A Struggling College for Women Puts 'Everything on the Table'

A Struggling College for Women Puts 'Everything on the Table' 1

Matt Roth for The Chronicle

Barbara Mistick, Wilson College's new president, was hired to transform the tiny, all-female college, which is not bringing in enough students to break even.

Wilson College opened for the fall semester in what students and faculty members have come to accept as its usual condition: threadbare.

The library has been closed for more than a year because of a steam-heat leak that undermined a floor, and the pool is closed too, because it needs repairs that would cost thousands. There are only 316 undergraduates in Wilson's College for Women, and total enrollment—counting the coed adult-degree and graduate programs—is just 695, a far