Trouble for Big Ten Endowments

Michigan and Northwestern see biggest losses by amount, but Iowa's tiny fund had the highest percentage loss.

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If I had infinite amounts of time, I would aggregate endowment info from several college conferences and make pretty graphs (after the jump). Luckily the Penn Staters from Onward State did it for me, at least for the Big Ten.

What we see here is that Northwestern and Michigan both have huge endowments, and the largest losses in sheer amount.

But when you look at percentage loss, Northwestern actually lost the least and currently has the largest endowment, while Iowa lost the most and has the smallest endowment. Oh this crazy/unfair world we live in. The middle of the pack doesn't reveal much rhyme or reason.

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Graphics courtesy of Onward State.