Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mills College In Oakland Votes To Lay Off Faculty Rather Than Admit Men - JAY BARMANN, SFist

The Bay Area's oldest (and now only) women's college, Mills College in Oakland, faced another crossroads this year as they've seen a steady decline in enrollment and are now facing a $9 million budget deficit. Over 25 years ago, the school faced an insurrection from students when the school's trustees voted to admit male undergraduates — instead deciding to maintain their status as one of only three dozen women's colleges in the US, as of 2017. But as the Chronicle reports, turning around and addressing their budget shortfall this year by firing tenured professors went beyond the pale in the eyes of many faculty, and no one is sure whether remaining a single-gender institution is even sustainable.

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