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Leaders consider future of tiny liberal arts colleges

Presidents of tiny liberal arts colleges work to make themselves heard above talk of mergers and large institutions.

Princeton settlement leaves door open for future tax exemption challenges

Princeton agrees to pay millions to local taxpayers to get them to drop a lawsuit, but the principles could surface elsewhere -- and again at Princeton in six years.

Chicago State struggles under questions of enrollment, finance, leadership

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“I just wonder how long we can go,” one faculty member at the financially struggling public university says.

Low endowment returns don't stop regulation push

Endowment spending remains under scrutiny, even as low returns roll in this year for colleges with large investment holdings.

University of Wyoming faces more than a budget crunch

A new president fights to juggle a budget crunch with other major initiatives while faculty members worry about institutional direction and spending on big-ticket items.

When a major donor can't complete a pledge

A medical school building keeps its name at Marian University in Indianapolis, even after the man it's named for can't fulfill a $48 million pledge.

Bard College faces liquidity (and strategy) questions

Bard College takes (another) ratings downgrade on liquidity concerns. Can leaders keep defying the conventional financial wisdom?

Washington & Jefferson balances new programs with old emphasis

Washington & Jefferson dips its toe into graduate programs, but leaders of the traditionally undergraduate college admit it's a balancing act, and are moving more modestly than other colleges trying to diversify their offerings.

Report scrutinizes endowment spending on low-income students

A new report suggests wealthy institutions should spend more from their endowments to help low-income students, but many campus critics say it's not so simple.

Business offices changing in many ways

Different strategies take stage at the National Association of College and University Business Officers' annual meeting.

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