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November 2011

Onward Bound
If careening markets seem like a walk on the wild side, an investment consultant might help guide you through endowment management territory.

Risky Terrain Ahead
Double-dip recession risks are on the rise, says Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics. However, policy makers may be able to skirt the sinkholes and establish better economic traction-with at least modest endowment returns for higher education.

Self-Service Budgeting
At Drew University, a new software application offers easy-to-use options for deans and department heads to calculate their respective budgets. When people select criteria and enter their own figures, errors and confusion are lower and ownership begins to take hold.

Insights: Ochoa Explains All-Fronts ED Effort
With improved degree attainment a national imperative, Eduardo Ochoa, the Department of Education's assistant secretary for postsecondary education, sees many gaps to fill. As former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Sonoma State University, California, he's got the know-how to work with ED's task force on college completion. His top priorities: dramatically increasing college participation by minorities, preparing graduates to fill the right jobs to keep America competitive, and increasing productivity in core teaching and learning activities. As for higher education leaders, Ochoa says, "We need to make a better case for postsecondary education's value and what our country must do to support it."

Business Briefs
Short news articles based on research surveys and peers’ business experiences that can benefit institutions

Capitol Report
Coverage of legislation and regulatory activity that affects higher education