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ERIC Number: ED507987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
College and University Mergers: Recent Trends. Policy Matters: A Higher Education Policy Brief
McBain, Lesley
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Given the current economic turbulence characterized, in part, by unprecedented business consolidations, talk of mergers has spread to higher education. At first glance, merger discussions may seem more appropriate to the corporate world than academe because American colleges and universities were not created in accordance with a centralized national plan or business organizational chart. Instead, they were partly established according to the needs of American settlers spreading throughout the country. Political forces in new and growing communities also played a role. As prominent higher education scholars point out, there were even instances where a higher education institution was situated in a community as a "consolation prize" for the community's having lost a bidding war for a mental health facility or a penitentiary. What characterizes the current generation of proposed and completed mergers in American higher education? This paper explores the growing complexity of higher education mergers and considers their various pros, cons and ramifications. (Contains 3 footnotes and 2 resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; Ohio; Wisconsin