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It’s not just Harvard…

- October 19, 2009

Lately I’ve been having a little fun at Poor Old Harvard’s expense, twitting them about the self-inflicted wounds they’ve sustained due to the very widely publicized shrinkage of their endowment.

If you’ve been paying attention, though — as I obviously haven’t — you would know that Harvard does not stand alone from many other fancy-schmantzy elite schools in this regard. Indeed, it doesn’t stand out at all from a couple of other leading brand names that have somehow managed to miss out on most of the bad publicity. So here, for the sake of evening things up a bit, is a little chart that puts the Harvard endowment mess in some comparative perspective.

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[Chart from the Daily Dartmouth. Hat tip to Jennifer Hochschild.]

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