In affirming Harvard’s credit rating, Moody’s detailed recent and current financial challenges; Princeton, in the meantime, adopted a more pessimistic outlook on its finances and reined in its budgets further.
Distributions from the endowment will be reduced 8 percent in each of the next two fiscal years; that action sets the stage for significant budget cuts.
Updated. Citing the deepening economic and financial crises, Stanford has decided to make deeper expense cuts in the next fiscal year; Yale recently imposed deeper cuts, too.
Harvard assesses the feasibility of completing capital projects now under way, and the timing of other parts of its institutional master plan.
Harvard and its schools are preparing for broad and potentially deep cost reductions.
An update on the University’s financial contribution
Yale has announced a second, deep set of austerity measures; its reasons for doing so may cast light on the financial choices confronting Harvard.
Harvard will continue construction through 2009 while examining its options, which include pausing construction entirely.
The University unveiled incentives for staff members to retire early, and the president and Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean discussed other pending financial measures.
In the wake of sharp declines in the endowment, Harvard Management Company’s new leadership is reducing staffing.
Princeton has detailed a prospective 25 percent decline in its endowment and resulting restraint in its operating and capital budgets—in line with the steps taken by Yale, and indicative of the actions Harvard administrators may formulate.
An update on the University’s initial responses to the worsening economic climate
(Sidebar) The shrinking Harvard endowment affects the University’s different schools differently.
The University moved quickly to sell new bond issues, to refund existing short-term debt, to increase financial flexibility, and as it turns out to extricate itself from expensive interest-rate swap agreements.
Harvard Management Company has issued its annual report on the compensation of its highest-earning investment professionals, likely a sensitive subject when their past performance has strongly exceeded the market but attention is now focused on the sharp decline in endowment-asset values.