Sweet Briar College in Virginia announced via video today that it will close as of August 25. The college is rural, women-only, and has suffered from declining enrollment and deteriorating finances since the beginning of the Great Recession. Additional details are in this Inside Higher Ed story.
Another canary in the coal mine has fallen off its perch.
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Those who are interested in the future of higher education ought to listen to the interview broadcast today on NPR’s Fresh Air with Kevin Carey, author of The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere. Many of his points are detailed in the posts listed on this blog’s higher ed page.