Category Archives: Antioch

June 20, 2007, 12:57 pm

RIP: Antioch College

There is no rule that a college or a university has to last forever, but I find the closing of Antioch College a little sad. Signs indicate that the expansion to a university with satellite campuses that will survive the closing of the original residential college may have been overambitious, which only makes the loss of this radical educational vision even worse, in my view. A liberal arts college will disappear leaving a cash-driven degree mill in its wake. Antioch alum Cary Nelson (the other Tenured Radical) has this post at Inside Higher Ed, and there are a variety of comments attached to it, many of which seem to be saying “good riddance to bad rubbish.”

The view that Antioch’s time had passed seems to follow two strains of thought. One is that Antioch’s radicalism and out-of-the-box educational philosophy was so retro, noxious and impractical that its loss should be celebrated. …

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