Public Colleges Struggle for Ways to Evolve Amid Competing Demands

Public Colleges Struggle for Ways to Evolve Amid Competing Demands 1

Ken Redding, Colorado Mesa U.

Colorado Mesa U. has strengthened its nursing program, among others, in recognition of local 
work-force needs. “Play to your strengths,” one higher-education consultant advises colleges.

Nearly five years after the official end of the longest economic downturn since the Great Depression, plenty of colleges are still suffering, and not just the tuition-dependent private ones.

Even as some states have renewed their support for public higher education, a combination of long-term demographic change, governmental imperatives, and resistant stakeholders have forced layoffs at some institutions. Public colleges in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania have all