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Pell Grant funding stability is key

Stable funding of federal Pell Grants, one of the nation’s main financial aid programs for low-income students, would increase affordability and accessibility, according to many groups with a stake in higher education. But despite its decades-long history of assisting financially needy students, the program also faces perennial threats to its funding.

Armstrong Atlantic gets creative with funding

When state funds for a library expansion fell through, officials at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., got creative by repurposing an existing facility located just a few steps away.

Colleges are narrowing their retirement plan options

The prospect of employees with more money to invest, easier-to-understand investment options, more personalized customer service, and lower fees has colleges and universities rethinking their retirement plans and moving toward a single retirement services vendor.

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. names Lehigh University's Kim Edwards director of finance

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. has a new administrator. Edwards joins LVEDC after working the last 15 years as director of the financing assistance program at the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center.

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IRS releases final report on college and university compliance project

After reviewing 2008 survey data, the Internal Revenue Service audited 34 higher ed institutions. The results of those audits are the basis for a new report, "College and University Compliance Project." Key findings include under-reporting of unrelated business income and failure to adequately comply with the intermediate sanction rules concerning compensation of officers, directors, trustees, and key employees.

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Scarce resources should be used for learning, not sex changes

University administrators across the country are deciding to add sex reassignment surgery to their health insurance plans. For example, in recent history, UC-Berkeley, Duke University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago have all adopted this change.

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Retiring Ohio State's Gee did a lot for the university's endowment fund

Few could speak, fundraise, and inspire students and alumni like retiring Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee. When he spoke, people listened, oftentimes with checkbook in hand. As a result of his and others' efforts, in the past year, Ohio State topped the list of the 50 largest university funding pools when it came to growing endowments.

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Spring 2013 Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant recipients announced

Ten projects, ranging from expanding higher-learning opportunities for low-income residents of Madison to designing a biogas system in Uganda, have been chosen as spring 2013 recipients of Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grants.

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Higher Education Board approves U of Oregon tuition increase

At a meeting in Portland, members of the Higher Education Board’s Finance and Administration committee agreed to submit a budget proposal to the Oregon University System that includes 4.8 percent tuition increases across the state system and a 4.5 percent tuition increase for the University of Oregon.

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Texas U System strategizes on how to keep research schools strong

You don’t hear much about CEOs wanting to run their companies like a university, but you hear plenty about running higher education more like a business. That was among the themes at a recent conference focused on research universities at UT Southwestern Medical Center and organized by the University of Texas System.

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