NonProfit Mergers: Higher Education

Triggers for Merger

Triggers for merger in higher education have increased. Reduction in government funding, reduced student numbers, and a changing market for different styles of courses have raised question marks over increasing numbers of institutions in terms of their viability.


Universities have generally tried to be all things to all people in offering a wide, balanced range of subjects at a highly specialized level. There is also a strong pecking order among institutions based upon research performance, attractiveness to students, and the ability to earn from industry. Employees are likely to have strongly held views on the institution’s particular balance in these areas, and, as significant stakeholders, will have a strong influence upon the success of merger talks.


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