Surviving Among the Giants
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Getting bigger isn't the only way to innovate in higher education, say leaders of some small colleges. Their size makes them nimble, which frequently allows them to test bold ideas that challenge conventional thinking about how institutions can offer education, draw in students, and be sustainable.
But their smallness can also lead to fragility. Many of these institutions tend to find themselves in a perpetual cycle: They thrive for a time, but then acquire a poor leader or experience an unexpected crisis like the pandemic, and struggle again—or even close.