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ERIC Number: EJ850699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
When Less Is More: The Role of Small (Really Small) Colleges in Today's Educational Marketplace
Gross, Karen
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n1 p17-18 Sum 2008
In his best-selling book, "Deep Economy," Bill McKibben comments on the benefits of "small" education. Smaller institutions, he argues, resemble farmers' markets--one gets wonderful and quality seasonal food from people he knows and trusts. But, one cannot get everything there that he may want precisely when he wants it. Given personal preferences and differences among people, they need both large universities and small colleges--just as they need both supermarkets/mega stores and farmers markets/niche boutiques and everything in-between. So, what are those benefits of small colleges that justify and support their continued role on the college landscape? These are: (1) personalization; (2) choice; (3) navigation; and (4) early engagement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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