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ERIC Number: ED553060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 570
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-3865-5
Joining Forces: The Case of Alliant International University
Leslie, Heather
ProQuest LLC, D.B.A. Dissertation, Alliant International University
Mergers and acquisitions are a prevalent force in higher education as more colleges and universities are joining forces to expand resources, enhance missions, or prevent closures. This study examines the merger of Alliant University (formerly California School of Professional Psychology) with United States International University to create what is now Alliant International University. Interviews were conducted with university officials and decision makers who played a major role in the merger, such as presidents, administrators, board members, faculty members, and some students, to get an overall view of the merger as experienced by several university stakeholders. Data also were collected in the form of documents, reports, and archives so that the findings could be triangulated. Findings indicated that, although the merger deal appeared good on paper, it was not executed as well as it could have been, and the aftermath was quite catastrophic, almost causing the life of the institution. The systems were not integrated properly, which resulted in the university's overspending significantly, almost to the brink of disaster. Recommendations are given to avoid the pitfalls of merger in areas such as integration, planning, culture, identity, leadership, and management. Although the findings of this study are limited to the case of one institution that underwent a merger, other institutions that are merging or are considering a merger can look to this study and learn from it as an illustrative example. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California