Apre`s D'eluge at State U - A Comprehensive Public University Responds to the Great Recession
We propose to tell a story. It is about one institution we think is representative of an important type and a large proportion of American universities, the comprehensive public university, and its responses to the lingering Great Recession. As a group, comprehensives handle almost 40 per cent of the total student enrollment in the US. The 400-plus member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) account for almost half of all four-year public enrollments. Virtually all American colleges and universities—public and private—have been hurt by what we now know to be the worst economic crisis since the Depression. Over the past several years, we have listened to the stories of representatives from every group. Along with community colleges, comprehensive public universities are the most battered among them.
The time therefore seems right to begin to take stock of the present state of affairs—which, as grim as it is, may be “as good as it gets”—and to describe one institution’s attempts to adapt to it. We think our story is illustrative; we hope it is instructive....
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