Author: Bruce A. Kimball and Sarah M. Iler

Bruce A. Kimball is a professor emeritus of educational studies at Ohio State University and a former Guggenheim fellow. Sarah M. Iler is assistant director of institutional research at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They are the authors of Wealth, Cost and Price in American Higher Education: A Brief History (Johns Hopkins University Press), published in January 2023.

Academia’s Wealth Stratification Drives the Decline in Reporting Endowments

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the annual survey of higher education endowments conducted by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). First published in 1974, this survey has become “the preeminent analysis of U.S. college and university endowment performance.” Indeed, the NACUBO survey is the fundamental source of data for […]

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Curtailing Financial Competition in Higher Education

Over the last forty years, public approval and political support for non-profit higher education have eroded significantly. While a resurgence of anti-elitist populism in American culture contributed, the erosion resulted fundamentally from the historical competition among colleges and universities to acquire revenue and wealth and to increase spending on non-instructional programs and amenities, as we […]

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