Public Colleges Struggle for Ways to Evolve Amid Competing Demands

Ken Redding, Colorado Mesa U.

Colorado Mesa U. has strengthened its nursing program, among others, in recognition of local 
work-force needs. “Play to your strengths,” one higher-education consultant advises colleges.
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Nearly five years after the official end of the longest economic downturn since the Great Depression, plenty of colleges are still suffering, and not just the tuition-dependent private ones.

Even as some states have renewed their support for public...

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