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Malcolm Gladwell Is Making Enemies In Higher Education. That’s A Good Thing.

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.12.2016 | Home

Author Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast, “Revisionist History,” is only on its sixth episode, but it already tops the iTunes charts and is helping...

Fossil Fuel Divestiture Campaign Focuses On Big Pensions

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 07.14.2016 | Home
Carol Pierson Holding

The fossil fuel divestiture campaign GoFossilFree equates the end of oil, gas and coal to the great moral crusades of our time -- Apartheid and tobacco -- while hoping to reduce demand for fossil fuel stocks and thereby threaten their stock prices.

U.S., China Cooperate on Climate: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful

Daniel K. Gardner | Posted 02.04.2015 | Home
Daniel K. Gardner

When the world's two largest CO2 emitters finally come together, own up to their carbon culpability, and agree that it's time to go down a path of climate cooperation, there is reason--for once in a long time--to be cautiously hopeful.

Three Reasons Stanford's Decision to Dump Coal Is a Game Changer

Judith Samuelson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Home
Judith Samuelson

One of the curious things that make up our national lethargy on climate is the deafening silence from young Americans who will pay the biggest costs of global warming -- personally and financially. It's a relief to see students step up on the opportunity to shape their future.

It Sucks to Be a College Debt-Burdened Millennial

Jane White | Posted 11.30.2013 | Home
Jane White

As the song, "It Sucks to Be Me," from Avenue Q puts it, "four years of college and plenty of knowledge have earned me this useless degree. I can't pay the bills yet `cause I have no skills yet."

Joy Resmovits

College Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns Heat Up | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.17.2013 | Home

A group of Swarthmore College students wants action. They're willing to interrupt meetings. They're willing to piss off their peers. And, in some ...

Court: University Of California Must Disclose Venture Capital Returns

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | San Francisco

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The University of California must make public the closely guarded performance of so...

Where's The Money? The Rising Alarm Among U.S. Colleges

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.04.2013 | Home

A new survey released Friday made clear that declining support from state legislatures and slow growth in endowments means colleges and universities w...

Green Grandparents Push for Fossil Fuel Divestiture

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 01.21.2013 | Home
Carol Pierson Holding

The risk of what might happen in terms of fossil fuel liability for climate disasters could start to dissuade investors, especially with students and grumpy green grandparents taking to the streets.

College Endowments Come To A Screeching Halt

Reuters | Posted 12.25.2012 | Home

By Manuela Badawy NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) - U.S. college and university endowments returned an average loss of 0.3 percent for fisc...

How Harvard Is Ignoring the Failures of Our System -- and Why We Can't Any Longer

Martin Bourqui | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home
Martin Bourqui

I refuse to see one more hardworking student let down by the arrogance of an administrator metaphorically patting them on the head, saying, "This is none of your business." Confronting power in higher education and not taking no for an answer remains, by far, the most successful strategy.

Missing the Point on College Endowment Returns

Dan Apfel | Posted 05.15.2012 | Home
Dan Apfel

We need more articles to analyze whether growing endowments yield better educational results. College endowments are simply not hedge funds where the only thing that matters is quarterly or annual returns.

Volatile Commodity Prices Are Costing Consumers Big Time

New York Times | GRAHAM BOWLEY and WILLIAM NEUMAN | Posted 07.06.2011 | Home

The extreme volatility of commodities prices and the unpredictability that comes with it is increasing the cost of doing business for everyone....

The Largest University Endowments

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Colleges and universities are reporting modest increases in their endowments, indicating a return to "relative normalcy," according to Inside Higher E...


Bloomberg | Christine Harper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Wall Street's biggest firms are considering the suitability of selling opaque financial products to governments, endowments and not-for-profit institu...

The Financial Crisis Is Not Over Yet for America's Top Colleges and Universities

Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg

The future of private, world-class education is at risk, unless colleges and universities find a constructive escape without destroying significant value in their remaining portfolios.

Havard Adjusts To Leaner Times: Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair | By Vanity Fair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For years, administrators at Harvard University could throw money at anything that tickled their fancy. A new medical school building for $260 million...

Universities Addicted To Endowments: The Curse of Hoarded Treasure

Business Week | Peter Coy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Something seems wrong with the way elite U.S. universities finance themselves. The problem: They're addicted to multibillion-dollar endowments. When t...

Colleges Feeling The Strain In Tough Economy

New York Times | Tamar Lewin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Arizona State University, anticipating at least $25 million in budget cuts this fiscal year -- on top of the $30 million already cut -- is ending its ...