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antioch college: dead and loving it

The saga of Antioch College continues. A few months ago, we discussed the plight of Antioch College. Over the years, Antioch grew into a multi-campus system. Administrators were retying to dissolve the original college to focus on other goals such as graduate education and distance learning. In the spring, there was an attempt to find new owner for the original Antioch College, for the paltry price of $12 million.

Well, Inside Higher Ed reports that talks broke down and Antioch College shut down this Spring. The evidence indicated that Antioch’s leadership was pretty determined to close the school, whether they found a decent plan or not. Now, details are poring out. Here, you can read about whole incident.

The most interesting part: die hard Antiochites have decided to keep the college going as an independent institution. News reports indicate that alumni have scrapped together $1 million. The Non-Stop Liberal Arts Institute offers a flexible program based in Yellow Springs. So far, it’s unclear if Non-Stop is attracting any serious students, but there are some promising signs, such as an open house in August and the ability to retain staff. Orgheads looking for a cool case study should pay attention.

Written by fabiorojas

August 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm

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  1. Fabio, could this be an example of a counter center at a larger level? An institution within a multi-campus system such as Antioch could be viewed as one, I think. On a personal note, I hope they can revive Antioch into what it was in its prime. It’s definitely a place I wouldn’t mind calling “home” for the career.

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    hillbillysociologist

    August 31, 2008 at 12:14 pm

  2. Hillbilly: I think so – Antioch was clearly an attempt at maintaining a distinct identity within the higher ed system. But the unusual part is that it didn’t grow from inside a larger org, it was a free standing org. Then, the more mainstream parts kind of sprouted from that.

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    fabiorojas

    September 2, 2008 at 12:27 pm


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