Higher Ed Finance

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Under the Ivy

Apr 17, 2017 by Peter Wood |

Ivy League universities picked up $41.59 billion in taxpayer-funded payments. How do these universities spend their share of the public purse? 

The Case for Income Share Agreements

Apr 11, 2017 by David Randall |

An alternative to student loans, ISAs allow for private investors to pay a student's tuition for returns in future income.

And We Shall Not All Be Dentists

Mar 27, 2014 by Amy L. Wax, Isaac N. Cohen |

Amy L. Wax and Isaac N. Cohen review the book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality.

Doubts, Deficits, Divestments, and Developments: A Higher Education Bubble Update

Jul 17, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

CFOs lack confidence in their institutions' financial sustainability, Loyola University fails to enroll enough students to make budget, and the University of Wisconsin announces a "flexible option" for college credit.

International Branch Campuses: Wise Investments or Just a Fad?

Oct 10, 2012 by George Leef |

Do the benefits of international branch campuses outweigh the costs?

Galloping to Insolvency

Aug 17, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood reviews a recent report that found that a third of American colleges and universities have unhealthy financial outlooks.

Letting the Higher Ed Crisis Go to Waste

Aug 09, 2012 by George Leef |

In California, shrinking budgets and enrollment numbers could have been the occasion for a redirection -- raising standards and trying to regain focus on the core mission of higher education.

Green Acres

Aug 07, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Colleges and universities tend to spend lavishly on diversity and sustainability initiatives, but is this really the best use of their (and taxpayers') money?

Universities Neglect Financial Sustainability

Jul 25, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

Mission creep in higher education turns out to have some serious monetary consequences for individual institutions. A new study urges college and university leaders to get back to the core and stop trying to be an all-purpose operation.

The 12 Reasons College Costs Keep Rising

Jun 18, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

NAS Board member Richard Vedder discusses the probable reasons for continually rising college costs.

Princeton and Urbana Universities: A Tale of Two Schools

Mar 05, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

Tax policies favor rich colleges, even though small, struggling liberal-arts colleges probably make far better use of incremental private donations, says Richard Vedder.

Social Justice Revival?

Jan 31, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

Whatever “social justice” is, it’s certainly not poor.

US Education Dept. Flunks Statisitics 101

Jan 26, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

Preparing a report for possible use in analyzing eligibility for student loans by race, the Department of Education forgot to include African American default data. Mr. Ricketts wonders why.

Are College Presidents Paid Too Much? NAS’s Herb London Weighs In

Dec 12, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Herb opines that some presidents may deserve the high salaries they receive, but often their income can hurt morale at a university if faculty members perceive it as unfairly extravagant. 

Historian Victor Davis Hanson on American Higher Ed

Nov 23, 2011 by George Leef |

Former Cal State Fresno history professor Victor Davis Hanson writes here about the sad history of American higher ed over the last 50 years. He refers to "the Fannie and Freddie university" meaning that higher ed has been politicized,…

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