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At a conference this week, it is clear that elite liberal arts colleges are concerned about the future, and silver bullets are hard to find.
With state lawmakers unwilling to fund capital projects at colleges and universities, public institutions increasingly turn to debt to finance construction and maintenance.
Big tuition hikes at elite private institutions contradict the notion that colleges are focusing on reining in sticker price to make education affordable.
Mount Holyoke joins a short -- but longer than usual -- list of colleges to freeze tuition. Moves could signal awareness of a limit to families' willingness to pay high sticker prices.
Rocky negotiations in Providence about how much Brown pays the city in lieu of taxes highlights the difficulty of determining an appropriate contribution.
Proposal being weighed by University of California to shift student payments to after graduation and tie them to income would be a dramatic change in how education is financed.
Institutional endowments for the 2011 fiscal year showed returns similar to pre-recession levels, but many still worth less than in 2007.
For three years, Illinois has delayed payments to public colleges, presenting a different sort of budgeting problem for administrators.
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