Cautionary Tales Strategy Lessons from Struggling Colleges

ISBN-10: 1579227805
ISBN-13: 9781579227807
Edition: 2012
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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 3/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Scarcely a week goes by without a headline about the unsustainability of higher education as we know it, under threat from new models, for-profits, or online education. Most threatened are small liberal arts colleges – with commentators predicting the demise of colleges with fewer than 1,000, or even 1,500 students. Are these trends inevitable, or can they be overcome?Through a unique case study approach to examining and analyzing colleges that have struggled, Alice Brown reveals the steps that can lead to a sustainable operation and, when closure is inevitable, the steps to do so with orderliness and dignity.Rather than expounding on trends, or management theory and prescriptions, Alice Brown focuses on narrative examples of survival and closure, recounted by real people in actual colleges, and reports the lessons they learned. Here are examples of strategies involving mergers, partnerships, or going it alone, and their outcomes, that illustrate principles that can serve as guides for fragile colleges struggling to address their social and economic challenges.Added to Alice Brown’s six carefully researched and extended case studies, her own insights and analyses of decisions made and actions taken, this book offers guidance by seasoned scholars and administrators on issues as varied as leadership, the roles of the president, governing boards, faculty and staff, in articulating and implementing mission and strategies for survival, and on the changing landscape of higher education. The references to the literature on college survival strategies constitute an education in themselves.While this book is of immediate practical value for trustees and leaders of small colleges as they look toward and plan for the future, for anyone aspiring to an administrative positions in higher education the examples constitute a microcosm of the interplay between the external constituencies, governance structures and internal forces that sustain or undermine institutional health, and which are hard to observe clearly in larger, more decentralized environments.

Taylor Walsh writes on behalf of Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit strategy and research service that supports innovation in the academic community.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Early History
Twentieth Century
Twenty-First Century
Turning Around
Trustees
How Governing Boards Fail
Presidents
Observations of a Past President
Faculty and Staff
The Role of Faculty and Staff in Reviving Fragile Institutions
Financial Resources
Going It Alone
Sue Bennett College
Mary Holmes College
Lindenwood University
Merging with Another College or University
RX for Nonprofit Colleges
Barat College/Depaul University
Western College/Miami University
Partnering with a For-Profit
College of Santa Fe
The For-Profit Challenge
Lessons Learned
Is There a Future for Small Colleges?
Conclusions
Afterword
Endnote
References
About The Contributors
Index

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