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Harvard remains the nation’s richest school as college endowments keep growing

Ranking of college endowments shows schools like University of California are getting richer — but critics question whether students benefit

MarketWatch | February 15, 2024

Scholars citing racial effects of university funding cuts win 2024 education prize

Two University of California sociologists exploring that question are cowinners of the 2024 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education for their ideas in “Broke: The Racial Consequences...

Grawemeyer Awards | December 7, 2023

College endowments aren’t piggy banks. But some experts say wealthy schools could spend more.

"Record annual yields and 10-year returns nearing double digits for the biggest endowments proves the wealthiest schools can afford to loosen their purse strings, said Charlie Eaton, a sociology pr...

The Washington Post | Feb 19, 2022

The US economy has been 'more than fine' without your student debt

Student-loan payments have been on pause for nearly two years, with a recent extension through May 1. There's controversy over the merits of broad relief, with some arguing it's bad for the economy...

Insider | Jan 9, 2022

Our Broke Public Universities

Look beyond flagships, and you'll see that privatization has had devastating consequences for racial and social equity

The Chronicle of Higher Education | June 1, 2021

Elite private universities got much wealthier while most schools fell behind. My research found out why.

Insiders helped out insiders, and the rich got richer

The Washington Post | November 4, 2021

Student debt "feels like quicksand." Is loan forgiveness the answer?

42.9 million Americans had federal student loans as of last year, according to the National Student Loan Data System. Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Board statistics show outstanding student loans over...

CBS News | March 25, 2021

Op-Ed: Is it possible to fix the UC’s system of haves and have-nots?

Black and Latinx students are entering college at a far higher rate than ever before, but higher education in America remains racially divided and unequal. And California may well stand at the epic...

Los Angeles Times | March 2, 2021

Exclusive: These for-profit colleges could reap up to $1 billion in federal bailout money

Some eligible schools have been accused of fraud and misuse of federal student aid

Market Watch | April 9, 2020

Broke: the racial consequences of underfunding public universities

Q&A: Victor Ray with authors Laura Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen

Contexts | April 26, 2021

Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities

The two editors and two of the contributing authors to the new book Critical Praxis in Authors Laura Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen discuss their book Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Pub...

Student Affairs Now | December 15, 2021

Podcast Transcript: Is the University of California Broke?

Host Daniel Barwick interviews authors Laura Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen, who argue on the podcast that California has made decisions about UC that have impoverished campuses in a number of ways, li...

The Mortarboard Blog | August 31, 2021

Financialization of Higher Education

We discuss the financialization of higher education with Charlie Eaton (UC Merced)

Queens Podcast Lab | January 6, 2020

Everything Is Private Equity Now

Spurred by cheap loans and investors desperate to boost returns, buyout firms roam every corner of the corporate world

Bloomberg News | October 3, 2019

Warren Probes Apollo and KKR on Backing For-Profit Colleges

The Massachusetts Democrat has targeted six private-equity firms amid growing congressional scrutiny of the industry

The Wall Street Journal | Sept. 18, 2019

How Elite Colleges Hide THeir Cash

It’s an increasingly bipartisan view that elite private colleges are islands of wealth. And there’s good reason for that: It’s true

The New York Times | Nov. 10, 2017

Endowments Boom as Colleges Bury Earnings Overseas

American universities are using offshore strategies to swell their coffers, skirt taxes and obscure investments that could spark campus protests

The New York Times | Nov. 8, 2017

These states give more grant aid to college students in need than the feds

California, Wyoming and New Jersey provide more aid to low-income college students than the largest federal grant program does, new research shows, but most states give far less

The Washington Post | March 3, 2017

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