How Does a State College Survive, and Thrive, on Emergency Funding?

As public institutions in Illinois fall victim to budget gridlock, experts say short-term funding makes it difficult for administrators to plan for the future.



3 Small Colleges Close. Is That a Trend?

Dowling, St. Catharine, and Burlington Colleges have plenty of company in financial peril. But small-college leaders say the institutions that shut down may be victims of unusual circumstances, not harbingers of certain doom.



Illinois Still Hasn’t Passed a Budget. Here’s What That Means for Its Public Universities.

With an ugly legislative battle about to enter its second year, higher education is caught in the crossfire. Public-college leaders describe how they plan to move forward without clear expectations for state support.



George Mason Faculty Demands Review of University's Agreements With Donors

Criticizing plans to rename the university's law school for Justice Antonin Scalia, the Faculty Senate called for the suspension of a pact between the school and the Charles Koch Foundation.



The Mark Cuban Effect: How a Vocal Billionaire Is Betting on Higher Ed’s Disruption

The celebrity businessman and ed-tech mentor says education "is a mess." He hopes to help turn it around with investments in start-ups and sharp criticism of bloated administration, glitzy facilities, and "easy money" in student loans.



2 Hot Themes From a Fast-Growing Innovation Summit

Mentorship tools and college-to-career services dominated the buzz at a gathering of ed-tech companies, investors, and educators.


What Hourly Higher-Ed Employees Made in 2015-16

Skilled craft workers, including electricians and plumbers, were among the best-compensated hourly employees of colleges and universities, according to a survey released on Monday.



What a Funding Fracas Could Mean for the Future of CUNY

Andrew M. Cuomo, New York’s governor, has called for the state to shift $485 million of its contribution to the university system onto New York City. But the city has balked, leaving faculty members concerned.



As Neighboring Campus Faced Death, Hollins U. Set Itself Apart

The university, in Roanoke, Va., has avoided the pitfalls that other small colleges have faced.



As College-Run Bookstores Hang by a Thread, Chapel Hill Ponders Virtual Alternatives

Like many campus stores, UNC Student Stores has seen declining revenue. The options include outsourcing it and turning it into an e-commerce operation.



Inside One University's Pursuit of Nine-Figure Donations

Northwestern University’s remarkable year illustrates how one blockbuster donation can lead to another.


Congress Again Scrutinizes Colleges With Big Endowments

Private institutions whose nest eggs exceed $1 billion are the focus of lawmakers’ questionnaires.


State Spending on Higher Education Continues Slow Improvement

For a third consecutive year, state money increased by a modest amount, though some states are still spending less than they were five years earlier.



For Illinois's Public Colleges, No State Money Means Plenty of Pain

As a monthslong budget deadlock drags on, college officials say it’s only a matter of time before some institutions will have to restructure themselves — or close.


College Endowments Are Flourishing Again — and Critics Are Taking Note

Some in Congress want more money to go to scholarships and less to private-equity managers. But nonprofit groups worry that restrictions could have a spillover effect on others.



Little for Students in ‘Historic’ Settlement of Education Management Case

The $95.5-million deal that the company reached with the government and whistle-blowers makes no specific provision to help students who took out federal loans to attend the company’s colleges.


Missing the Mark on Enrollment and Revenue: No Easy Fix

A third of the colleges that responded to an annual Chronicle survey didn’t meet their enrollment or revenue goals this year. For some, the time has come to make hard choices.


Why a Certain $21 Million Is Worth Much More to the U. of Phoenix

For now, the university is barred from enrolling active-duty military personnel under a Department of Defense program. The loss of that ability, and the money that comes with it, could have an outsize impact.


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.