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How financial aid admins can help curb crippling student debt

Despite news headlines depicting students with six-figure debt levels, the average student borrower’s debt burden is not necessarily devastating. Among graduates in 2011 who borrowed to pay for higher education, the average loan debt at graduation was $26,600. Only 1.5 percent of borrowers owed $100,000 or more in 2007-2008.

Higher education faces tuition disruption

Has college tuition begun to go the way of Walmart-style pricing? College administrators are experimenting with cut-rate models by freezing tuition, slashing sticker prices, and rolling back tuition, driven to discover a way to tip the scales toward enrollment growth. So far, these efforts aimed at tipping the scales toward enrollment growth have been mixed.

7 keys to managing campus compensation

When the topic of higher ed salaries draws public attention, more often than not the focus is on presidents or football coaches. But behind the scenes, the real challenge for college and university leaders lies in crafting compensation practices to recruit and reward the talented faculty and staff who make up the heart of every institution.

The IRS report on higher ed and what it means to a business officer

In 2008, the IRS sent 400 questionnaires to colleges and universities. From that sample, 40 were selected to be audited and 34 of those audits have been completed. Here's what the IRS found and what it means to you.

The IRS report on colleges and universities and what it means to a business officer

In 2008, the IRS sent 400 questionnaires to colleges and universities. From that sample, 40 were selected to be audited and 34 of those audits have been completed. Here's what the IRS found and what it means to you.

Socially responsible investing: Doing well by doing good

For decades, institutional investors have struggled with the challenges posed by “responsible” investing. These investors faced a wide range of issues—definition, measurement, and objective-setting among them. But, the most pervasive question was—and continues to be—whether socially responsible investing helps or hurts long-term investment performance.

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Grand Canyon University freezes tuition for sixth straight year

Grand Canyon University has announced that it will freeze on-campus tuition costs in 2014-2015 for the sixth straight year. Tuition for online students also will remain unchanged.

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CU-Boulder chancellor: Tuition at its 'breaking point'

Tuition is reaching its "breaking point" at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus, says CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano. DiStefano described the gloomy outlook for higher education as state and federal funding continues to decline, but said the university is coming up with new ways to grow revenue "creatively."

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Big endowments see solid returns for year

Many of the largest college and university endowments are reporting returns in the low double digits for their fiscal year ended June 30, easily outperforming their year-earlier performance. “The performance numbers so far have been pretty consistent,” said Mark Brubaker, a Pittsburgh-based managing director of Wilshire Associates.

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Stanford endowment jumped 9.7% in 2013

Stanford University saw a 9.7 percent increase in its endowment during the 2013 fiscal year, bringing the Palo Alto school's total value of investments to $18.7 billion. The university reported strong investment returns and new gifts as two major reasons for the increase, which continues a trend of growth after the 2008 recession.

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