Wesleyan’s Shrinking Endowment

Wesleyan’s endowment has shrunk 3.9% in the 2008 fiscal year, declining from the $700 million range to the $600 million range – a major change from last year’s 15% growth. Expected annual growth is usually projected at 9% every year, and it’s not entirely clear what accounts for this decline – the WSA is releasing a report this week.

What’s even more unclear is how the economy’s recent turmoil will affect the figures in Fiscal Year 2009 – FY 2008 ended in June, before everyone starting freaking out on Wall Street.

So much for President Roth’s plan to double the size of our endowment – especially in this economy, it’s not looking so good.

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14 thoughts on “Wesleyan’s Shrinking Endowment

  1. Anonymous

    The average loss for institutional endowments last year was 4.4%, so we’re slightly above the mean.

  2. Anonymous

    The average loss for institutional endowments last year was 4.4%, so we’re slightly above the mean.

  3. Anonymous

    a “shrinking endowment” could be a sign of ED. ED is caused by many factors. up to 3/4ths of all men have experienced ED at some point in their lives. ask your doctor if ED is right for you.

  4. Anonymous

    a “shrinking endowment” could be a sign of ED. ED is caused by many factors. up to 3/4ths of all men have experienced ED at some point in their lives. ask your doctor if ED is right for you.

  5. Anonymous

    Right but Yale’s endowment is in the 10s of billions so, not such a big problem for them.

  6. Anonymous

    Right but Yale’s endowment is in the 10s of billions so, not such a big problem for them.

  7. Anonymous

    yes. Yale, who usually sees a 20+% increase in endowment every year only saw a 4 % increase. It’s the economy, stupid.

  8. Anonymous

    yes. Yale, who usually sees a 20+% increase in endowment every year only saw a 4 % increase. It’s the economy, stupid.

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