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Crisis in Higher Education
A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America
In 2005 Adrian College was home to 840 enrolled students and had a tuition income of $8.54 million. By fall of 2011, enrollment had soared to 1,688, and tuition income had increased to $20.45 million. For the first time in years, the small liberal arts college was financially viable. Adrian College experienced this remarkable growth during the worst American economy in seventy years and in a state ravaged by the decline of the big three auto companies. How, exactly, did this turnaround happen? Crisis in Higher Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America was written to facilitate replication and generalization of Adrian College’s tremendous enrollment growth and retention success since 2005. This book directly addresses the economic competitiveness of small four-year institutions of higher education and presents an evidence-based solution to the enrollment and economic crises faced by many small liberal arts colleges throughout the country.
Publication Date: February 1st, 2015
160 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Jeffrey R. Docking is President of Adrian College. Docking holds a PhD in Ethics from Boston University and has done considerable work in Martin Luther King Jr. studies and racism.

Carman C. Curton earned a PhD from the University of Denver and specializes in microfiction as well as in representations of culture in contemporary American literature.

Early Praise

“The miracle that Docking and his colleagues have worked is not about fairy dust but an all-too-rare blend of crafting strategic priorities based on a deep understanding of contemporary college student interests, persuading the entire campus community to buy into the vision, and staying the course with uncommon courage and wisdom.”
George D. Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus, Indiana University and Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, University of Illinois

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