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Sweet Briar College

How Small Colleges Can Not Only Survive, But Thrive

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 07.17.2015 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

With the closing of two more private not-for-profit colleges in recent months, many more college leaders and boards across the country realize they must take the difficult steps required to ensure survival for their institutions.

Virginia Is Going To Rescue Sweet Briar College

AP | By STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 06.22.2015 | College

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — Prominent alumnae of Sweet Briar College are rejoicing over a mediated settlement to keep the 114-year-old Virginia women's ...

State Supreme Court Rejects Sweet Briar College Case

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 06.10.2015 | College

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Sweet Briar College is playing down a decision by Virginia's highest court on the college's planned closure. The Supreme Cour...

Controversial College Closing Goes To State Supreme Court

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 06.04.2015 | College

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Supreme Court of Virginia will be asked Thursday to temporarily block the planned closure of Sweet Briar College in August. ...

Sweet Briar Has Its Final Commencement Before Closing

AP | Steve Szkotak | Posted 05.18.2015 | College

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) -- A visitor to Sweet Briar College would be hard-pressed to find signs of the financial stress that is shuttering the tiny wome...

All Women's Liberal Arts College Means Business

Betsie Gambel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Small Business
Betsie Gambel

It is said that a liberal arts degree prepares one for life, and it is applying those skills that allows us to compete successfully in business. The confidence that we earn in a women's higher education setting further positions us for leadership roles on the business front and in the board room.

Solutions to the High 'Freaking' Cost of College

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I was saying before my house and entire family was frozen into a block of ice for two months, there are solutions to the problems I've been describing over the last several months regarding why college costs so freaking much.

Save the Small Liberal-arts College

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 06.06.2015 | Education
Robert Whitcomb

That fiscally anxious Sweet Briar College, in rural Virginia, will close demonstrates the challenges facing liberal (in the nonpolitical sense) higher education in our harsher, more competitive times.

Student Harvesting and the Dilution of a Discipline

Domino Renee Perez | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Domino Renee Perez

While what a film does matters as much as how it is made, the richness of film study is found in a dialogue between the two, a dialogue formal film studies fosters and explores.

More Attention Given to a Small Liberal Arts College Closing Than a Giant For-Profit College System Shutting Down

John A. Tures | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
John A. Tures

When tiny Sweet Briar College announced its closing, it was front page news. It was heralded as the beginning of the end for liberal arts colleges and single sex schools. But when the large Corinthian College system closed campuses across the country, it did not receive the same level of attention.

Sweet Briar College and the Homogenization of U.S. Higher Education

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 05.23.2015 | College
Mark Yzaguirre

While in the end every school must be a good steward of its resources, a society in which any college is largely interchangeable with another will be a poorer one, and the closure of schools like Sweet Briar College moves us further in that direction.

Higher Education Accreditation: Is There Another Way Through the Looking Glass?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.23.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The recent decision by the board of trustees to close Sweet Briar College raises an important question: Is there a better way to coordinate the findings of ratings groups to assist colleges and universities going forward?

Disrupting the Daisy Chain: What Modern Women's Colleges Really Do

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.10.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

Educating women is essential to alleviating poverty, fostering economic development, improving the health and education of children. Women's colleges have long served as gateways for educational and economic opportunity for women.

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

Sweet Briar: The Crack in the Faberge Egg

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.09.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The decision by the Board of Trustees of Sweet Briar College to close its doors on August 25 shocked the American higher education community.

Sweet Briar College Is Closing

AP | Posted 03.04.2015 | College

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) -- Tears gave way to determination Wednesday as fiercely loyal Sweet Briar College students and alumnae vowed to keep their smal...

Christmas Vespers, Concerts, and Candlelight Services at Women's Colleges

Diane Propsner | Posted 02.10.2015 | College
Diane Propsner

On December 6, 2014, thanks to live-stream technology, I enjoyed the 88th Annual Spelman‒Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert from the comfort of my abode. I was not disappointed.

10 Fantastic Autumn Traditions Celebrated at Women's Colleges

Diane Propsner | Posted 01.06.2015 | College
Diane Propsner

There's something about college traditions that I find appealing. Perhaps it's because past experience has shown me that the traditions celebrated at women's colleges foster community, school spirit, empowerment and sisterhood while cementing life-long friendships.

Student Leaves After Hanging 'White Only' And 'Colored' Signs On Campus

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 09.06.2014 | College

A Virginia college student has left school after confessing to posting a series of “White Only” and "Colored” signs on campus last week. The ...

Recapping the Women's College Advantage

Diane Propsner | Posted 10.13.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

As a women's college alumna, my contention is that women's colleges are today's best kept secret in higher education. It's the main reason I started blogging and with so many advantages, it would be remiss of me not to continue to do so.

From College to Career: Her First Job After Graduation

Diane Propsner | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

I don't know about you, but I always get tickled pink when I learn about a person getting hired, maybe it's the recruiter in me. And there's something extra special when it's the first job after college.

Memorable 2014 Graduation Images From Women's Colleges

Diane Propsner | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having viewed numerous commencement photographs from women's colleges across the country, in this blog post, I'll share with you several of the images I found memorable.

First Semester College Reflections

Diane Propsner | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Last fall I asked several high school girls why they decided to attend a women's college and shared their reasons in a blog post. For this blog post, I thought it would be fun to re-visit with those students to see how their first semester at college went.

How to Afford a Quality College Education for Your Daughter

Diane Propsner | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Diane Propsner

If you're a parent with a college-bound daughter, I know you're thinking about the cost of her education. On one hand, you're so proud of her; on the ...

Why I Chose a Women's College

Diane Propsner | Posted 10.12.2013 | College
Diane Propsner

Although a women's college is not for everyone, I simply can't accept the myth that women's colleges are no longer relevant or that young girls are not interested in attending one.