Tracking ‘Invisible Colleges’
Inside Higher Ed
In 1972, researchers compiled a report on 491 small, private, four-year colleges they deemed “invisible” because they were relatively unknown in the higher education industry. More than 40 years later, a new report was published in The Journal of Higher Education that looks again at those same institutions. It found that 84 percent of the original “invisible” colleges remained open as “stand-alone or merged institutions.” This data indicates that small, private institutions are resilient despite a rapidly changing academic landscape.