Jan 2019

After Hampshire College: Here’s Why More Small Colleges Are Feeling Squeezed

On NPR’s Morning Edition, Michael Horn offered thoughts in the wake of Hampshire College’s announcement that it will seek a strategic partnership to carry it into the future because of what its president called “bruising” financial and demographic trends. it will seek a “strategic partnership” to carry it into the future.

As I told Max Larkin, “the business model … is imploding” — and especially for colleges of Hampshire’s size and status.

“These colleges are structured to be the opposite of efficient,” Horn said — and deliberately so. Colleges lower teacher-to-student ratios, for example, to foster the kind of intimate, “high-touch” learning community that alumni appreciate and that applicants seek out.


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