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Endowment: At Least We’re Consistent

As we have previously seen, the College’s endowment had the fastest growth in the Ivy League in the 1990’s, and the slowest growth in the first decade of this century. And it looks like that sorry record is continuing, despite (or because of) a Board of Trustees filled to overflowing with MBA’s. The Ivy average endowment growth last year was 16.4%, with Columbia leading at 19.5%. The College’s endowment only grew by 13.8% — the slowest growth in the Ivy League — a gap of 2.6% against the Ivy average.

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To put the difference between the average Ivy return and the College’s return into some context: if we start at the same base point, and we lag the Ivies by 2.6% over 27 years, then the endowments of our sister schools will have grown to be be twice as large are ours.

Note: The above figures represent the net growth in the endowment after the annual draw from it for the College’s spending. If the College had better management of its budget, as occurred in the 1990’s, then the endowment would have grown faster.

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