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ERIC Number: EJ992929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-4
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Armed with Data, a Women's College Tries a Transformation
Biemiller, Lawrence
Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb 2013
Armed with data and projections about budgets and future enrollments, Wilson College, in Pennsylvania, considers a slew of changes, including men. Among other changes, the board approved cutting tuition by $5,000, starting a high-profile loan-buyback program, creating new offerings in the health sciences and other career-oriented disciplines, and consolidating some existing programs. The goal: 1,500 students and a deficit-free budget by 2020. Some alumnae and students, however, insist that the Wilson they love will die unless the trustees rescind a vote approving the most controversial of the commission's recommendations: that the 144-year-old college admit men as full-time undergraduates. Although Wilson has welcomed men to its adult-degree and graduate programs for years, the decision to make the undergraduate college coed has provoked howls of protest and vigils outside of board meetings. But the changes are also attempts to respond to trends buffeting liberal-arts colleges everywhere.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania