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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's a Lousy Time to Sell Your Business

Get ready to face a sour market if you're hoping to sell your business. In the first quarter of 2009, the number of sold small businesses fell 36% compared to a year earlier, according to marketplace site

Full-text article by Emily Maltby is available via, 4.27.09.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Colleges Weigh 'Yes We Can' Approach to Fund Raising

President Obama's campaign consultants bring their message of better fund raising through technology to the college campus.

Full-text article by Marc Perry is available via The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4.21.09. [Subscription required.]

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Security in Troubled Times

Article investigating the state of IT security. How are institutions coping? What are their plans? What impact does the economy have on IT security?

Full-text article by Doug Gale is available via Campus Technology, 4.10.09.

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New Study Sees Surge in E-Mail Outsourcing

Academia has seen “explosive growth” in the outsourcing of student e-mail systems, according to a new study.

Full-text blog post by Marc Perry is available via The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4.9.09.

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Colleges Rethink Fund-Raising Expenses and Staffs

After several years of aggressive hiring, some college fund-raising operations are now cutting back as both revenue and investment income fall. The regrouping could slow growth plans on many campuses at a time when the need for private support has never been greater.

Full-text article by Kathryn Masterson is available via The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4.10.09. [Subscription required.]

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

More Colleges Ask Donors to Pay Pledges Early

Cornell University’s request to one of its top donors, Sanford I. Weill, to pay his $250-million pledge early — and at at a reduced rate — may be a tactic more nonprofit organizations could use to raise much-needed cash in this recession.

Full-text blog post by Kathryn Masterson is available via The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 4.7.09.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Recession Has Silver Lining for Class of '09

Many private colleges have admitted more students than usual this year, hedging their bets as they wait to find out whether families find higher tuitions difficult to manage in the recession.

Full-text article by Susan Kinzie is available via The Washington Post, 4.1.09.

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