Monday Mid-DayLearning Opps
To Merge or Not to Merge? A Question Higher Education Needs to Consider
- Monday, July 31
- 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM
- Minneapolis Conv Ctr
Vice President for Finance and Business (CFO)
Salem State University
The decades-long expansion of higher education institutions is over, with the industry now in an era of diminished state and federal spending, lagging personal incomes of college-going families, and increased demand for accountability through outcomes. This new era demands a significant shift in strategy, toward more collaborations and partnerships. Beyond simple agreements to share back-office operations or cross-list courses, collaboration may involve institutional mergers. While institutions at the greatest risk of failure must consider mergers out of necessity, those in positions of strength may seek acquisitions for the opportunities presented.
- Explore when to consider expanding partnerships or pursuing a potential merger or acquisition strategy.
- Recognize common pitfalls when institutions or systems consider broader partnerships.
- Examine the roles of campus and system leaders in managing the merger and acquisition process from due diligence through implementation.