ERIC Number: ED496452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Lessons Learned at the Brink
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v13 n4 Jul-Aug 2005
Data from a 2002 study indicate that small private colleges have been closing at an alarming rate. These institutions seldom possess the resources that might enable them to respond flexibly to changes in their environment, and rising operating costs and inadequate endowments leave them at a competitive disadvantage compared with public colleges and universities. In the early 1990s, the author surveyed 1,312 administrators and board chairs from 133 small colleges in an effort to ascertain how boards and presidents of small colleges might apply to their institutions to halt or prevent decline. This article presents his observations on the sources of decline in small private colleges and some strategies that might help to reinvigorate dying institutions.
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Small Colleges, Financial Exigency, Competition, Politics of Education, Institutional Survival, School Closing, Educational Administration, Financial Problems, Retrenchment, Declining Enrollment, School Support, College Presidents, Trustees, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.