The Center for Higher Education Mergers and Acquisitions (‘CHEMA’) at the Foundation for Research and Education Excellence (‘FREE Foundation’) will serve as a non-political think tank, studying issues and challenges, generating data, and developing analyses and guidance related to mergers, consolidations, acquisitions, closures, corporate conversions, and other corporate restructuring strategies in higher education to help inform and achieve better informed policy outcomes, better economic decisions, and better outcomes for post-secondary students.
To transform higher education into a more efficient, equitable, effective, and affordable system through recognition of the excess capacity inherent in the industry and through the power of strategic partnerships and corporate restructuring, for the benefit of all current and future students.
CHEMA will achieve these aims by:
- Researching issues important to the higher education community concerning corporate restructuring, including mergers, consolidations, acquisitions, closures, corporate conversions, and other similar strategies in higher education
- Authoring and publishing relevant thought pieces, including but not limited to white papers, analyses, monographs, and books, concerning corporate restructuring in higher education, working through CHEMA Fellows, CHEMA staff, or ad hoc task forces specifically appointed for a designated report or analysis, potentially working with outside entities.
- Serving as forum for the discussion and exchange of information related to mergers, consolidations, acquisitions, closures, corporate conversions, and other corporate restructuring strategies in higher education, including, but not limited to, organizing and hosting conferences, webinars, and other and other events with experts and interested parties to further discussion, debate, and education around this important topic.
- Hosting academics, thought leaders, analysts and policymakers focused and passionate about the opportunities provided by corporate restructuring in higher education.
- Guiding and supporting advocacy efforts on behalf of thoughtful and selective implementation of corporate restructuring in higher education to achieve better informed policy outcomes, better economic decisions, and better outcomes for post-secondary students.
- Engaging executive leaders, local community leaders and members, alumni, staff, faculty, students, and other higher education stakeholders, to illustrate the need for further research and policy reforms.