Although the Spawn has already made her college choice, she continues to receive recruiting info. One school that has been a regular contributor to her e-mail feed* (as recently as a few days ago) is Virginia’s Sweet Briar College.
It’s just as well she wasn’t interested; Sweet Briar is closing, effective 25 August. Despite an $84-million endowment, the combination of rural location and single-sex education led to unsustainable enrollment — the school’s current enrollment is under 550 students. (By comparison, Mondoville is about double that.) The college will attempt to help its students transfer to similar institutions; about 300 faculty and staff will lose their jobs.
As a professor at a college with a larger enrollment, but smaller endowment, I shudder when I read these stories, even as we seem to have moved from simply trying to keep the lights on to capital growth. And the next time the Spawn is online, she may not notice it, but she’ll have e-mails from a ghost.
* Yes, I have access to the Spawn’s e-mail account, with her permission. I’ve occasionally come in handy noticing e-mails that escaped her attention. Also, I’m her dad.