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A Merger Can Save Your College, but Don’t Wait Too Long


As the financial pressure on small colleges continues to increase and the number of colleges closing continues to tick upward, more and more institutions are considering whether it’s time to consider merging with another institution. There are many potential benefits to doing so: Administrative costs can be shared, merged institutions can provide more-diverse curricula and more-robust student services, and merged institutions can achieve greater reach and breadth, which can in turn enhance their branding, enrollment, and financial stability. In short, a merger can help ensure a college’s survival, at least in some form.


Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA

A educator-scientist-executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, research, and healthcare, Dr. Azziz currently serves as Regents’ Professor, Augusta University; Senior Fellow, American Association of State Colleges & Universities; Visiting Scholar, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California; and former founding CEO, Georgia Regents Health System.