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Proof That Colleges Adapt, and a Prod for More Change

At a time when small private colleges face intensifying financial, enrollment and other pressures, two seemingly contradictory things are both true: many of them are experimenting with meaningful changes, and more of them may need a push to do so.

A report released today by the Council of Independent Colleges tries to contribute on both fronts. The report, “Innovation and the Independent College: Examples From the Sector,” contains dozens of examples of ways that some of the group’s 700-odd members have altered or expanded their offerings or structures to increase revenue, cut costs or otherwise strengthen their financial positions.