CHICAGO, IL - February 1:
In an Advanced Practice of Mortuary Sciences class, second year students Monae Hall and Erik Whitehead listen to instructions at Malcolm X College in Chicago.
Many colleges are looking to make big changes to turn around their waning fortunes, keep themselves relevant for the decade ahead, or simply to clamber a rung up the prestige ladder. But how to make a big strategic bet that isn’t a loser? By looking at recent initiatives and big projects at Wake Forest University, Malcolm X College, and Maryville University, this story will parse some of the key lessons and important steps that leaders take to make sure the odds are in their favor.
(Photo by Alyssa Schukar for The Chronicle of Higher Education)