University Press Closures

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University Press Closures

Duquesne University Press, Northeastern University Press, Stanford University Press, Columbia University Press, and Dartmouth’s University Press, are examples of university presses that have been threatened or closed. Trends about the changing structure of university presses include collaboration with publishers to promote content and innovative distribution platforms.

I. University Press Scaling Back and Closures

Duquesne University Press

  • After 90 years of operation, Duquesne University Press shut down in 2017, due to budget cuts.
  • The press used to receive an annual subsidy of $300,000 from the university.
  • According to the university officials, the press was running on a deficit budget. To sustain its operations, the university had to channel resources from other programs.

Northeastern University Press

  • In 2004, the Northeastern University Press closed because of adverse economic conditions and negative profits. Within two years, the press losses climbed from $100,000 to $600,000.
  • Some university officials were against the idea of closing the press, claiming the decision-making process was flawed.
  • The report, as well as other reports publicly available, did not indicate how much subsidy the press used to receive from the university.

Stanford University Press

Columbia University Press

Boise State University — Ahsahta Press

University Press of Kentucky

  • The University Press of Kentucky has suffered from budget cuts since 2018. The press used to receive a subsidy of $670,000 each year from the state general fund budget.
  • Following concerns from the public regarding the funding cut, both Democrats and Republicans in the state are now advocating for press funding.
  • The press remains optimistic that a new legislature can reinstate the funding. As of January 31, 2010, the University Press of Kentucky was looking to hire a new director to steer the press forward.

Northern Illinois University Press

University Press of Kansas

University of Wisconsin Press

University of Akron Press

  • In 2015, the University of Akron Press closed following the trimming of millions in expenses by the university.
  • Over 161 workers at the university lost jobs following the closure, which was part of the university's efforts to cut down its budget by $40 million.
  • Some officials felt angered by the move and accused the university of considering budget cuts over brains. Unfortunately, the report, along with public records, do not indicate how much subsidy the press used to receive.

Oxford University Press

Dartmouth’s University Press


II. Trends About the Changing Structure of University Presses

University presses face several challenges, including declining budgetary allocations to lack of effective promotions for their published works. In this regard, the university press landscape is changing fast to counter challenges such as reduced funding, and how to promote content like marketers.

Collaboration with Publishers

Open-Access Monographs

Innovative Distribution Platforms

Librarians as the New Scholarly Research Partners"

Research Methodology

Extensive searches through academic associations, scholarly databases, university press releases, educational blogs, and renowned newspaper publishers have revealed twelve examples of university presses facing closure, along with four trends about the changing structure of university presses. The findings include examples of university presses that have closed, those that have suffered financial cuts, and those threatened with closure. We also conducted more research to identify the reasons for the university press closures or threats and the reasons driving the trends behind university press changing structures.

Existing research does not indicate whether university presses have altered their organizational structures to change who reports to whom. Current trends on this subject revolve around the shifting operational structure of university presses, especially following the continued financial cuts they face. The trends identified are repeated across multiple resources, feature expert input from bodies such as the Association of American Presses, along with scholarly published surveys. Overall, the trends reflect the most recent happenings within the academic landscape, specifically university presses.
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