Inside Higher Ed
March 6th, 2015
Sweet Briar College’s sudden decision to close may cause other
struggling private colleges to do the same by creating a new paradigm
for when a college should call it quits.
That’s the fear of Richard Ekman, the head of the Council of
Independent Colleges, which represents many small private colleges
across the country. He worries Sweet Briar's decision will influence
"My hope is that it will not,” Ekman said. “My hope is that trustees
at most colleges will look at the possibility of trying other things.
There are plenty of examples of colleges that have tried things and it's
worked for them.”