Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Can Struggling Small Colleges Survive?


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Can Struggling Small Colleges Survive?

Drew University - The Princeton Review College Rankings & Reviews
by Kathleen Lynn and Patricia Alex, New Jersey Monthly

"Montclair State University has thrown a multimillion-dollar lifeline to Bloomfield College, agreeing to provide financial support for the struggling private school to stay open during the 2022-2023 school year as the schools hash out the details of a more permanent arrangement that could include a merger.

In June, Rider University in Lawrenceville announced deep program cuts and layoffs to address a $20 million deficit after an earlier plan to sell its venerable Westminster Choir College fell apart. 

These are tough times for some small private colleges and universities in New Jersey and around the nation. Many have been forced to cut staffing and programs or sell property following a decade of enrollment declines. Those losses accelerated during the pandemic, destabilizing the tuition-dependent schools."

>> Situational Awareness: "About one in five undergraduates and one in three graduate students in the state is enrolled in one of the 16 private, nonprofit, four-year colleges. Enrollment in these schools dropped from a peak of more than 79,000 in 2009 to under 64,000 in fall 2021, a decline of about 20 percent, according to the state Office of the Secretary of Higher Education."

>> Why It Matters: "The Bloomfield-Montclair agreement is perhaps the boldest of remedies to date. Founded by Presbyterians as a German theological school in 1868, Bloomfield is essentially a secular liberal arts school now, serving a predominantly Black and Hispanic student body. Affiliation with Montclair, a public university with 20,000 students, will give Bloomfield financial stability and additional programming. Montclair will gain a downtown campus about 6 miles away from its suburban location."

>> Between The Lines: "Other schools have sought to raise funds by selling real estate, including Drew University in Madison, which has proposed the sale of 53 acres of its iconic, leafy campus. Proceeds would “go directly to improving the strength of Drew’s endowment, which provides scholarships and academic opportunities to our students,” Drew president Thomas J. Schwarz tells New Jersey Monthly."

>> What They're Saying: “Experts like me predicted more closures than have happened, because these institutions are tough,” says Lawrence Ladd, senior consultant with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, noting the tenacity of alumni networks. “They believe in their mission, have a long history, and will work hard to survive.” 

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2.   Is Your Streaming Game Ready?


While many schools have their own streaming video partners, a record number of DIII conferences have established streaming networks to enable you - the viewer - to find all broadcasts in one location.

Here's where you can find your favorite league, although some leagues make it more difficult than others. The list is not comprehensive. Please send additions to

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Allegheny Mountain 

Hudl / BlueFrame (11)
Atlantic East
Little East
Middle Atlantic
North Coast

Northeast Sports Network (1)

PrestoSports (4)
American Southwest
Empire 8

Team1 Sports
individual institutions


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3.   Middlebury Tops Preseason Poll


Middlebury is the choice of the NFHCA ranking committee as the preseason No. 1 team entering the 2022 field hockey season.

  1. Middlebury
  2. Johns Hopkins
  3. Rowan
  4. Tufts
  5. Trinity, Conn.
  6. Bowdoin
  7. Babson
  8. Messiah
  9. Kean
  10. Washington and Lee
11-15: Amherst, Salisbury, Ursinus, Williams, TCNJ
16-20: Christopher Newport, New Paltz, Cortland, Vassar, MIT

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (6), NJAC (3), C2C (2), Centennial (2), NEWMAC (2), SUNYAC (2), Liberty (1), MAC Commonwealth (1), ODAC (1)

>> Complete Ranking
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    4.   Combining Math and Football

    "Drew Pasteur, Professor of Mathematics at The College of Wooster, has found a way to use his expertise to explore another passion of his – high school football.

    Pasteur was featured on an Aug. 25 broadcast of Fox 8 News in Cleveland for his website, Ohio Fantastic 50, that predicts the outcomes of high school football games in Ohio and ranks the teams across the state.

    Pasteur, who also serves as a faculty athletic representative for Wooster’s athletic department, gathers scores and information from multiple sources and applies statistical analysis to generate his rankings and make weekly predictions. The website will also project which teams will make the state playoffs later in the season."

    >> Quotable: "The skills that we’re talking about with football and basketball are the same ones that might be used to look at data medicine and health care or analyze a company’s sales performance and sports. It’s a fun way for students to learn some of those skills,” Pasteur said."

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