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The Agile College

How Institutions Successfully Navigate Demographic Changes

Demographic changes promise to reshape the market for higher education in the next 15 years. Colleges are already grappling with the consequences of declining family size due to low birth rates brought on by the Great Recession, as well as the continuing shift toward minority student populations. Each institution faces a distinct market context with unique organizational strengths; no one-size-fits-all answer could suffice.

In this essential follow-up to Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education, Nathan D. Grawe explores how proactive institutions are preparing for the resulting challenges that lie ahead. While it isn't possible to reverse the demographic tide, most institutions, he argues persuasively, can mitigate the effects. Drawing on interviews with higher education leaders, Grawe explores successful avenues of response, including

• recruitment initiatives
• retention programs
• revisions to the academic and cocurricular program
• institutional growth plans
• retrenchment efforts
• collaborative action

Throughout, Grawe presents readers with examples taken from a range of institutions—small and large, public and private, two-year and four-year, selective and open-access. While an effective response to demographic change must reflect the individual campus context, the cases Grawe analyzes will prompt conversations about the best paths forward.

The Agile College also extends projections for higher education demand. Using data from the High School Longitudinal Study, the book updates prior work by incorporating new information on college-going after the Great Recession and pushes forecasts into the mid-2030s. What's more, the analysis expands to examine additional aspects of the higher education market, such as dual enrollment, transfer students, and the role of immigration in college demand.

About the Author

Nathan D. Grawe (NORTHFIELD, MN) is the Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences and a professor of economics at Carleton College, where he served as associate dean from 2009 to 2012. He is the author of Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education.

Endorsements

"Adopting an interview and case study method in order to directly connect the changing demographic landscape with institutional innovation, The Agile College is equal parts prescriptive and strategic. Empowering institutions in regions that will be hardest hit by population changes, this logical, clear, and effective book is applicable to a broad range of universities. It will generate broad interest in both higher education and policy circles."

- W. Joseph King, President, Lyon College, coauthor of How to Run a College: A Practical Guide for Trustees, Faculty, Administrators, and Policymakers
Johns Hopkins University Press
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