Saturday, August 25, 2012

Editorial Recommends College Mergers as the Best Solution for Fiscal Crunch in Louisiana's Higher Education System

An editorial in the Times-Picayune suggests that university mergers remain the best option for a solution to funding problems in the Louisiana higher education system.

Gov. Christie Signs N.J. Higher Education Merger Bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the New Jersey Medical and Health Science Education Restructuring Act that merges nearly all of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, including its medical schools in Newark and Piscataway, into Rutgers University. The UMDNJ osteopathic medical school in Stratford will be merged into Rowan University in Glassboro. The belief is that merging the medical schools into the comprehensive universities will enhance the status and research portfolios of the combined institutions.

Possible Merger of Texas A&M College Station, A&M Health Science Center

Texas A&M University, College Station may merge with the A&M Health Science Center in January 2013. A committee of faculty from both institutions is currently engaged in researching the feasibility of the process. Similar to other mutual-growth mergers that have recently taken place in the United States, potential positive outcomes include enhanced research funding, rankings and other possibilities for new collaborations.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School to Explore Merger

The College of William and Mary and the Eastern Virginia Medical School are examining merger opportunities. The concept is drawing warm review, save for EVMS's neighbor in Norfolk, Old Dominion University. ODU President John Broderick would like merger discussions expanded to include ODU.

The potential merger has plenty of upside for institutional synergies, collaboration, rankings and prestige. Another article referenced similar mergers in the United States within the past several years, including that of The University of Toledo with the former Medical University of Ohio.

College Mergers Bring Big Changes But Questionable Savings

An article was recently published by Stateline examining several recent and proposed mergers and the impacts on campuses, especially from a financial perspective.

Dissertation Completed!

My apologies for the lack of posts over the past year, but I was very busy completing my dissertation for my PhD in higher education. I successfully defended my dissertation entitled An Examination of Academic Decision-Making During Two University Mergers on May 4, 2012 at The University of Toledo. If you would like to receive a copy of my study, just e-mail me and I will send it to you.