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ERIC Number: EJ839458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-19
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
It's a Woman's World (At Least at These Colleges)
Anyaso, Hilary Hurd
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n1 p15-17 Feb 2009
Historically, Massachusetts has been home to some of the most vibrant, viable and prestigious educational institutions for women in the country. That number has decreased over time as schools such as Lesley University, Regis College and Wheaton College, among others, have gone coed. In 1999, Radcliffe College officially merged with Harvard University. Currently there are more than 50 women's colleges in the United States and six of them are located in Massachusetts: Bay Path, Pine Manor, Mount Holyoke, Simmons, Smith and Wellesley. Only Pennsylvania tops that number with seven, according to the Women's College Coalition Web site. In addition to their founding missions to educate women, these colleges share many characteristics. They often have a liberal arts focus, small class sizes, diverse student bodies and loyal alumnae. The "Comparative Alumnae Research Study" shows that women's college alumnae are more likely than public university flagship alumnae to graduate in four years or less; more likely to earn a graduate degree; and less likely to transfer to another college or university. And then there are those things that aren't as quantifiable. The women's colleges featured in this article are as distinct and diverse as their respective student populations. Providing a range of degrees from the associate to the doctorate, Massachusetts' women's colleges have had to be innovative academically and financially to adapt and remain competitive in efforts to appeal to today's college-bound women.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts