Wednesday Lunch Conversation: Are American Liberal Arts Colleges Doomed?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase Hall 215

Are American Liberal Arts Colleges Doomed?

Over the past two years, liberal arts colleges across the country have announced plans to close or merge, including famed colleges such as Hampshire and Marlboro. In our talk, we explore the tenuous future of liberal arts colleges through the theoretical lens of organizational ecology. By analyzing environmental conditions from this perspective, we predict closure for some colleges, but also foresee new opportunities for colleges that retain the traditional practices of liberal arts colleges.

Nathan F. Harris, Assistant Professor, Higher Education, Warner School
Omid Farahani, Master's Student, High Education, Warner School

Warner will be providing pizza and salad. As always, you are welcome to bring your own bagged lunch. Food will be available starting at 11:45am. Please feel free to arrive early so we may start the talk promptly at noon. For disability-related accommodations, please contact Mary Judge Diegert at (585) 275-2454 or email

Tags: higher education, liberal arts colleges, Nathan Harris, resource-partitioning theory, Wednesday Conversation, Wednesday Lunch Hour