Will The Coronavirus Drive Your College Out of Business?

The pandemic has forced nearly every college in the country to cancel spring classes, sent endowments plunging, and slashed state tax revenues that had been funding public universities. That triple whammy has already driven some colleges out of business altogether. Many more are likely to follow. But which ones?

In this EWA webinar, Susan Fitzgerald, who analyzes the financial strength of colleges for the Moody’s Investors Service bond rating agency, explains how even math-averse journalists can investigate the financial outlook for the colleges they cover. 

Learn about free resources and data, and listen to Moody’s experts and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post–a journalist who has specialized in the coverage of higher education finance–respond to journalists’ questions.  


  • Susan Fitzgerald, Associate Managing Director, Global Higher Education and Not for Profit Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service
  • David Jacobson, Vice President, Communications – Public Finance Group, Moody’s Investors Service
  • Michael Osborn, Vice President – Senior Analyst,  Higher Education and Not for Profit Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service
  • Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post (moderator)

This webinar was presented on April 30, 2020.

Will The Coronavirus Drive Your College Out of Business?