The value of college endowments, which had rebounded following the recession, declined slightly despite a recovering stock market, U.S. News reports. This finding comes from the newly released 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments, produced by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. It turns out that 2012 was a sub-par year for the performance of college endowments. According to the study, the endowments of the 831 institutions surveyed had an average decline of 0.3 percent in the year ending June 30, 2012. This is down sharply from the previous year’s average gain of 19.2 percent and well below 2010’s gain of 11.9 percent, but better than the 18.7 percent decline for endowments that occurred during the recession in 2009. In terms of the methodology used to calculate the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, the absolute size and annual performance of a college’s endowment are not direct factors in the rankings……Read More
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College endowments show growth in 2011
College and university endowments made gains in the fiscal year that ended in June, but many are still struggling to make up ground they lost in 2008 and 2009, according to a report released Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Data gathered from 823 U.S. colleges and universities show that the institutions’ endowments returned an average of 19.2 percent for the 2011 fiscal year, the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund said. That’s up from 11.9 percent in fiscal year 2010. Still, NACUBO President John Walda said 47 percent of the institutions have endowment market values below what they reported in 2008……Read More
10 universities with largest financial endowments
Harvard University has about $10 billion more in its endowment than any other college in the country, according to data reported by schools to U.S. News & World Report. In 2010, the prestigious university reported that its endowment in fiscal year 2009 was $26,035,389,000. The next-highest endowed school in the country, Yale University, reported its 2009 amount to be $16,103,497,000……Read More