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Podcast: The Survival of Small Private Colleges

Helen Drinan, the current and eighth President at Simmons University, discusses small private colleges, particularly in New England and how they can compete it in the higher education landscape.

“I think the other issue is being realistic about how distinctive you are," Drinan explains. "Everyone wants to say that they are excellent at this or providing a well rounded education at that, but you really have to look at why are people are coming here and not going somewhere else, in a way that is really defensible.”

Listen to the podcast here.

This podcast is created and produced by higher education experts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn.  Selingo, a FutureEd senior fellow and former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, is special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. Horn is chief strategy officer for the Entangled Group, an education investment firm,  and a senior partner at Entangled Solutions, an education consulting company.  Selingo and Horn can be contacted here. Future U is supported by the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University, and by Entangled Solutions.