Women's Colleges Receive First in the World Grants

Three women's colleges, Bay Path University, Bryn Mawr College and the College of New Rochelle, were among 24 institutions of higher education to receive Department of Education First in the World Grants in 2014. The First in the World (FITW) Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes and make college more affordable for students and families.

Women's Colleges Recognized as Economically Diverse

Women’s colleges were in the news when two, Smith College (ranked #4) and Saint Mary’s College (ranked #8) were recognized by the New York Times as some of the most economically diverse top colleges in the country.  They were joined by Barnard, Wellesley and Bryn Mawr in the top fifty.

Women’s colleges have educated a higher percentage of low-income, racially diverse and first-generation students than traditional co-ed colleges and universities, public or private, for more than a decade.

From College to Career

Women's colleges offer unlimited career possibilities, and the Class of 2014 reflects those possibilities in the wide variety of jobs they have accepted. 

2014 Graduates Celebrate at Women's Colleges

There were lots of memorable pictures taken at women's college commencements this spring.  From decorated mortar boards  to reflections on the women they have become, recent graduates of women's colleges have lots to celebrate.

Women In Public Service Project Institute Supports Women Rebuilding Communities

The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute, co-hosted by Smith, Simmons, and Mount Holyoke colleges, welcomed 48 professional women who hailed from some of the most troubled areas of the world to receive mentoring and support in their work to rebuild their communities torn by war, political violence, and human rights violations.

 

Women’s Colleges and Transgender: Where Do Their Loyalties Lie?

Women's colleges were founded on progressive assumptions about inclusion and empowerment.  But they were also founded for specific beneficiaries: women.  But who counts as a woman? And is it possible for colleges to draw that line without redefining their missions of tolerance?

Katie Couric Presents Award to Columbia College Senior

Columbia College senior Emelin Garcia is a recipient of the first-ever Scholarship America Dream Award announced on May 23 on “Katie”, Katie Couric’s daytime television show. Emelin was among twelve student finalists welcomed by Katie Couric to the show, filmed earlier this week in New York City.

For Expert Women, Look to Women's Colleges

It makes a difference when you study at a college that empowers women, especially in a gendered world in which people still believe that they can’t identify qualified women across every field.

A Letter to My Granddaughter: Bossy Can Be Beautiful

The word "bossy" can certainly have a negative connotation, but young women today also have the chance to invest the word with all it means to be a leader.  Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College, encourages her granddaughter's generation to do just that.

Our Powers Combined

In the face of mounting financial challenges, some small colleges are hoping that -- together -- they can be as innovative in the online education space as the big guys.

The Council of Independent Colleges and the Teagle Foundation, which supports undergraduate education in arts and sciences, are among some of the organizations pushing for a liberal arts approach to online or hybrid education through recent initiatives that invite small colleges to work together and learn from one another.

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