Liberal arts colleges

Mergers and Survival

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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

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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

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

Redefining Aid Choices

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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

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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

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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

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

Guilford Grows Up

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Liberal arts college with Quaker roots doubles in size over last decade, largely due to surge in adult learners.

Football Scholarships Sacked, For Now

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Patriot League, which includes selective liberal arts colleges, decides not to decide on athletic aid for pigskin players.

Defending the Liberal Arts College

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In podcast interview, Grinnell's new president discusses transition, the role of such institutions and ways they may need to change.

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