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Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth

, 288 pages
October 2000



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Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth

A New Strategy for Academic Managers

In Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth, James Martin and James E. Samels bring together a distinguished group of higher education professionals to provide the first comprehensive handbook for those involved in—or considering—an academic merger, consolidation, or new form of resource sharing.

Providing practical and theoretical advice on the academic, financial,administrative, legal, personnel, and student aspects of mergers, the authors set forth an action plan for those involved in planning and implementing a mutual growth–rather than a bankruptcy bailout—merger. They cite numerous instances of successful mergers in the United States and Great Britain and offer specific examples to explain why they succeeded.

Among the topics discussed are presidential leadership, the challenges of curriculum restructuring and faculty development, the legal and financial implications of mergers, the role of trustees and governing boards in both public and private institutions, and strategies merging student cultures, alumni organizations, and library resources. The book also includes hints and checklists useful to academic managers planning a merger or anyone affected by one, including alumni and local community members.

Contributors: Bryan E. Carlson, James Martin, Andre Mayer, Sheila Murphy, Franklin Patterson, Patricia Sacks, James E. Samels,Victor F. Scalise, Jr., Paul Temple, John F. Welsh, Celia Whitchurch, Donald L. Zekan.

James Martin is vice president for academic affairs at Mount Ida College. James E. Samels is president of The Samels Group Higher Education Consultants and founder of Samels Associates, a law firm specializing in higher education law. Together they write a regular column on higher education issues for the Boston Business Journal.

"This book is the first study of mergers of growth, rather than bankruptcy-related purposes, in American and British higher education."

"A must-buy... for trustees, CEO's, CAO's and state system staff exploring how to merge two institutions of higher education."

"Practical and theoretical advice on the academic, financial, administrative, legal, personnel, and student aspects of college mergers... An action plan for those involved in planning and implementing such mergers."