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Some Colleges Are Teaming Up to Survive


students walking by Herrick Chapel on the Adrian College campus

Adrian College says that new majors added through course sharing lured 51 students this year who otherwise wouldn't have come.

Credit: Erin Kirkland / The New York Times

Smaller colleges facing declining student enrollment are sharing courses online in order to survive.

The technology behind course sharing progressed during the pandemic, allowing colleges to affordably and quickly add desired programs, drawing enrollment while paying other teaching institutions at discounted prices. Adrian College, for example, has used course sharing to add majors, minors, and certificate programs in such fields as computer science, Web design, and cybersecurity.

Technology companies are developing platforms to enable course sharing, including Acadeum, which powers cooperatives like the Online Course Sharing Consortium.

Adrian College president Jeffrey Docking believes course sharing can preserve colleges in peril and their singular cultures.

From The New York Times
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