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A Consultancy Within

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The list of problems (and opportunities) facing most colleges is long -- figuring out how to do more with less, setting priorities for investing time and money -- and some of those same challenges make it harder for institutions to solve them. As staffs and budgets stagnate or shrink, day-to-day demands often push aside the sort of strategic thinking and analysis that might pay dividends in the long term -- work for which institutions often turn to outside consultants for help.

Hendrix's Odyssey

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For Hendrix College, the past decade ushered in a series of unfortunate events.

Help for State Higher Ed

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WASHINGTON -- With state revenues stagnating and unemployment stuck at high levels in most states, the budget outlook for public higher education in the 2011 fiscal year remains rather bleak. But college leaders in most states are poised to get a gift from the nation's capital this week, in the form, oddly enough, of $16 billion in Medicaid funds.

United Front

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WASHINGTON -- Call it couples therapy for higher education administrators.

Hunting Out West

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The strategy may not be new, but few expected it to come out of Cobleskill, N.Y.

Betting on Bling

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Fearing inflation and U.S. debt, University of Texas investment arm adds gold to portfolio – and its officials suggest others have privately done the same.

Search Endeavor Questioned

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Association of Governing Boards touts its expertise as it starts new business, but some potential competitors say conflicts of interest may emerge.

Deanship 2.0

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A long-established position within academe now requires amorphous blend of fund-raising prowess, big picture thinking, budget savvy and entrepreneurship.

False Ideal?

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Virginia's "restructured" universities are billed as examples of autonomous public colleges, but some say state has broken pledges and raided their funds in budget crunch.

Digging Out of the Hole

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Anecdotal reports show endowments rebounding, but getting back to pre-recession levels remains a challenge.

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