In March 2015, Virginia’s Sweet Briar College shocked students, staff and alumnae by abruptly announcing its upcoming closure. The announcement stated that the women’s liberal arts college would close “as a result of insurmountable financial challenges,” despite the school’s reported $85 million endowment. Even as more details emerge about the closure, however, there are more questions than answers.
One year earlier, the College introduced an initiative that would explore ways to combat challenges like a declining number of qualified students and female students’ willingness to attend a single-sex school. While Sweet Briar’s plight is not dissimilar from that faced by …read more
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