Podcast: The Key with Inside Higher Ed: Mergers and Other ‘Transformational Partnerships’
Posted by Inside Higher Ed on April 13, 2021
Merger is something of a dirty word in higher education, given that most of them are takeovers in which one college usually disappears. But as financial, demographic and other changes force many colleges to consider significant changes in how they operate, cross-institutional collaboration of one sort or another – be it sharing of back-office operations, cooperation on academic programs, or a merger – is likely to grow.
In this episode of The Key, we discuss the Transformation Partnerships Fund, a new philanthropic effort to encourage colleges and universities to contemplate alliances that can better help them serve students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The conversation features John MacIntosh of SeaChange Capital Partners and Art Dunning, former president of Albany State University, who oversaw that institution’s merger with Darton State College and advises the fund. And Sister Margaret Carney, president emerita of St. Bonaventure University, offers a cautionary tale about a merger that didn’t happen – and what went awry.
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