College Towns, declining enrollments: Challenges and Opportunities
" is the is the focus of the next webinar, Feb 24, noon-1:00pm ET. Increasingly, this topic draws national coverage. Brief description of the webinar: "Higher education finds itself in the outer band of a massive and slow moving storm, threatened by years of financial strain, a downturn on the nation's birthrate, and growing skepticism about the price and value of a college degree. Colleges (and communities) that are planning for the demographic future in the next decade are not waiting to take action." Eric Kelderman, Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE). Panelists include:
- CHE reporter Eric Kelderman who will walk the audience through a series of informative graphs and datasets that frame the current realities.
- ITGA Board member and Athens Ohio (home of Ohio University) Mayor Steve Patterson on the challenges for his town and region and feedback from other municipal leaders around the U.S.
- Chicago Loop Alliance CEO Michael Edwards on what downtown management organizations (chamber/economic development agencies) can do to support their colleges and universities, and maintain their economic edge.
- Otterbein President John Comerford on strategies designed to address near-future challenges facing higher education, including private colleges and universities.
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. Media contact and for more information, Gary Stewart, Cornell University,