Marjorie Valbrun

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April 11, 2019
College fund-raisers are fielding questions and talking among themselves about the meaning of the Varsity Blues scandal.
March 26, 2019
Students, alumni and faculty worry University of Southern California's attempts to move past scandals have been sidetracked by the recent admissions fraud and bribery case. Some wonder if the university's image will be permanently sullied.
February 28, 2019
A new survey report on national and regional education funding has found “a deep shift” among major philanthropies toward investment in postsecondary education and work-force and career readiness initiatives over traditional K-12 reforms.
February 19, 2019
At University of Southern California, some donors and trustees join with students and professors to demand that dean be kept in his job. Rancor is so intense that trustees have gone public with anger over dismissal.
February 14, 2019
Cornell officials acted instantly when an honoree at an event used the word "Negro." Many present were upset but praised the university for not ignoring what happened.
February 8, 2019
A $5 million donation may seem like small change in the era of Bloomberg's billions. But at community colleges the impact can be dramatic.
January 25, 2019
University public-private partnership projects, or PPPs, are expected to multiply over the next couple of years as universities speed up efforts to replace aging utility infrastructure. Moody’s Investor Service predicts these projects will carry “a wide variety of risks” for investors. According to a sector report recently released by Moody’s, each energy service project agreement reached by a university “includes unique requirements related to the scope of services, technology and operational and performance standards that can elevate risks for investors.”
December 11, 2018
Fallout from on-campus tragedies and athletic program controversies prompts donors to circle the wagons -- or flee.
December 4, 2018
New research points to differentials in faculty pay and class size.
November 2, 2018
New book outlines how rich donors have become more assertive about how their money should be used and explores the costs to higher ed.


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