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The College Stress Test

Tracking Institutional Futures across a Crowded Market

In The College Stress Test, Robert Zemsky, Susan Shaman, and Susan Campbell Baldridge present readers with a full, frank, and informed discussion about college and university closures. Drawing on the massive institutional data set available from IPEDS (the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), they build a stress test for estimating the market viability of more than 2,800 undergraduate institutions. They examine four key variables—new student enrollments, net cash price, student retention, and major external funding—to gauge whether an institution is potentially at risk of considering closure or merging with another school. They also assess student body demographics to see which students are commonly served by institutions experiencing market stress. The book's appendix includes a powerful do-it-yourself tool that institutions can apply, using their own IPEDS data, to understand their level of risk.

The book's underlying statistical analysis makes clear that closings will not be nearly as prevalent as many prognosticators are predicting and will in fact impact relatively few students. The authors argue that just 10 percent or fewer of the nation's colleges and universities face substantial market risk, while 60 percent face little or no market risk. The remaining 30 percent of institutions, the authors find, are bound to struggle. To thrive, the book advises, these schools will need to reconsider the curricula they deliver, the prices they charge, and their willingness to experiment with new modes of instruction.

The College Stress Test provides an urgently needed road map at a moment when the higher education terrain is shifting. Those interested in and responsible for the fate of these institutions will find in this book a clearly defined set of risk indicators, a methodology for monitoring progress over time, and an evidence-based understanding of where they reside in the landscape of institutional risk.

About the Authors

Robert Zemsky is a professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise. Susan Shaman is the former director of institutional research at the University of Pennsylvania. With Zemsky, she is the coauthor of The Market Imperative: Segmentation and Change in Higher Education. Susan Campbell Baldridge is a professor of psychology and former provost at Middlebury College.

Endorsementss

"This volume is a useful antidote to the dire tales of higher education's financial woes and warnings of major disruption on the horizon. The authors pull us back from the ledge to offer a more tempered and nuanced analysis, identifying which schools and students are at greatest risk and reassuring readers that signs do not point to an overall upheaval of the entire education sector."

- Sarah K. A. Pfatteicher, Executive Director, Five Colleges, Inc.

"Just as the Midwest and Northeast grapple with falling numbers of high school graduates—and the rest of the country is soon to do the same—this book provides critical analysis to inform important institutional and system-wide planning. By providing a national context, the work will help schools understand the enrollment and financial pressures they face. Administrators, boards of trustees, and state policy makers should read this work and use it to inform how they lead higher education through a period of demographic and financial challenge."

- Nathan D. Grawe, Carleton College, author of Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education

"The College Stress Test sets a standard for open, candid, and data-driven discussion about the health of America's colleges and universities. It's a positive message about how best to prepare for change from within without waiting for external forces to shape the agenda. At the campus level, stakeholders should make good use of the stress measurement tool to determine where they are so they can plan for where they need to be."

- Brian C. Mitchell, Former President, Bucknell University, coauthor of How to Run a College: A Practical Guide for Trustees, Faculty, Administrators, and Policymakers
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