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ERIC Number: EJ946418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0748-478X
An Alumni Love Story
Rosenfeld, Megan
CURRENTS, v37 n7 p46-51 Sep 2011
From its roots as a nonsectarian school started by Christian evangelists in 1850 to its heyday as a hippie headquarters, Antioch College has generated both heat and light as a beacon of progressive education. Admission has always been color- and gender blind, and it was the first coed college to allow women full participation in the classroom. Unfortunately, a chronic state of poverty is also part of the Antioch story. Every Antioch president from Horace Mann (Antioch's first president) on has had to carry the begging bowl to get from year to year. Antioch closed twice for lack of money--from 1862 to 1865 and from 1881 to 1882--and there was a period in 1979 when faculty did not get paid. In June 2007, the previous board of trustees announced a "suspension" of operations, a euphemism that most graduates interpreted as "it's dead." But since then, alumni have raised millions, assembled a board, hired a president and staff, begun an intimidating schedule of repairs to long-neglected buildings, and devised a new curriculum. This month, 35 students--selected from 145 who applied--will arrive on campus as the first class of the new Antioch College. This article describes how dedicated alumni have brought Antioch College back from the dead.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio