Economy Puts The Squeeze On Private Schools

A faltering economy has officials at North Carolina's private colleges worried that their schools will have fewer students next year.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that the private schools already have hiring freezes and are cutting courses and delaying construction. The schools depend on tuition and earnings from their investments.

The largest fear for the colleges is that students will leave for cheaper public universities or not go to school at all.

Problems range from a $1 billion decline in the value of Duke University's endowment to declining enrollments and debt at smaller
schools. The newspaper said a national survey of 371 private institutions showed they expected enrollment to decline as much as 10 percent next semester.


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 7, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    Maybe we can cut some of the mushy headed liberal professors that pour their secular progressive ideas into the heads of our young impressionable adults. That would be a great improvement.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Dec 29, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    Many higher ed institutions, public and private, are going to have to consider reductions in both tuition and fees, and costs (salaries, excess teaching and support staff, travel, professional development, etc.) to remain competitive just like other businesses, until the economy recovers. Time to get back to basics, do more with less and with much higer quality than anyone else if you want to survive.
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