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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.

What Passes for a Raise Today

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As budget anxieties persist, some universities address years of stagnant wages with one-time salary boosts instead of permanent raises.

Brand New Dilemma

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Many colleges now see branding campaigns as a competitive necessity, but it's a tricky task that seems invariably to invite critics.

Welcome, Now Start Slashing

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Hiring provosts who will be immediately charged with budget-cutting presents dilemma for presidents, who debate whether task is best suited for someone new.

Navigating the Health Care Maze

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In response to new law, colleges have a host of decisions -- some potentially expensive -- to make about the future of coverage for employees.

New Job With an Old Friend

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Former Arkansas State system chief, who now holds faculty post, says he wants to strengthen existing university ties to controversial online education company that hired him just as he resigned presidency.

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