Flagships Prosper, While Regionals Suffer
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Flagship institutions are the marquee schools, the research centers, the academic powerhouses, the foundation of a statewide alumni base, and often the state’s athletics brand, too.
But the workhorses of public higher education in most states are the regional public universities, the less renowned four-year institutions with teaching missions that exist in the shadows of the flagships’ spotlight. And shifting demographics, reduced levels of state support, and hobbled state oversight have led many regional universities to suffer.