Antioch College Is Closing Down

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Quick, what do civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, actor Rod Serling, singer Mia Zapata, and historian David A. Horowitz have in common? All four people are among the many famous alumnae of tiny, historic Antioch College, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Unfortunately for some, Antioch College may soon be no more as financial problems continue to plague the school. Citing a declining enrollment, small endowment, and high tuition costs — students pay $36,000 annually to attend the school — Antioch officials recently declined an offer from a group of former trustees and wealthy alumni to keep the school open. The school is expected to shut officially in June.

About half of the $12.2 million needed to fund operations over the next five years was still needed, monies that supporters have pledged, but don’t have on hand.

Antioch College was founded in 1852 as an independent, liberal arts school by the Christian Connection, but operated under a nonsectarian basis. Antioch admitted women from the start and was one of the first schools to admit blacks.

Although the school is expected to close, the university has held out that it could reopen in 2012 after reorganization or continue to stay open if a buyer comes forth.

Antioch students have always enjoyed a unique learning environment as they are encouraged to develop their own study plans and rely heavily upon coop programs which allow them to leave campus and work in a variety of fields. Professors do not grade classes.

In addition to the main Ohio campus, Antioch has three campuses on the west coast and one in New Hampshire.

(Source: Associated Press)


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