Colleges & Universities

The women of the troubled Sweet Briar College say the institution is capable of sustaining itself—and all it needs is a second chance. They're hoping that chance comes in the form of a ruling from the state's highest court to grant an injunction and allow the college to stay open while school administrators sort out legal and financial matters.

The fight to save Sweet Briar College goes to the Virginia Supreme Court tomorrow morning.

The entire high court will hear oral arguments in the lawsuit brought by Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer.  School officials say they’re closing the doors in August because of financial problems.  But Watchdog.org has found the college was in worse financial shape about a dozen years ago.  Kenric Ward is a writer for the conservative website’s Virginia bureau.

Over the last several years, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Intermont, and Saint Paul's College have announced that they were closing—and now state officials are engaging in a broad discussion about what recourse families have when that happens.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Director Peter Blake says before a college closes, two important functions must be carried out. The first directly helps students.

After five difficult years, observers were not sure if Teresa Sullivan would continue as president of the University of Virginia, but the first woman to hold that job received a near-unanimous vote of support this week.

From the outset, 65-year-old Teresa Sullivan had said she did not want to serve another five-year term.

It’s been a month since 20-year-old Grace Mann was murdered in her Fredericksburg home.  The University of Mary Washington student had been active with a group called Feminists United, which had been the target of threatening posts online.  Now, a national group has filed a complaint with the federal government – charging the school did too little to protect women on campus. 

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