Business issues

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.

Rice at a Crossroads

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The fate of a merger with Baylor College of Medicine will likely be decided in the coming weeks, but concerns about the partnership remain pronounced.

Second Opinion

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With trust in short supply, increasingly skeptical faculty and students turn to independent auditors to analyze the state of university budgets.

Waiting for Cash in Illinois

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With the state unable to pay appropriated funds, the University of Illinois institutes furloughs and other colleges plead for money the government owes them.

Tangled Web at Wesleyan

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Connecticut college sues former investment manager, charging that, with friends and family members, he conspired to enrich himself and shortchanged his job.

No Med School Merger for Rice

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University ends talks with Baylor College of Medicine, following a debate among faculty about pros and cons of partnership.

Sports Subsidies Soar

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At time of financial peril in higher education, USA Today data show level of institutional financing for athletics programs is large and growing.

The Little Engines That Couldn't

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In a twist on the old tale, the tortoise has won a sprint and the hare is leading the marathon. For the first time in the memory of most experts, colleges with small endowments ended the year with better returns than their elite counterparts, according to a survey released today by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Commonfund. But while small colleges investing heavily in low-risk, low-return assets lost the least in 2009, they’ve still been outdone, on average, by the wealthiest colleges over the last decade.

Risky Business

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High risk, high reward research may have the most promise of changing lives, but funding remains elusive, a Congressional committee hears Thursday.

Joint Ventures, Pre-Distress

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Small independent colleges typically seek private investment only as last resort. A Washington lawyer encourages them to seek outside money not to survive, but to grow.


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