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Another academic merger; another college exits Vermont

Another higher education merger just hit the news.  Marlboro College (in southern Vermont) will merge with Emerson College (of Boston, Mass.) over the next eight months. This is a fresh story, so my post is a hot take based only … Continue reading

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How likely are campus mergers?

Are campus mergers a sustainable strategy? A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article does a good job of explaining just how rarely academic institutions merge, at least so far. Let me summarize the high points, then add some comments of … Continue reading

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When a campus merger falls apart

For years I’ve been forecasting more mergers in higher education. I never said they’d be easy to do. Case in point: this summer I noted that Marlboro College in Vermont agreed to merge with the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.   … Continue reading

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This week’s stories of higher education in trouble: merger, consolidation, and beer

Recently an interviewer asked me why I referred to a higher education crisis or bubble.  I had many answers, including “the book should be out this fall.”  Other answers included stories of colleges and universities in trouble. Today I’d like … Continue reading

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Two closures, a merger, and a queen sacrifice: one week in American higher ed

On Sunday I wrote about another American university preparing a queen sacrifice.  Since then – i.e., in just two days – more stories of institutional decline and stress have crossed my transom. ITEM: the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point‘s provost … Continue reading

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Multiple mergers ahead for the University of Wisconsin system

In the most spectacular recent example of the higher education crisis driving campus mergers, the University of Wisconsin system will fold a group of two-year colleges into nearby universities, according to a new plan.   Thirteen (13) campuses will merge with … Continue reading

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Still more American university cuts and mergers

As American colleges and universities work to fill up their fall classes, some are struggling to cope with low enrollment and financial pain.  Once more, our higher ed sector continues to be unhealthy.  Once again, the queen sacrifice is on … Continue reading

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The campus merger option rises

As pressures continue to squeeze American higher education, some campuses are looking to alternatives beyond closing or conducting a queen sacrifice.  One option is merging institutions.  Inside Higher Ed points to recent cases of merged campuses, suggesting that number might … Continue reading

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Are campus mergers rising?

How can colleges and universities cope with today’s financial and enrollment challenges? Perhaps by merging.  Former university president Susan Resneck Pierce offers a sobering and thoughtful list of institutions currently exploring mergers. Pierce also provides good advice for leaders thinking about … Continue reading

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Snapshots of COVID on campus: evidence from late October 2020

I’m writing this in haste, as I’ve been spending hours in meetings, interviews, and class preparation.  I have an experimental teaching game to share shortly, among other news. Yet at full speed I wanted to share some datapoints from today … Continue reading

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