As financial support for public institutions declines and as the need for efficiency increases, institutions might want to consider higher-ed mergers as part of their long-term strategic plans.

The consideration comes from new research released by the TIAA Institute, and it examines the operational decision-making and implementation details that help make higher-ed mergers successful.

While institutions should consider mergers, the desire to save money or become a larger institution should not be motivating factors in a merger.

Recent trends indicate many institutions will continue to face financial pressure, and enrollment trends are part of the reason for this financial reality, according...

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