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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.

Fading Stimulus Saved Colleges

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State and local support for higher ed fell by $2.8 billion in 2009, but federal dollars delayed the painful cuts still likely to come, report finds.

Churning Out Companies

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Annual survey of licensing and patents finds that universities created 542 start-ups and generated $2.4 billion in licensing revenue in 2008.

Drop-Out Insurance

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Is the market to assure parents of tuition refunds about to take off?

Learning by Doing

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BALTIMORE – Teaching entrepreneurship has become one way for colleges to help local economies. Creating degree programs focused on the acquisition of business-savvy skills without a unifying theme, however, is often a difficult sell with both professors and students. Without creating new degrees, one community college has achieved success in the classroom and spawned many a student-run business in its area by encouraging faculty to embed entrepreneurship into their traditional curriculum.

Looking Before They Leap

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In theory, it sounded like an interesting partnership. American University’s Kogod School of Business wanted to team up with the university's School of International Service, building a graduate degree program that would cater to idealistic students who might not otherwise be drawn to the business school.

Using Data to Drive Performance

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ST. PAUL, MINN. -- Pockets of experimentation and potential change are cropping up all over the place in higher education. Here, it's the OpenCourseWare movement. There, colleges are adopting "just in time" remediation. And over here, some states are changing funding formulas to reward institutions for graduating students rather than merely enrolling them.

Debt Hunters

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You can run, but you can't hide.

In an age where every penny counts, some universities are pulling out all the stops to collect parking ticket debts. Colleges are deploying a full arsenal of weapons, including the use of high-tech equipment to scan parking lots for violators, and the enlistment of collection agencies to hunt down deadbeats.

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