The Oddsmakers of the College Deathwatch
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Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
For years, businesspeople, pundits, and policymakers have speculated on the health of the higher-education sector, and some predictions of a die-off among the nation’s colleges have only gotten more dire over time.
Now a new book estimates the market viability of more than 2,800 undergraduate institutions. The authors examine four key variables—new student enrollments, net cash price, student retention, and major external funding—to gauge whether an institution is likely to consider closing or merging with another school.