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ERIC Number: EJ883900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
Coping with Economic Uncertainty: Focus on Key Risks Essential
Sander, Laura
Trusteeship, v17 n1 p16-21 Jan-Feb 2009
During this period of continued economic uncertainty, higher-education institutions are facing a variety of challenges that by now are very familiar to governing boards and institutional leaders, including poor investment returns, reduced liquidity, limited choices in how they structure debt issues, and threats to flexibility in tuition pricing. Within each of these areas, based on the data that Moody's Investors Service has gathered through its assignment of debt ratings to approximately 530 private and public colleges, the author believes that the vulnerabilities may affect certain types of institutions more than others--particularly the more expensive, more tuition-dependent institutions and small private colleges with lower credit ratings. This article presents several risks identified by Moody's that could weaken the credit quality of higher-education institutions in the short term. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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