Critics Take Aim (Again) at Rich University Endowments

The ire stirred by a recent op-ed and by a large gift sounds familiar. Questions about the tax benefits that flow to wealthy colleges have swirled before, to little avail.



When College Is Free, or Free(ish)  

Proposals to eliminate community-college tuition have recently grabbed headlines, but many students can already get some college education at close to no charge.



How Can You Tell When a College Is Circling the Drain?  

Data, opinions, and other vital signs are abundant, but good luck using them to identify a failing institution before it flatlines.


Sweet Briar Savors the Promise of Revival, but Fund-Raising Challenge Is Vast  

Advocates may have secured the colleges future for the short term. But theyve still got their work cut out for them.


Education Dept. Calls Imminent Rule a Reminder to States of Their Oversight Role

The rule, which will be enforced starting on July 1, requires state authorization for colleges to remain eligible to participate in federal student-aid programs.


Federal Dollars Finance Ever-Greater Share of Higher Education, Analysis Shows

From 2000 to 2012, U.S. government spending increased by 32 percent, while state spending fell by 37 percent.



When Students Are Disowned Over Sexuality or Gender, Some Colleges Lend Them a Hand  

Officials at the colleges have established emergency funds for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students whose families cut them off financially after they come out.


Before Cutting Tuition, Consider This  

Cutting tuition has both champions and critics. But both groups agree that a price cut is nowhere near that simple, and is not for every college.


Behind One Research University's Rise: Opportunism, Geography, and Good Fortune  

Want to reproduce the strategies that helped Northeastern University expand its research portfolio? Some are broadly applicable, but others are specific to the institution.


For 529 College-Savings Plans, a Big Challenge Is Setting the Record Straight

Advocates of the plans have long struggled to show that they’re more than just for the rich, but at a meeting this week, the talk was of how far they have to go.



Colleges 'Unleash the Deans' With Decentralized Budgets  

The responsibility-center approach gives academics a financial incentive to cut costs and think more strategically.


How Students' Economic Diversity Varies by College Type

A new report highlights many measures of inequality in higher education, including the concentration of high- and low-income students in different corners of academe.



How Do You Solve the Toughest Problems in Higher Ed? Offer Big Prizes  

Foundations and states hope high-dollar competitions help achieve policy goals, like getting more underprepared students through community college within three years.


College Endowments See Another Year of Growth

Buoyed by an improving economy, endowments’ returns on their investments rose to 15.5 percent in 2014, up from 11.7 percent the year before, an annual study finds.


Just Like That, 12 Campuses in Georgia Become 6

Consolidation has been a favorite strategy of University System of Georgia leaders in response to declining levels of state funding.


Nonprofit Group to Buy 56 of Corinthian's Campuses

The sale to the ECMC Group will create the largest nonprofit career-college system in the country. The new owners plan changes in program offerings, recruiting, and costs.


Grand Canyon U. Contemplates a Nonprofit Future

As for-profit higher education’s fortunes fade, an institution explores a conversion to appeal to Christian philanthropists.



Goals for Enrollment and Tuition Revenue Elude Many Colleges  

Demographic and economic factors produce discomfiting unpredictability for institutions, a survey shows.



As Law School Struggles to Stay Open, Some See ‘a Canary in the Coal Mine’  

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is working on a debt restructuring that it says will allow it to "prosper." Experts say that’s a tough order in legal education.



5 Things That Surprised a Chronicle Reporter

She has been covering colleges for 25 years, but some of what she learned when Oxford University Press asked her to write a book about the higher-ed crisis shocks her still.