CHANNELS

Subscribe to the InfoTech eNewsletter

infoTECH News

TMCNet:  Fitch: Outlook Stable for U.S. Colleges and Universities in 2013

[December 11, 2012]

Fitch: Outlook Stable for U.S. Colleges and Universities in 2013

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

Student demand and enrollment, balance sheet resources and liquidity, and risk management practices lead to a stable 2013 outlook for U.S. Colleges and Universities, according to a new Fitch Ratings report.

'Colleges and universities continue to fine tune recruitment strategies with a greater emphasis on retention and graduation rates,' said Joanne Ferrigan, Director at Fitch. 'While the increased focus on graduation rates may lead to a decline in enrollments as students graduate faster, overall enrollment is expected to remain relatively stable.'

The state funding environment is starting to stabilize, which should temper operating pressures if federal reductions to the states is gradual as expected. Federal budget reduction measures may directly affect federal research grants receipts.

Both public and private institutions are closely monitoring tuition costs in recognition of students' ability to pay and in conjunction with the institutions' competitive position and ability to balance financial operations.

Investment performance has been mixed in 2012, and uncertainty about the financial markets remains. The majority of investment-grade higher education institutions have been making financial cushions a priority, relative to both financial leverage and operating expenses.

Fitch will host a conference call to discuss its 2013 outlook for U.S. Colleges an Universities on Dec. 12th at 2pm EST.

Dial-in details are:

U.S. Participants: +1-877-467-8597

International Participants: +1-706-643-6296

Conference and Replay ID: 73933884

Replays will be available for 30 days. Replay dial-ins are accessible using the following numbers:

U.S. Replay: +1-855-859-2056

International Replay: +1-404-537-3406

The full report titled '2013 Outlook: US Colleges and Universities' is available on the Fitch web site at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: 2013 Outlook: U.S. Colleges and Universities

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm rpt_id=696497

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON (News - Alert) THE AGENCY'S PUBLIC WEBSITE 'WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM'. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH'S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE 'CODE OF CONDUCT' SECTION OF THIS SITE.


[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]


blog comments powered by Disqus

FOLLOW US

Subscribe to InfoTECH Spotlight eNews

InfoTECH Spotlight eNews delivers the latest news impacting technology in the IT industry each week. Sign up to receive FREE breaking news today!
FREE eNewsletter