The ranking is from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and is out of 842 colleges and universities. IU also placed fifth for Big Ten public universities.
In June, the University’s endowment totaled $1.23 billion. The first-ranked school was University of Texas System with more than $12 billion.
President Michael McRobbie said in a press release that the economic environment has affected endowments for all schools including IU.
“Given these circumstances, we are pleased that IU still remains among the top-15 public universities in the nation and has even improved its standing against other excellent institutions. This ranking reflects strength in a difficult environment,” he said in the release.
IU improved from a 12th-place ranking in 2007-08.
The value of the University’s endowment dropped in the 2009 fiscal year, the value for the calendar year actually increased by 20 percent.
President of the Indiana University Foundation Gene Tempel said the Investment Committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and investment staff deserves the credit for retaining the endowment’s value.
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The Hoosiers improved to 3-0 after winning a back-and-forth game against Western Kentucky.
Coach Teri Moren made some defensive adjustments at halftime that proved successful for IU.
Shah emphasized foreign investment to offset the effects of climate change.