Charlie Wilson's Chair

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He may not be Thomas Jefferson, but that does not seem to matter to his supporters. Charlie Wilson, the notoriously fun-loving former Texas Congressman, may soon have an endowed professor’s chair named in his honor, to the dismay of some professors at the University of Texas at Austin.

Encouraging Interdisciplinarity

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Consortium of research universities considers steps to support cross-departmental research by making changes at faculty and administrative levels.

Scrutiny for a Presidential Spouse

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U. of Tennessee banned wife of system's leader from contact with donors and employees -- and lifted ban only after stipulating her lack of authority.

Give or Feel Guilty

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Syracuse claims that almost 400 of its students are at risk of not returning for the spring semester unless it can raise $2 million by the end of January.

Unsettling Settlement Over 'Donor Intent'

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Given the level of vitriol that marked the six-year legal battle between Princeton University and the relatives of a former donor, it's hardly surprising that Wednesday's settlement to bring the lawsuit to a close was not, as some such accords are, of the "Can't we all just get along?" group hug variety.

'Jewish Studies, Jewish Money'

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WASHINGTON -- The panelists were to consider four questions. To summarize the first three: To what extent has Jewish philanthropy shaped the growth and content of Jewish studies as a field; have such external influences changed over the years; and does Jewish studies stand out, apart from the sciences, for its dependence on outside cash? To quote the moderator, Steven J. Zipperstein of Stanford University, on the fourth, “When is money too expensive to accept?”

Giving: Up, but Going Down

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Donations to colleges and universities rose significantly in 2008 fiscal year, but decline widely expected going forward.

More Mystery Gifts

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Now that people realize an anonymous benefactor is sending millions to universities led by women, some donations from last year appear linked.

Flexible Fund Raising

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With even wealthy individuals feeling the downturn, development officers are making more accommodations, such as allowing more time to fulfill pledges.

Contributions to Colleges Drop 12%

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Decline is steepest in history of survey by Council for Aid to Education. Alumni giving rate drops to all-time low of 10%.


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