[FoRK] wealth disparity amongst institutions of higher learning

Reza B'Far (Oracle) reza.bfar at oracle.com
Tue Dec 8 09:58:47 PST 2015

+1.  I don't understand the point. "Wealth" disparity is not really 
applicable here... Best students will go to the best schools where the 
most money is available... that's a meritocracy... There will be edges 
with small schools where average or bad "rich" students will buy 
degrees... but that happens everywhere anyways... mom and pop with big 
names and deep pockets can get you into whatever school they want.

I don't really understand what the problem is that this article is 
addressing long term.

On 12/8/15 5:16 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> This is an interesting stat: Endowment assets are concentrated, with 
> 11% of institutions holding 74% of all endowment assets in 2014. 
> Institutions with the largest endowments (Yale, Princeton, Harvard, 
> and Stanford) each hold more than 4% of total endowment assets.
> But I guess the question is, so what?  Is that different than you 
> expected it to be?  The universities that have been around the longest 
> and have the most alumni and best reputation have the largest 
> endowment funds?
> Universities are supposed to last decades or centuries and a large 
> endowment is a hedge against any uncertainties or threats to its 
> survival.
> Greg
> On 12/7/2015 6:19 PM, dan at geer.org wrote:
>> wealth disparity amongst institutions of higher learning,
>> and the attention it is drawing from the tax man.
>> http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44293.pdf
>> --dan
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