Saturday, September 10, 2016

Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University to Merge

A merger of Philadelphia higher education institutions will take place in 2017 with the combination of Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University. The merger will make the combined institution the fifth-largest university in Philadelphia. Thomas Jefferson has a robust history in the health sciences, while Philadelphia University is known for programs in architecture, fashion and graphic design.

Thomas Jefferson president and CEO Stephen Klasko remarked, “We’re looking at it like we’re creating a brand new university. We’re going to have a startup mentality because the value in academics has gotten so bloated. It’s just this is how we do things and this is how much we charge. But now we want to create a whole new model.”

Klasko will be the president and CEO of the combined institution. The name of the university post-merger is yet to be finalized.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Education Dive: Benefits of College Mergers Don't Always Add Up

A recent article by Jarrett Carter for Education Dive addressed a number of recent college and university mergers. Carter noted that despite the relative success of some of the mergers, individual campus identities have struggled to coalesce and the positive impact upon students may not be quantifiable. Carter focused on several mergers that were driven primarily by economic factors. It should be no surprise that those mergers driven in large part by financial exigency would retain some level of financial problems post-merger. This is why traditional merger advocates suggest not considering mergers exclusively or mainly for financial reasons. Rather, it is advised that both combining institutions come from relative positions of strength, and are not duplicative in nature; the institutions should be mission-complimentary with as little academic overlap as possible.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Merger of Vermont Colleges Proposed

A merger has been proposed between Johnson State College and Lyndon State College in Vermont. The combination of the two colleges entails institutions with enrollments between 1,000 and 1,500 students and aims for administrative savings. The merger is slated to become official on July 1, 2017.

Merger of Darton State College and Albany State University to be Finalized

A merger process is advancing in Georgia between Darton State College and Albany State University, with a finalization target date of January 2017. The administrations of the two institutions are working to combine personnel and various administrative functions in preparation for the combination. Post-merger, ASU President Art Dunning said that ASU will retain its HBCU status and many of the current two-year degree programs at Darton will continue.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Moody's: More University Mergers to Come

A recent article in Times Higher Education highlights a projection by Moody's that more university mergers will come in the future. The analysis from Moody's centers on the pressure on governments to improve efficiency and achieve economies of scale.