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Rogers, Jenny – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
For years, faculty members have pointed to the sluggish growth in the number of tenured professors and complained that university payrolls are filled with too many administrators. This, they maintain, adds unnecessary costs and takes the focus away from teaching and learning. But whether such "administrative bloat" is really occurring and how much…
Descriptors: Tenure, College Faculty, College Administration, Administrators
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
As a new GI Bill moved through Congress in 2008, a handful of influential politicians grew concerned. Would such a generous education program trigger an exodus of service members during two wars? At the Pentagon's urging, the lawmakers proposed a fix: Give troops the option to transfer their benefits to a child or spouse. That policy quickly…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Dependents, Paying for College, Federal Government
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Some students at University of Florida can take classes only during the spring and summer semesters for as long as they are enrolled. Each year they will get a four-month break--the fall semester--when they can take online courses, study abroad, or do internships. Some may opt to work. Despite their schedules, the students are full-fledged…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Educational Innovation, Colleges, Online Courses
Harper, Steven J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The Law School Admission Council recently reported that applications were heading toward a 30-year low, reflecting, as a "New York Times" article put it, "increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt, and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation." Since 2004 the number of law-school…
Descriptors: Law Schools, Admission (School), Declining Enrollment, Enrollment Trends
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The dissertation adviser's task may be to give advice, but his or her approval is required for the thesis to pass and the degree to be awarded. It is the graduate student's dissertation, but the imprimatur belongs to the dissertation adviser, so perhaps the process belongs to both of them. But that equation leaves out some other important actors,…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, College Faculty, Academic Advising, Graduate Students
Love, Julia – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
For college fund raisers, one bright spot in the economic doldrums is that it is easier to talk with potential donors about their deaths. As donors worry about outliving their assets, fund raisers find success--and often bigger donations--in asking them for bequests. Many college fund raisers have raised the subject of bequests more actively with…
Descriptors: Alumni, Donors, Fund Raising, Financial Services
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The academic work force has been transformed over the past several decades, less by design than out of expediency. In 1969, professors who were either tenured or tenure-track made up 78 percent of the faculty. Those working part time made up only 18.5 percent. By 2009, those proportions had almost flipped, with tenured and tenure-track making up…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Tenure, Doctoral Degrees
Rogers, Jenny – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In the long-running debate over how many administrators are too many, two economic researchers believe they have identified an ideal ratio. For colleges to operate most effectively, they say, each institution should employ three tenured or tenure-track faculty for every one full-time administrator. What the ratio is now is difficult to say, though…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Governance, Personnel Selection
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Of all endowments valued at more than $250-million, the UCLA Foundation had the highest rate of growth over the previous year, at 49 percent. This article presents a table of the largest college endowments in 2011. The table covers the "rank," "institution," "market value as of June 30, 2011," and "1-year change" of institutions participating in…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Tables (Data), Educational Finance, Financial Support
Pokross, Ben – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
With tax revenues beginning to rebound in most states and endowments on the rebound at many private and public institutions, colleges and universities are growing more hopeful about their financial outlook and instituting new strategies to take advantage of the opportunities. Yet as the economic recovery has slowed in the past few months,…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Colleges, Private Colleges, Community Colleges
Carlson, Scott – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Many colleges have put off repairs and renovation since the recession. Now crumbling buildings, limited budgets, and mounting debt present an increasingly intractable problem. Sightlines, a consulting company that tracks and analyzes facilities issues at more than 300 colleges, shared some of its latest findings with "The Chronicle". The data…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Private Financial Support, School Maintenance, Colleges
Basken, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
A two-year Congressionally mandated assessment of financial threats to the nation's research universities ended on Thursday with the offer of a grand bargain: Cut costs and form more partnerships with communities and industry, and expect increased revenues and fewer regulations. A report on the study, coordinated by the National Research Council…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Industry, Costs, Graduation Rate
Fuller, Andrea – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Many of the nation's chiropractic colleges, like other small colleges that rely heavily on tuition, are struggling to stay in business. At the same time that they are working to improve their stature in higher education and broadening their missions to increase their appeal, a number of the colleges are seeing enrollments plummet--and revenues are…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Colleges, Teacher Salaries, Educational Change
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In autumn, most colleges' football fields are covered with a thick carpet of grass or artificial turf and are adorned with yard lines. But the football field at Paul Quinn College was carved up by plowing and planting. This past fall, portions of the college's gridiron were covered with sweet potatoes, watermelons, peppers, rosemary, and sugar…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Financial Problems, Black Colleges, Educational Finance
Fuller, Andrea; Blumenstyk, Goldie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Endowment growth in 2011 came in no small part because universities have increasingly invested in private equity--the same private equity that has become a hot-button issue on the 2012 campaign trail, with some candidates and commentators calling into question its social value. Private equity is "of increasing significance" for endowments. It made…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Investment, Educational Finance, Colleges
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