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Twenty-plus faculty members and alumnae of Sweet Briar College announced Thursday that they want to keep the institution alive but shift its focus to science, mathematics and technology. The plan would have the college focus on STEM, with seven majors in those fields. The college would remain a women's institution and thus become the only one to focus on STEM. Students would earn a bachelor of arts degree in three years, during which they would also take general education courses and have internships. The plan would require a $62 million investment and an entering class of 120 students.

A college spokeswoman said that the board was committed to hearing out groups with ideas about the college's future and would meet with backers of this plan next month.