Mergers

Sacred Heart University withdraws from University of Bridgeport acquisition, dropping deal to three sides

Enrollment and financial projections for part of the deal came in lower than expected, university's president said.

University of Arizona acquires Ashford University

Former for-profit Ashford University, which enrolls 35,000 students, will become the new, nonprofit University of Arizona Global Campus.

Proposals to consolidate colleges could run into challenges with shared leadership

College systems and consortia have shared academic services, libraries, transportation, even a campus. Would they be able to share a president?

Pennsylvania university system proposes plan for redesign

Facing significant financial pressure, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education will explore combining operations at three pairs of universities.

Citing the pandemic, Pine Manor College will merge into Boston College

Pine Manor College has struggled financially for years, but pandemic-related challenges helped push it into a merger deal with nearby Boston College.

Tensions rise in battle over Watkins-Belmont merger

Tensions escalated between the Watkins College of Art's board and those working to keep the school independent, and a process server was threatened with a gun.

Lawmaker's plan to merge Florida public universities lingers even after defeat this year

Controversial bill came out of the blue, according to critics at public colleges. Supporters in the Legislature say it will likely be reconsidered next year.

Cambridge College acquiring for-profit college, doubling down on online offerings for working learners

Private nonprofit college plans to absorb part of a shuttered for-profit chain. Backers say the business college stood out from its peers and provides key competencies for educating working adults online.

Marlboro will become part of Emerson College

Move comes after the tiny Vermont college failed to merge with University of Bridgeport.

New book seeks to guide college leaders through merger possibilities

Mergers are “one more tactical arrow in a strategic quiver,” according to authors of new book offering practical advice on higher ed M&A.

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