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    Sadly it seems that women's colleges just aren't something you come across very often anymore. There have been numerous rumors of Sweet Briar going co-ed since President Parker took over, but I can't imagine the board would allow that to happen. The alumnae and the students would certainly be in an uproar. Hopefully it will continue to be what it was intended to be- a place for young women to learn.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dad Said Not To View Post
    Wilson has serious hurdles to overcome with regards to recruiting students, be they male or female. The library is closed because the pipes leak, dorms are in disrepair, the pool has been unusable for years. The farm, the barns and arenas, and the new science center are about all the college has going for it with regards to facilities. The admissions department has been pretty poor about actively recruiting students, or even contacting prospective students who have expressed interest and would like more information or to arrange a tour. Making the decision to go co-ed without addressing the college's many issues is like slapping a band-aid on a filthy, infected wound and saying, there, that will make it all better.
    Exactly. There are so many things that need be be fixed from within. I've heard horror stories about the financial aid department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guin View Post
    Where are these schools going to get the money to offer scholarships and grants? The endowments collapsed in the stock market crash of 1990 and have still not recovered. The interest rate on our endowments is around 2.5%. Schools have stopped soliciting gifts to their endowments because there is no return. The focus on giving is now current-use money to support financial aid RIGHT NOW.
    It is frustrating as an education professional to read these sorts of comments. The general population does not understand the tuition vs. cost vs. endowment numbers that are RIGHT NOW. The entire scope of American higher education is changing drastically. In ten years it will not even resemble the "college experience" of the early 1980s. The four-year liberal arts schools are scrambling to reorganize themselves to remain viable for the next twenty years. Online learning, part-time students, and reduced financial aid are realities that will not go away.

    People who complain that their colleges are "different" from when they attended fifteen years ago need to pay attention to what is happening in higher education now. It is a whole new ballgame.
    Guin I'm a VERY recent graduate of my undergrad (class of '11) so this is no '15 years past rose colored classes' and we just completed a HUGE endowment drive where we blew past our goals by a crazy amount - there's more than enough money in the bank.

    And wouldn't you rather your university become one known for working with students, offering good financial aid - it's a return on investment. Students graduate with good feelings toward their universities and are more likely to donate and promote and network for the university.

    Rather than seeing an exodus of high performing students (talking 4.0s) transferring due to the university refusing to work with them despite their drastic changes (deaths of parents) or being hostile to LGBTQ members of the community in a so-called promoted 'safe-space' among other things and the administration having a campus-wide reputation for being incompetent and uncaring.
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    Change Wilson to Virginia Intermont College in Dad Said Not To's post and you have VI's current status.

    It had just gone coed when I started as a freshman in 1976. It had a thriving dance major and it's horsemanship program got good in '77 and just continued to thrive. But then an administration decided the college need a "sports team presence" and began recruiting kids who could play basketball, volleyball and GOLF and offering them free rides (unfortunate pun) while making no scholarships available to the riders who made VI's name. They didn't have funds to repair the dance studio, so that major was gone. There was no money to repair dorms, but money was found to expand the science hall. It is now on academic probation and they are frantically trying to haul their asses out of the fire.

    Many of my alumnae are up in arms. There is a chance they can merge with another local college.

    But 35 years ago VIC's board decided that in order to "save" the college they needed to admit men. It seems it only bought them time and the REAL problem was the Administration, which seems to be the problem at Wilson, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyIsles View Post
    Rather than seeing an exodus of high performing students (talking 4.0s) transferring due to the university refusing to work with them despite their drastic changes (deaths of parents) or being hostile to LGBTQ members of the community in a so-called promoted 'safe-space' among other things and the administration having a campus-wide reputation for being incompetent and uncaring.
    If this is what is going on, the school has way more serious problems than remaining single-sex. Sounds like your administration is sinking like the Titanic. Where are the trustees? Why aren't the alumnae all getting after the trustees to revamp the administration? If the school is actively disobeying anti-discrimination laws, then you have an administrative crisis on your hands. That 66% retention rate is BAD. The school needs to fix that from the ground up, and apparently your financial status is only one of many problems.

    The alumnae should be complaining to your accrediting organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guin View Post
    If this is what is going on, the school has way more serious problems than remaining single-sex. Sounds like your administration is sinking like the Titanic. Where are the trustees? Why aren't the alumnae all getting after the trustees to revamp the administration? If the school is actively disobeying anti-discrimination laws, then you have an administrative crisis on your hands. That 66% retention rate is BAD. The school needs to fix that from the ground up, and apparently your financial status is only one of many problems.

    The alumnae should be complaining to your accrediting organization.

    http://www.wilson.edu/about-wilson-c...ons/index.aspx
    Not the same same-sex college as the OPs. But especially in regards to LGBTQ students many of the same-sex colleges are having issues - and so many of the problems you see across the board are 'little fixes' that if improved would vastly help with retention rates, reputation, and heck alumnae giving.

    Live down the road from another same-sex college that is lacking many of the problems plaguing some others and a lot of it doing so well is because it does - and did - take on many of the steps I outlined in a previous post. (My roommate is a grad student from China and when I asked how that same-sex college was perceived in China she went 'it's known to be a very good school.')
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