I am, right this second, watching a live feed from Antioch College
in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The university leaders who closed the undergraduate school two years ago have just handed over the keys to the entire campus to the new owners, The Antioch College Continuation Corp.
In the history of U.S. higher education, no one has ever
re-opened an independent liberal arts college once it was closed.
As an alumnus, class of 1992, I wish my alma mater
the best and will work to support her.
Yellow Springs News Online
On Friday, Sept. 4, the keys to Antioch College will be transferred from Antioch University to the Antioch College Continuation Corporation, or ACCC. The action marks the college’s revival after having been closed for a year, and its return, after 30 years as part of a university system, to being an independent liberal arts college. ...
Friday’s closing finalizes an agreement between the university and the ACCC that was made two months ago. ... The June 30 agreement followed a year of negotiations....
The closing follows a two-year Antioch College alumni effort to save the college after the university board voted in 2007 to close the school the following year due to financial exigency.
The alumni effort to create an independent college succeeded because there was “such a broad and diverse group of people who put forth such a level of effort and conviction that the college should survive,” Derr said, describing the effort as a “relay race” in which, when one group of alumni faltered, another took over.
Many college alumni cared deeply about saving the college because they believed they had received a unique education that needed to be available to future generations, especially in an increasingly complex world.
“It’s a simple model but a powerful one,” Morgan said, regarding the Antioch College synthesis of scholarship, self-governance and real-world work experience. “No one else is doing it.”