Even in Hard Times, Colleges Should Help Their Communities

Economic news today is filled with discussion about whether the United States has entered a recession. For me and other presidents of public colleges and universities, however, whether the downturn can be labeled a recession is far less important than dealing with the effects of economic conditions on our institutions. How do we set priorities among the variety of worthwhile demands on university resources and protect the long-term interests and quality of our institutions?

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