ERIC Number: EJ1163073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Hold Firm or Adapt? An Empirical Examination of the Institutional Appeal Implications of Maintaining the Liberal Arts College Identity
Hoskins, Jake D.; Brown, Benton A.
Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, v27 n2 p188-212 2017
The institutional appeal implications of organizational strategy decisions to hold firm or to adapt on key tactical factors are analyzed in a cross-sectional analysis of the top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges, compared against a similar analysis of the top 100 Research Universities in the United States. This analysis is motivated by the well-documented declining student interest in Liberal Arts Colleges. Building on theory related to the benefits of identifying, maintaining and emphasizing one's own core organizational identity, Liberal Art Colleges are predicted to experience increased institutional appeal from pursuing such a strategy. Practically, this prediction implies that the predominant industry practice of Liberal Arts Colleges to consistently evolve and change form in response to their shifting environments may be misguided and thus detrimental to the long-term viability of the institution. Evidence is found for significant advantages to holding firm on certain aspects of the Liberal Arts College identity. Moreover, the results indicate differential best strategic practices for Liberal Arts Colleges when compared against Research University counterparts.
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Organizational Change, Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Research Universities, Strategic Planning, Institutional Characteristics, School Size, Admission Criteria, Selective Admission, Undergraduate Students, Academic Degrees, Statistical Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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