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Connections: Understanding university and college endowments

Administrators at some large, private colleges and universities are speaking out against the tax plan recently passed by Congress. The plan would tax large endowments at some institutions, and administrators say that will hinder their ability to provide financial aid to students and cut back on faculty salaries and research. Supporters of the plan say the tax will push universities to invest more in education instead of stashing funds in large endowments.

The issue has sparked discussion about the value of endowments and what they cover. This hour, our guests help us understand what endowments are, who they benefit, and we break down how the tax plan will impact them. Our guests:

  • Daan Braveman, president of Nazareth College
  • Patrick Richey, vice president of finance for Nazareth College
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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