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When are the NTSE data collected, and when does the final report become available?

Results from the NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments are based on a web-based survey that is sent to approximately 1,100 colleges, universities, and affiliated foundations in the United States. Data collection begins in September of each year and usually ends by mid December. Final results are usually posted to the NACUBO web site by mid February.

My school/organization participated in the NTSE. Do I get a free copy of the report?

Participating organizations can order a complimentary copy of the report by sending an email to the NTSE help desk.

My organization was a sponsor of the NTSE. Am I also eligible for a free copy of the final report.

Current sponsoring organizations should also send an email to the NTSE help desk to receive free access to the Study.

How do I purchase the NTSE final report?

The NTSE report is an online products that can be purchased through NACUBO's online bookstore. The purchase price for NACUBO members is $250 and $1,500 for non-members. The online product provides instant access to all Study results, including an executive summary. Please note that all staff at participating institutions and Study sponsors have complimentary access to the final report. If you are a Study participant or sponsor and have NOT yet received online access to the report, please contact the NTSE help desk.

May I preview some of the tables before purchasing the NTSE?

Click here to see a preview of the most recent NTSE report. This preview gives a short summary of the project, and a listing of all the tables and figures that are included in the report.

Are there any free data tables available from the NTSE?

A free set of tables may be viewed and downloaded from the Public NTSE Tables page. Free tables include an Excel file that provides a listing of all participating institutions by their total endowment market value; overall average and median annual investment rates of return for the past ten years; annualized rates for return for the past one-, three-, five-, and ten-year periods by endowment size and institution type; average asset allocations by endowment size and institution type for the most recent year; and average annual spending rates by endowment size and institution type for the past ten years. 

Will I have access to information about investment managers?

No contact information for institutional or investment fund managers is provided in the NACUBO-TIAA Study of  Endowments.

How may my institution participate in the next NTSE?

If your college or university participated in the most recent NCSE, you will automatically receive information about the next Study in late summer. If you have not received a survey invitation, or if you are at an institution that wants to participate for the first time, please click on the participating in future NTSE surveys link.

Are any institutionally specific data from the NTSE available for benchmarking or academic research?

For an additional charge of $500, NTSE purchasers may also purchase an anonymized dataset that can be used for benchmarking and academic research. This dataset allows for comparisons of institutions' investment returns, asset allocations, and effective spending rates by endowment size level, institution type, and region. Go to the NACUBO online bookstore to purchase instant access to this dataset. 

I am interested in purchasing the institutionally specific dataset. What does this dataset include?

The dataset (which is available for the 2019 and 2020 endowment Studies only) provides the investment returns, asset allocations, and endowment spending rates for each of the institutions that participated in the endowment study. The asset allocations include: the percentages of endowment assets invested in U.S. and non-U.S. stocks and bonds/fixed income, and the percentages of endowment assets invested in each of the alternative strategies categories collected in the Study (such as private equity, real estate, venture capital, hedge funds/marketable alternatives, etc.) NOTE: while the dataset contains institution-specific data, the data are anonymized, which means that the school names and other identifying characteristics are hidden by code numbers. We do NOT provide any code sheets or other ways to identify any individual schools or set of schools in this dataset.

The NTSE tables say that the returns are reported "net of fees." What does this mean?

In the NTSE, the investment return is the time-weighted rate of return of the institution's endowments over a given period, including interest and dividends as well as any appreciation or depreciation (capital gains and losses), both realized and unrealized. To the extent possible, NTSE participants report  their investment returns net of external investment management fees and expenses directly attributed to investment activities.

How is the average net return calculated?

NACUBO and TIAA calculate the overall average net returns from the respondents based on the arithmetic mean (average) returns reported to the NTSE by the Study participants. Participants report returns for each given time period (e.g., one-year, three-year average annualized, five-year average annualized, etc.) Because the number of institutions participating annually changes, and because the number of participants reporting returns for each time period changes yearly, you CANNOT calculate the average return for a given time period by taking the average returns for one year and dividing them by a given number of years.

My company/organization is interested in becoming an NTSE sponsor. How do we do this?

Learn more about sponsoring the NTSE. Click here to view the list of sponsors of the most recent NTSE.

I don't see the answer to my question here.

If you need further assistance with the NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments, please contact the NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments staff. 

Contact

Ken Redd

Senior Director, Research and Policy Analysis

202.861.2527


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