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 linking up with other campuses.
I’d call this another datapoint for the peak higher education theory. Note how many of the proposed merger schools face the same pressures: finance, enrollment, local demographics. Combining institutions to realize efficiencies and/or complement each other’s strengths can be a wise move.