Liberal arts colleges

Tempering Tuition Hikes

Smart Title: 

Private, nonprofit colleges will hike tuition and fees by an average of 4.5 percent in the coming academic year, outpacing inflation while still holding close to last year’s nearly 40-year low increase rate, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Standing Up to 'Accreditation Shopping'

Smart Title: 

Critics of for-profit higher education have of late drawn attention to what they see as a pattern of "accreditation shopping" in which for-profit entities purchase financially struggling nonprofit colleges, and then hold on to the regional accreditation that the nonprofit colleges had for years, even as the new owners expand or radically change the institutions' missions.

War of Words Over Dana

Smart Title: 

The accreditor of Dana College wants the world to know that it didn't revoke recognition of the college or order its closure. At the same time, the accreditor is standing by a decision that critics say is tantamount to ordering such a closure. And in an unusual move, the accreditor on Friday issued a public defense of its decision.

Mergers and Survival

Smart Title: 

Like so many small private colleges, Dana College, a small Lutheran institution on the outskirts of Omaha, has long been precariously close to its death.

“I’ve worried about the college as long as I’ve known the college,” says Myrvin Christopherson, a 1961 alumnus who was Dana’s president from 1986 until 2005. During those 19 years, not only did he weather several years of budget deficits and a fire that destroyed the college’s Old Main, but he also increased the college’s endowment from $1 million to more than 10 times that. “It was always able to pull through.”

An Error With Consequences

Smart Title: 

For months, top administrators at Birmingham-Southern College believed they had weathered the economic downturn reasonably well.

Then, this spring, an audit revealed the truth: years of financial mismanagement and accounting errors had allowed the small college to operate for years while spending millions of dollars more than it actually had in its budget.

Hendrix's Odyssey

Section: 
Smart Title: 

For Hendrix College, the past decade ushered in a series of unfortunate events.

Redefining Aid Choices

Smart Title: 
Survey affirms merit awards serve some needy students, but that says little about whether access for less wealthy is a real priority.

Not Scared of Selectivity

Section: 
Smart Title: 
Report highlights how successful community college transfer students can be at top-tier four-year institutions -- if they get the right kind of assistance.

Liberal Arts, Post-Recession

Smart Title: 
With its discount rate rising, Augustana makes adjustments in curriculum and considers whether the best way to preserve a college's mission is to broaden it.

Revived Antioch Gets a President

Smart Title: 
Mark Roosevelt, who earned praise for leading Pittsburgh schools, says he was drawn by the college's mission and history.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Liberal arts colleges
Back to Top