A Professor, Laid Off, Returns as Provost to Plot Her University's Comeback

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Published by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Public regionals, long accustomed to having local students drawn naturally to them, are struggling as competition with online universities, community colleges, and other institutions grows and resources tighten, said Richard Hesel and David Strauss, principals at the Art & Science Group, a higher-education consulting firm. Those institutions need to tighten up their admissions and fund-raising operations and find ways to differentiate themselves in order to survive, they said.

"What they’ve been historically is relatively generic places that serve an area, that don’t know how to go out and recruit," Mr. Strauss said. "Maine is a small state, shrinking demographically, so it’s something of a bellwether overall."

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