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Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities Synopsis

Since the economic recession of 2008, colleges and universities have looked for ways to lower costs while increasing incomes. Not all have succeeded. Threatened closures and recent institutional mergers point to what might be a coming trend in higher education. The long-term economic weakness of colleges and universities means schools need to become more strategic about how they consider previously unthinkable options. This provocative book will be their indispensable guide to managing the crisis. In Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities, James Martin and James E. Samels bring together higher education leaders to talk about something that few want to discuss: how institutions might cooperate with their competitors to survive in this economic climate. Barring that, Martin and Samels argue, some will shutter their campuses. But closing, they emphasize, is a complex process that involves more than just sending the students home and turning off the lights. The first one-volume resource for presidents, trustees, provosts, chief financial officers, and faculty leaders planning to partner, merge, or close a college or university, the book offers specific guidelines and action steps used successfully to create multiple forms of partnership between higher education institutions. The book includes contributions by twenty nationally recognized leaders in partnership and strategic planning, as well as an appendix detailing key college and university mergers and closures since 2000. Each chapter includes informative responses from practitioners who answer the question, What is the single most important lesson you would share with a planning team designing a partnership or merger this year? Responding to many daunting questions now being raised nationally about institutional fragility and sustainability, Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities is an honest and practical guide to the possibilities and pitfalls of downsizing American higher education.

Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities Press Reviews

Martin, Samels, and associates explore multiple pathways toward increasing financial sustainability while promoting new forms of shared resource management, effective approaches to collaborative educational experiences across institutions and organizations, and perhaps provide a new form of responsiveness to the increasing public demand on the value of higher education. * *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781421421674
Publication date: 6th February 2017
Author: James (Senior Consultant, The Registry) Martin, James E. (The Education Alliance) Samels
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Colleges of higher education, Organization & management of education,

About James (Senior Consultant, The Registry) Martin, James E. (The Education Alliance) Samels

James Martin is a professor of English and humanities at Mount Ida College. James E. Samels is the CEO and president of The Education Alliance and the founder of Samels & Associates, a law firm concentrating in higher education law. They are the authors of Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence; Presidential Transition in Higher Education: Managing Leadership Change; Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth: A New Strategy for Academic Managers; The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders; and The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer.

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