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ERIC Number: EJ893009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
What about the Rest of Us? Small Colleges in Financial Crisis
Chabotar, Kent John
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n4 p6-12 Jul-Aug 2010
Economic hardship and uncertainty dominates the discussion of American higher education these days. Since about 80 percent of American students attend public institutions, much of the conversation has centered on their plummeting state aid and soaring student fees. With a hike in student fees by a third in one year, California's situation has been particularly newsworthy. Media attention has also focused on well-endowed private research universities, where the drop in stock market values unfortunately coincided with a rising dependence on endowments to augment operating budgets and an increasing reliance on alternative assets such as hedge funds; meanwhile, relatively illiquid investments constrained the amount of cash that is institutions had to meet payroll and other obligations. How have the hundreds of small private colleges with smaller enrollments and lower endowments coped? In this article, the author will focus on the initial fears in fall 2008, the facts as they emerged through 2009 and into 2010, and selected responses that seemed most effective. (Contains 6 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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