January 27, 2016
College Endowment Average Return Falls to 2.4 Percent in FY15, Endowment Spending Up Sharply College Endowment Average Return Falls to 2.4 Percent in FY15, Endowment Spending Up Sharply
Just-released data show U.S. college and university endowments and affiliated foundations returned just 2.4 percent (net of investment fees) in FY15, a stark reversal from the 15.5 percent return realized in FY14, according to the 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE). Despite the lower return, more than three-quarters of NCSE participants increased spending from their endowments.

NACUBO Urges One-Year Postponement of Changes to 1098-T Reporting Requirements

In a January 21 letter to the Internal Revenue Service, NACUBO President and CEO John Walda urged the IRS to postpone for one year the effective date of the recently enacted provision that, for most institutions, requires changing the way they process and report information on Form 1098-T.

GASB Addresses Asset Retirement Obligations and Seeks Field Testers

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board is recommending accounting and reporting treatment for legally enforceable obligations associated with retiring certain capital assets. Comments are due March 31.

Obama Continues Push for Free Community College

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama called for “providing two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student” and has continued to request new policies to incentivize college access and success.

IPEDS Adds New Pension Questions for Public Institutions

Consider providing feedback by February 11 to the Department of Education on new questions regarding defined benefit pensions in the 2015-16 IPEDS Finance Survey.

Trends Report Tracks Revenue and Spending in Higher Education

New statistics from the Delta Cost Project analyze a decade’s worth of data.

Survey Reports 13 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions

The University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute and Sightlines evaluated 1.5 billion square feet across 343 campuses for The State of Sustainability in Higher Education 2015: Emissions Metrics, Consumption Trends & Strategies for Success, now available online.

NACUBO Live! Results of the 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments

Recorded on Thursday, February 4, 2016 10:00AM ET

While there's still time to register for the 2016 Endowment and Debt Management Forum in New York City, if you can't make it, join us online for a live broadcast of the Results of the 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE) session. Attendees of the online broadcast can ask speakers questions, download presentations, earn a CPE credit, and participate in chats during the live stream. Register today!

Note: Complimentary pricing is available to participants of the 2015 NCSE. Contact NES@nacubo.org.

2016 Student Financial Services

March 13-15, 2016
Memphis, TN

Review recent regulatory changes that will affect cash management, the Perkins Loan Program, and more—and ensure your institution will be in compliance in 2016. An optional pre-conference program, Bursar Fundamentals, will provide a review of the core responsibilities of the students accounts area. Early bird registration ends February 12.



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