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'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble' | The Hechinger Report

'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble' | The Hechinger Report | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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Facing skeptical customers, declining enrollment, an antiquated financial model that is hemorrhaging money, and new kinds of low-cost competition, some U.S. universities and colleges may be going the way of the music and journalism industries.


Their predicament has become so bad that financial analysts, regulators and bond-rating agencies are beginning to warn that many colleges and universities could close.


'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble,' the financial consulting firm Bain & Company concluded in a report—one-third of them, to be exact, according to Bain, which found that these institutions’ operating costs are rising faster than revenues and investment returns can cover them."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

And Robert Zemsky says the faculty are sitting on the sideline: 

We’re on the sideline. And that’s terrible that the faculty, writ large, are on the sideline.”

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Superstition Mountain Campus, Central Arizona College

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Superstition Mountain Campus, Central Arizona College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . refreshing . . . outstanding systematic approach . . . sculptural building, wonderful gesture . . . ” new jewel box lays ground for future building sites . . .can change people lives . . . structure expressed in powerful way.”


College Center nearly doubled the square footage of the campus. The building layout was organized with two centers; one center defined by a large folded ceiling that spans open learning spaces with floor to ceiling glass; the second by a group of five science teaching labs with a technical focus. A bridge occupied by offices and lounges links the two centers and provides an academic link between functions.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

The application process for the society's 2014 awards is open now.

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U.S. Private Colleges Face Enrollment Decline

U.S. Private Colleges Face Enrollment Decline | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Many U.S. private colleges and universities are responding to declining enrollments with closures, layoffs, cutbacks, mergers and new recruitment strategies.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

From 2010 through 2012, freshman enrollment at more than a quarter of U.S. private four-year schools declined 10% or more, according to federal data The Wall Street Journal analyzed. From 2006 through 2009, fewer than one in five experienced a similar decline.

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At a small private college, all-night dining allows for more flexible class scheduling

At a small private college, all-night dining allows for more flexible class scheduling | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

At Lynn University, one of the first small colleges to offer a 24-hour cafeteria, students are more nourished and classes are more flexible.

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The Colby Life (Colby University, Maine)

Life at Colby in just two minutes. Produced by Milton Guillen '15
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

On the CASE Communications list, a campus video is shared each week. We're going to begin sharing them here, as we receive them.


"Hey all. It's Friday again, so here's another fun video from a campus in Maine. And in case it inspires you, this was created by a student (under the direction of the communications office). Enjoy!"

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