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The Agile College: How Institutions Successfully Navigate Demographic Changes, ISBN-13: 978-1421440231



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Johns Hopkins University Press (January 12, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 264 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1421440237
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1421440231


Grawe’s book is unapologetically empirical, focusing on specific programmes, policies and approaches already piloted with success . . .  The Agile College convincingly shows that succumbing to despondency is a premature response to the impending demographic disruption.

Times Higher Education
Adopting an interview and case study method in order to directly connect the changing demographic landscape with institutional innovation, The Agile College is equal parts prescriptive and strategic. Empowering institutions in regions that will be hardest hit by population changes, this logical, clear, and effective book is applicable to a broad range of universities. It will generate broad interest in both higher education and policy circles.

— W. Joseph King
Nathan D. Grawe’s new book updates data about future college-goers and proposes many promising strategies and novel tactics for colleges as they navigate today’s demographic, economic, and public health minefields. Grawe’s shrewd insights and map of the terrain will give college leaders the essential knowledge for their institutions to succeed in the turbulent days ahead.

— Richard Ekman
Nathan Grawe again looks beyond national averages to provide important insights to college leaders for the next decade and beyond. He draws on a wide variety of stories from across higher education to make a clear-eyed, clearly presented case for thoughtful but assertive leadership and planning. Neither apocalyptic nor Pollyannaish, The Agile College is an important read.

— Jon McGee
Nathan Grawe delivers a detailed and eminently readable summary of what we need to know about higher education’s shift in enrollment pools. He provides a compendium of initiatives that do in fact work, and concludes with an impressive bibliography of demographic and related studies focusing on American higher education. Interested in understanding the market? Here’s the place to start.

— Robert Zemsky
In this accessible and timely volume, Grawe draws on his well-known skills as a demographer to update his estimates of the demographic issues we face. Then he goes into the world to see what different colleges are doing about them. Here’s hoping that Grawe’s much-needed work starts a trend while there’s still time.

— Matthew Reed
The Agile College debunks the idea that colleges and universities are helpless in the face of demographic trends.

Inside Higher Ed

Book Description

Following Grawe’s seminal first book, this volume answers the question: How can a college or university prepare for forecasted demographic disruptions?

About the Author

Nathan D. Grawe is the Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences and a professor of economics at Carleton College, where he served as associate dean from 2009 to 2012. He is the author of Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education.


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