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In 2013 70% of U.S adults saw a college degree as important, by 2019, that number dropped to 51%. One sixth of all college grads earn less than the high school graduate, even after ten years of work. Colleges are not as strong of an institution as they used to be, and for some, combining may help facilitate a return to form. It may be unfair to say a college merger is ‘saving’ anything, but in times of struggle there are few better alternatives than a merger.