In Tough Times, Some Colleges Decide They Are Big Enough

In Tough Times, Some Colleges Say No to Growth 2

Jed Conklin for The Chronicle

Beck Taylor, president of Whitworth U., talks with students in the dining hall. He says he and others on the campus want to protect its small-college feel.

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Jed Conklin for The Chronicle

Beck Taylor, president of Whitworth U., talks with students in the dining hall. He says he and others on the campus want to protect its small-college feel.

Last fall, after a few months in the president's seat at Whitworth University, Beck A. Taylor got a visit from a trustee who expressed some nervousness about growth at this Christian institution in Spokane, Wash. Whitworth had grown rapidly over the past decade, from 1,550 undergraduate students in 2000-1 to 2,200 this year, and some wondered if the university was losing its intimate environment.

"When do we stop growing?" the trustee asked.

Mr. Taylor had just finished