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Stock market of students : using financial models to peer into the risk-return universe of college admissions officers

by Dahl, Logan

Abstract

Operating a college is expensive, and the cost of attendance is rising higher every year, easily surpassing inflation. What if part of the cause of this rising cost is poor “investment” by admissions officers. Are they admitting people that they a priori know will not give back to the college after graduation? Using data provided by the advancement and admissions departments of Colorado College, this paper aims to identify whether students can be grouped into asset classes based on inherent characteristics, and whether those assets behave like stocks in the stock market (i.e. is there a risk-return relationship present). To do this, students from the past 40 years have been grouped according to their shared characteristics (race, sex, etc.). Each group has a mean expected per year donation, and a variance measurement from that mean. These risk and return values are plotted and a regression line is fitted to the groups.

Note

Includes bibliographical references.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:5790
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
54 pages : illustrations (some color)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Johnson, Daniel
Department/Program
Department of Economics and Business
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2012