Business issues

Yeshiva, which has junk bond finances, isn't going anywhere, professors say

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Yeshiva's finances look bad, but some faculty members there do not despair.

New database allows users to compare sports and academic spending

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New Knight Commission database enables comparisons (at college and conference level) of sports expenditures per athlete with academic expenditures per student.

Pennsylvania's 14-university system feeling the pain of budget cuts and demographic shifts

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The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Ed has already cut academic programs and staff members; now it has to cut more programs and professors. 

Australian university employees weigh plan to tie raises to institutional performance

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Employees at an Australian university will vote this week on a proposal to tie their raises to the university's financial results, with a bonus pool possible.

U. of Michigan tries to save money on staff costs, but meets faculty opposition

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The University of Michigan is trying to save millions on staff costs, using an increasingly popular strategy, but faculty are unhappy.

Prestigious liberal arts colleges face ratings downgrades

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Prestigious liberal arts colleges are facing financial pressures, according to recent credit ratings.

State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed

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With budgets set in many states, public colleges fare better than in recent years. Does that represent typical trend in a recovering economy, or something more?

UC business schools see different levels of resistance to innovation plans

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UCLA wins approval to make M.B.A. program self-sufficient, which the school sees as key to long-term success. The UCLA plan remains controversial, but Berkeley’s Haas School has changed its business model with much less resistance.

Colorado colleges can double-count merit scholars to grow non-resident enrollment

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New Colorado law – nominally about merit scholarships – is a backdoor way to let public universities enroll more out-of-state students without raising the state’s statutory cap on out-of-state students.

Distribution of New Jersey's $1.3 billion higher ed bond raising multiple issues

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New Jersey’s opaque process of divvying up $1.3 billion in state money for capital projects leaves many unhappy with the proposed plans. But few “best practices” exist.

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