Retirement Incentives, New Degrees, Grant Writers: How One College Is Tackling the Crisis

Metropolitan State College of Denver is taking the "never waste a crisis" lesson to heart.

The 21,500-student institution received $10-million in federal stimulus money from the Colorado Legislature to make up for cuts in its state appropriation. Rather than use the money for continuing operations, the university has instead made its own cuts, including the elimination of 100 positions, and is putting the $10-million into several new ventures designed to better position itself for the