The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 14th, 2014
On the heels of a similarly downcast assessment
by Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service has issued a
negative outlook for the higher-education sector in the United States.
The credit-rating agency also issued individual reports on median
benchmarks for the finances of public and nonprofit private colleges,
noting significant tuition-revenue declines at both types of
While American higher education faces limited growth prospects over
the next 12 to 18 months, Moody’s says, positive trends like strong
long-term demand for higher education and reduced household debt could
help create conditions for colleges to stabilize over the next year. But
Moody’s cautions that the institutions will face continued financial
pressures in the near term.