Advancement Services Report

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Monday, March 30, 2009

YouTube Creates New Section to Highlight College Content

More than 100 colleges have set up channels on YouTube, and this week the popular video service unveiled a new section that brings together all of that campus content in one area.

Full-text article by Jeffrey R. Young is available via The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3.27.09.

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Colleges Work Harder To Lure New Students

A down economy usually means a bump in enrollment at colleges and universities: Applications tend to go up as job prospects go down. But in this recession, private colleges especially are finding themselves working harder to fill their freshman classes.

Full-text article by Tovia Smith is available via NPR, 3.30.09.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Arkansas Business' 25 Philanthropists (25th Anniversary)

Arkansas has produced a remarkable legacy of philanthropy that extends far beyond its borders. The article includes a list of some of the state's most notable philanthropists.

Full-text article by Arkansas Business Staff is available via, 3.23.09.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cash Me If You Can

University endowment managers followed Yale investment guru David Swensen into private equity and hedge funds, eager for the same 16 percent annual returns he got. Now with the crash, they’re short on cash. Luckily for Yale, Swensen didn’t always follow his own advice.

Full-text article by Daniel Golden is available via Conde Nast, April 2009.

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Survey of Entering Student Engagement

This new report looks at what engagement entering students need in order to succeed, and how colleges are successfully - and not successfully - engaging entering students.

Full-report is available via The Center for Community College Student Engagement, March 2009.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Facebook Gives College Officials Better Tools to Reach Alumni and Students

Facebook announced new features on its Web site that will allow colleges and other organizations to create a centralized public profile and publish a live stream of announcements for their followers.

Full-text article by Josh Keller is available via The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3.6.09.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

UW Cuts 34 in Fundraising Department

Due to losses sustained by its investment endowment, the University of Washington will cut 34 full-time fundraisers from its Advancement office and reduce 16 full-time positions to part-time status.

Full-text article by Clay Holtzman is available via The Puget Sound Business Journal, 3.2009.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

To Keep Students, Colleges Cut Anything but Aid

Many smaller institutions need full enrollment to provide revenue, and reducing financial aid could send students elsewhere.

Full-text article by Kate Zernike is available via The New York Times, 2.27.09.

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