Notes in the Margins: Charm School, endowments and Catholic dorms

Dartmouth Controversy Reflects Quandary for Endowments Trustees’ connections can prove profitable for the universities, offering access to top-performing hedge funds and private equity firms that may not be open to other investors. But they can also create the appearance that the colleges may have nonfinancial motives for picking investments. And if the investments do not perform well, it can be stickier to fire the money manager. (The New York Times via NAICU)

Catholic Dorms To Debut At Texas A&M University And Florida Institute of Technology, Both Secular Schools Matt Zerrusen, president of the Newman Student Housing Fund, told CNS that the residences create community among Catholic students during a time in their lives when 50 percent of students on college campuses lose their faith. (The Huffington Post)

Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet New companies are partnering with universities to offer online courses, in an effort that could define the future of higher education — if anyone can figure out how to make money. (The New York Times)

‘The Big Freeze’: One small college’s tuition strategy At the University of Evansville, a private institution in Indiana, tuition for students who enter next fall will be the same ($29,740) as it is now. And the price will be locked in for the four years those students are in school; the price also will be locked in for current students as they finish their bachelor’s degrees. (The Washington Post)

Colleges step in to fill students’ social-skills gaps MIT has an annual Charm School, offering instruction in everything from how to make a first impression to how to dress for work to which bread plate to use. Other colleges have started teaching students how to make small talk, deal with conflict, show up on time, follow business etiquette, and communicate with co-workers. (The Hechinger Report via NAICU)