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Financial Times

Leading US University Endowments Struggle to Beat Tracker Funds

Leading US University Endowments Struggle to Beat Tracker Funds

December 09, 2019

Cheap funds that tracked the US stock market over the past decade outperformed the 60 leading US university endowments, a group of sophisticated institutions that have championed more costly alternative strategies as a way to enhance returns. Many US universities have followed the example of Yale, whose chief investment officer David Swensen and senior director Dean Takahashi helped pioneer the “endowment model” where private equity managers and hedge funds play a larger role in an investment portfolio. 
Cheap funds that tracked the US stock market over the past decade outperformed the 60 leading US university endowments, a group of sophisticated institutions that have championed more costly alternative strategies as a way to enhance returns. Many US universities have followed the example of Yale, whose chief investment officer David Swensen and senior director Dean Takahashi helped pioneer the “endowment model” where private equity managers and hedge funds play a larger role in an investment portfolio. 

December 09, 2019

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ProPublica.org

Dollars for Profs

Dollars for Profs

December 09, 2019

Professors’ outside income can influence their research topics and findings, policy views and legislative testimony. But these conflicts of interest have largely stayed hidden — until now. This unique database allows you to search records from multiple state universities and the National Institutes of Health for outside income and conflicts of interest of professors, researchers and staff.
Professors’ outside income can influence their research topics and findings, policy views and legislative testimony. But these conflicts of interest have largely stayed hidden — until now. This unique database allows you to search records from multiple state universities and the National Institutes of Health for outside income and conflicts of interest of professors, researchers and staff.

December 09, 2019

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Politico

Community Colleges May Not Be Ready for Role 2020 Candidates Want Them to Play

Community Colleges May Not Be Ready for Role 2020 Candidates Want T...

December 09, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates are pitching tuition-free community college as a way to prevent students from piling up student debt. But the two-year schools that serve millions of low-income and minority Americans might not be ready for that big of a footprint in higher education.
Democratic presidential candidates are pitching tuition-free community college as a way to prevent students from piling up student debt. But the two-year schools that serve millions of low-income and minority Americans might not be ready for that big of a footprint in higher education.

December 09, 2019

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Many Public Universities Refuse to Reveal Professors’ Conflicts of Interest

Many Public Universities Refuse to Reveal Professors’ Conflicts of ...

December 09, 2019

All too often, what’s publicly known about faculty members’ outside activities, even those that could influence their teaching, research, or public-policy views, depends on where they teach. Academic conflicts of interest elude scrutiny because transparency varies from one university and one state to the next. ProPublica discovered those inconsistencies over the past year as we sought faculty outside-income forms from at least one public university in all 50 states.
All too often, what’s publicly known about faculty members’ outside activities, even those that could influence their teaching, research, or public-policy views, depends on where they teach. Academic conflicts of interest elude scrutiny because transparency varies from one university and one state to the next. ProPublica discovered those inconsistencies over the past year as we sought faculty outside-income forms from at least one public university in all 50 states.

December 09, 2019

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USA Today

This Harvard Grad Has Made Millions on U.S. College Admissions for International Students

This Harvard Grad Has Made Millions on U.S. College Admissions for ...

December 09, 2019

But as Crimson Education’s fortunes have grown, along with Beaton’s, critics have questioned the effectiveness of its business model. Crimson pairs high school students with tutors who are held out as qualified consultants, even though they are often just college students themselves.
But as Crimson Education’s fortunes have grown, along with Beaton’s, critics have questioned the effectiveness of its business model. Crimson pairs high school students with tutors who are held out as qualified consultants, even though they are often just college students themselves.

December 09, 2019

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