With Small Colleges Closing, How Should Families Think About Choosing A School?

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A building at Newbury College in Brookline. (Courtesy Newbury College via Facebook)
A building at Newbury College in Brookline, which is set to close this Spring. (Courtesy Newbury College via Facebook)

Across New England, students looking at choosing a college are facing a new question: will the school where I enroll even exist by the time I graduate?

This is spurred by a series of small college closures. Mount Ida College closed abruptly last year, and then Newbury College in Brookline, followed by three schools in Vermont.

So how should we be thinking about this new landscape?


Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute. His new book is called "Choosing College: How To Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life." He Tweets @michaelbhorn.

Casey Near, Executive Director of Counseling at Collegewise, a college counseling company.

Rodolfo Aguilar, parent and organizer at Massachusetts Parents United.

This segment aired on October 24, 2019.


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