Financialization of Higher Education Training Series

Higher Education is in a state of crisis. And, the influence of the financial sector in higher education has worked to increase social and economic inequalities, instead of serving as the equalizer we have long imagined colleges to be. Financialization has a number of disturbing consequences for higher education, including increases in overall borrowing by colleges and universities, increases in the cost of interest payments on debt on a per-student basis, and a concentration of endowment assets at a small group of the wealthiest institutions—a form of concentration of wealth.

Are you looking to understanding the influence of big banks and financialization at your school?  Now’s the time!

Our three-part webinar training series on the Financialization of Higher Education: 


  • Introduction & Interest rate swaps
Have you read Roosevelt and Refund America Project’s latest report on the Financialization of Higher Education exploring interest rate swaps that cost our Universities $2.7 Billion? This webinar training will serve as an introduction to the concept of the financialization of higher education. Building on the initial introduction, all participants will walk through how to locate and analyze annual financial statements to discover potential interest rate swap deals at your school.

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  • Hedge fund investments in your endowment
Over $100 billion of university endowment money is invested in hedge funds. Led by Roosevelt’s partners at Hedge Clippers, this webinar will demonstrate how hedge funds have preyed on the financial resources of endowments across the nation. Participants will learn strategies to find the ways in which their University’s endowment is invested and challenge the role of hedge funds at our schools.

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  • Conflict of Interest
 Led by Roosevelt’s partner at Lil Sis, this webinar examines connects the dots between some of the most powerful financial actors in the nation and key leadership at our Universities. Are members of your Board of Trustees currently employed at key banks with whom your schools do business? Does key leadership at your university hold a financial stake in companies in which your endowment is invested? Join us to answer these questions and many more.
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