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Merge, Consolidate, or Collaborate?


Colleges are game to collaborate these days, and do so in a variety of ways: A consortium allows member colleges to expand academic offerings and increase purchasing power. The consolidation of a public-college system could lead to financial savings and a stronger student experience. And when a struggling college might otherwise fail, a well-thought-out merger can benefit both institutions. While the huge wave of college closings predicted by some experts hasn’t materialized, institutions of all sizes are feeling financial pressure. For some, joining forces offers a solution.


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.