Monday, May 18, 2015

Feeling Moody

According to Inside Higher Ed, the credit rating service Moody's has concluded that too much political control of public universities is bad for their financial condition.* On the other hand, Fox News suggests we could repaint the Regents' conference room as a remedy. [See above.]
*  "Competing priorities from multiple stakeholders, including state government, governing boards, faculty, students and alumni, will inhibit some public universities from quickly adjusting either to ongoing funding reductions or broader changes in their market landscape," said Moody's May 14 Weekly Credit Outlook for Public Finance. "Inability to adapt to economic and market realities will reduce the competitiveness of some public universities and contribute to growing fiscal challenges," the report continued. "Universities that have greater flexibility to adjust revenue, such as through tuition increases and growth in out-of-state enrollment, or to modify their operating model will outperform the sector."

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