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Deferred Maintenance at Canadian Universities: An Update

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This report, published by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), is worthy of a look.


"In spite of the concerns raised the conclusions of the report may be seen as positive. While there has never been and will never be sufficient funding available to instantly eliminate the problem, strategies are indeed available to proactively manage it.


While five specific strategies are enumerated, they can be summarized in a single, overarching consideration" ... .


Too long to post the entire list here.

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University of Chicago Is Outlier With Growing Debt Load

University of Chicago Is Outlier With Growing Debt Load | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The University of Chicago has been trying to stand out from its elite rivals and is doing so in one category: amassing debt. That’s put its credit rating at risk.
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“Their view is that this is a time for us to make a lot more headway than we would during the regular arms race,” said Fred Prager, founding partner of San Francisco-based investment bank Prager & Co., the university’s financial adviser. “The money is going to the programmatic strengths.”

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Moody’s Issues a Negative Outlook for Higher Education

Moody’s Investors Service on Monday issued a negative outlook for higher education in 2014—which should come as a surprise to no one. The bond-rating agency’s report last week, a survey of net-tuition revenues, was grim, and its outlook for higher education in recent years has been mostly bleak.


This year Moody’s cited a weak economy that will “affect families’ willingness and ability to pay for higher education.” It also anticipated federal budget pressures, including a looming sequestration threat, that could affect financial aid. ... 


[I]t’s hard to argue with another threat outlined by the rating agency: that expenses are outpacing revenue for the higher-education sector. “After multiple years of stagnant capital investment and tightened control of operating spending, pressure is building to invest in capital, information systems, faculty compensation, and program renewal,” the Moody’s report says.

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UP CLOSE | Funding an uncertain future

UP CLOSE | Funding an uncertain future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Almost five years after the onset of the recession, Yale is still facing a projected budget deficit of $40 million. Only about $120 million remain in the University’s rainy-day funds.
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Business School, Disrupted

Business School, Disrupted | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In moving into online education, Harvard Business School discovered that it isn’t so easy to practice what it teaches.
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Intriguing, with twists. One of the best articles we've read in a while that has, as its background, what's on-the-gound-happening at the leading edge.


“Harvard is going to make a lot of money,” Mr. Ulrich predicted. “They will sell a lot of seats at those courses. But those seats are very carefully designed to be off to the side. It’s designed to be not at all threatening to what they’re doing at the core of the business school.”

Exactly, warned Professor Christensen, who said he was not consulted about the project. “What they’re doing is, in my language, a sustaining innovation,” akin to Kodak introducing better film, circa 2005. “It’s not truly disruptive.”

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SUNY chancellor seeks additional funds for capital improvements, hospitals and community colleges

SUNY chancellor seeks additional funds for capital improvements, hospitals and community colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In an Executive Budget hearing Thursday on higher education, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher sounded enthusiastic about embarking on several new initiatives
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SCUP–49 keynoter Nancy Zimpher has a way with the state legislature: "As it does every year, the Executive Budget brings with it exciting new opportunities for SUNY as well as a few challenges that we would like to see addressed."

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Yale's Struggles Signal Broader Challenges Ahead For Colleges

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Harkness Tower, situated in the Memorial Quadrangle at Yale (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For some time, the business model that supports traditional colleges and universities has been breaking.
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For some time, the business model that supports traditional colleges and universities has been breaking.

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