, but still have "strategic" thinking to do about the long term, an association survey finds.

Taxing Relationships

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Colleges and businesses often work together, but they’re not always allies on tax policy. A downward economy could test their ties.

Suit: College Lowered Standards For Revenue

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SUNY Cobleskill eased admissions and retention practices to get more tuition from unqualified -- mostly black -- students, a former dean says in a retaliation lawsuit.

'The Business of Higher Education'

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The notion that colleges need to act more like businesses appeals to many people outside higher education and, especially in difficult financial times, to some trustees and state leaders. Efficiency, productivity, innovation -- all concepts that colleges and universities are all too often accused of lacking.

Slight Rebound for Endowments

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Preliminary study suggests that after steep drop in last half of 2008, college investments edged upward in first half of 2009. Overall decline in rate of return -- 19 percent -- would be biggest in 35 years.

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