As higher education costs rise, and as many small colleges struggle with sustainability, institutional leaders are faced with tough challenges. How can we best deal with and overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of sustainability? How do colleges help existing students graduate, attract new students and align resources with institutional priorities? We recently faced this dilemma at Drury University.
Founded in 1873, Springfield, Missouri-based Drury University is a private institution in the Midwest. Its 90-acre campus in the historic part of the city serves 3,359 students who have access to more than 70 majors and programs, 39 minors and five graduate programs as well as a robust study abroad program with a satellite campus on the Greek island of Aegina and partnerships with educational institutions across the world. With our high impact learning style and 13:1 student to faculty ratio, every student gets the support they need.
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But as a small school, we faced the challenges of sustainability. This tenuous situation sparked our focus to identify opportunities and overcome challenges that hold back sustainability. Embracing our motto of “Go Beyond” has garnered positive results in the university’s application of transformative ideas that are not only yielding great success but changing the face of higher education at our institution.