Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Endowments Soar


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Endowments Soar


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by Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Education

"During a fiscal year when stocks soared, college endowments posted annual returns that were up sharply from the year before, when the markets hit a volatile stretch early in the pandemic.

According to the annual Nacubo-TIAA Study of Endowments, college endowments had an average one-year return of 30.6 percent, net of fees, in the 2021 fiscal year. The year before, the endowments’ overall average return was 1.8 percent.

The positive results extended across endowments both large and small. Even the lowest rates of return were still more than 20 percent, the study found.

Almost 60 percent of endowments increased their support for their institution’s operating budget in the 2021 fiscal year. The likely impetus for that decision, according to the study, is that the pandemic cut into tuition and auxiliary revenue at many colleges."

Top 10 Endowments of Division III Members (in $1,000s)

  1. MIT, $27,527,204
  2. Washington, Mo., $13,536,003
  3. Emory, $11,031,029
  4. Johns Hopkins, $9,315,279
  5. New York U., $5,574,000
  6. Williams, $4,170,895
  7. Carnegie Mellon, $3,967,324
  8. Caltech, $3,805,000
  9. Amherst, $3,775,153
  10. Wellesley, $3,236,785
Top 10 DIII Liberal Arts Colleges
  1. Williams, $4,170,895
  2. Amherst, $3,775,153
  3. Wellesley, $3,236,785
  4. Pomona, $3,035,208
  5. Grinnell, $2,931,550
  6. Swarthmore, $2,899,311
  7. Bowdoin, $2,719,628
  8. Smith, $2,559,083
  9. Washington and Lee, $2,092,420
  10. Berea, $1,612,887
DIII Endowment per Student
  1. MIT, $2,483,284
  2. Amherst, $2,163,412
  3. Williams, $2,131,270
  4. Pomona, $2,076,066
  5. Swarthmore, $2,017,614
  6. Grinnell, $1,994,252
  7. Caltech, $1,698,661
  8. Bowdoin, $1,530,460
  9. Wellesley, $1,419,643
  10. Principia, $1,280,708

>> A Closer LookD3Playbook will take a deeper dive into DIII endowments throughout the week. Tomorrow, we look at the rises and drops in market value.

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2.  The Joys of DIII Competition

by Annika Hobson, Swimming World College Intern

"As a proud NCAA Division III swimmer, I can attest to the immense joy that Division III swimming can provide. Swimming in college allows for many opportunities such as travel, making new friends, bonding, and excelling in the sport you love.

Sportsmanship & Camaraderie
Due to the nature of Division III schools tending to be smaller colleges, D-III conferences are close-knit and full of fast racing. In any division, swimmers routinely swim against the same schools in their divisions at dual meets and championship meets. By continually swimming against the same teams, a bond is formed among competitors.

Focus on Academics
For many Division III swimmers, swimming in college is an amazing complement to their college experience with their academics at the forefront. At a Division III college, student-athletes can pursue many different academic routes and conduct external academic projects such as researching in a lab or writing a thesis. 

A Team to Endlessly Support You
By joining a swim team, a student-athlete gains a big support system out of their teammates. Their teammates understand their busy schedules, their dedication to the sport they love and their commitment. 

Another excellent quality of Division III swimming is the ability to participate in many activities that interest you. Swimming teaches athletes many things, but some of the most important include dedication, perseverance, and time-management. 

>> Continue Reading


3.  Topping The Polls

Grumblatt Drops 37 Points in OT Loss to Lasell
Lyric Grumblatt, Rivier

Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Randolph-Macon and Christopher Newport top this week's D3hoops.com basketball polls again.

  1. Randolph-Macon (25), 24-1
  2. Marietta, 22-2
  3. UW-Oshkosh, 20-3
  4. Christopher Newport, 22-2
  5. Illinois Wesleyan, 21-4
  6. UW-Platteville, 20-4
  7. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 22-2
  8. Mount Union, 21-3
  9. UW-La Crosse, 19-5
  10. Wheaton, Ill., 20-5

>> In and Out: Mass-Dartmouth and Stockton join the top 25. Washington (Mo.) and Case Western Reserve fall out.

>> Movers and Shakers: Wabash (+4), Yeshiva (+4), Maryville (-8), St. Joseph, Conn. (-7)

>> Scoring LeadersRyan Turell (Yeshiva) 27.2, Terion Moss (Maine-Farmington) 27.0, Josiah Johnson (Mary Hardin-Baylor) 25.6, Lyle Tipton (Geneva) 25.0, Dimetri Chambers (Oglethorpe) 24.7.

>> Complete Poll

  1. Christopher Newport (19), 22-0
  2. Hope (2), 23-1
  3. Trine (2), 22-2
  4. Transylvania (2), 22-0
  5. Simpson, 23-1
  6. Whitman, 24-1
  7. New York U., 21-1
  8. Amherst, 20-2
  9. Tufts, 20-3
  10. DePauw, 22-2

>> In and Out: Ithaca appears at No. 24, while Catholic bows out.

>> Movers and Shakers: Scranton (+4), Wisconsin Lutheran (-5), UW-Whitewater (-4), Baldwin Wallace (-4)

>> Scoring Leaders: Lyric Grumblatt (Rivier) 26.5, Hanna Geistfeld (Bethany Lutheran) 26.2, Christina Kiser (Bard) 23.9, Alyssa Adomaites (St. Joseph's LI) 23.6, Katie Villarini (Buffalo State) 22.6

>> Complete Poll

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