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ERIC Number: EJ814311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-19
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Athletics Raises a College from the Ground up
Sander, Libby
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n4 pA1 Sep 2008
For decades, the 40-acre meadow separating Adrian College from a state highway was an afterthought on the modest campus of low-slung limestone buildings. However, in less than three years, the grassy expanse, like the college itself, has undergone a transformation. The newly developed acreage--boasting an ice arena, football and baseball stadiums, a track, and a dozen tennis courts--is the cornerstone of a plan to raise enrollment through intense athletics recruiting. To the relief of college leaders concerned about the future of the small, private liberal-arts college, the plan appears to be succeeding more quickly than they had anticipated. Since 2005, enrollment has surged 57%, to 1,470 students, the highest number in at least two decades. More than half of those students play varsity sports. The college has also become more selective: Three years ago, Adrian accepted 93% of the 1,200 students who applied. This year it accepted 72% of its 4,200 applicants. Faculty members, pleased with the trend, say the caliber of students in their classrooms has improved. Jeffrey R. Docking, Adrian's president and a chief architect of the plan, says the use of athletics to drive enrollment could well be "the fountain of youth for small liberal-arts colleges."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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