Small Maine College Asks: Do We Need a Main Campus?

Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Unity College in Maine, which frames itself as “America’s Environmental College,” has opened up debate about whether small institutions really need to have flagship campuses to survive. In a recently updated FAQ, college leaders wrote that for the time being, the school planned to “continue to offer face-to-face, experiential, environmentally-focused programs” on its 240-acre campus — once the campus reopens. At the same time, they noted, “If it is no longer financially viable, the college leadership has the ability to explore selling the main campus or any other college assets … in order to ensure resources are allocated to best serve our students, their needs and the long-term sustainability of the college.”

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