Navigating Change: The Podcast from Teibel Education

The Hardest Conversations—Ongoing Lessons from Sweet Briar College

Episode Summary

The board’s announcement that 2014-15 will be the last academic year for Sweet Briar College has given our field much to process. Each constituent audience — from administrators, to the board, to faculty and students, to staff and community — has been struggling, in some cases quite publicly, with a world in which their institution no longer exists. And now, as this closure moves into the courts, even more questions arise around the question of legality in this closure. It’s a complex scenario, but one which opens the doors to hard questions all institutions should be asking as they work to adjust to this new normal.

Episode Notes

The board’s announcement that 2014-15 will be the last academic year for Sweet Briar College has given our field much to process. Each constituent audience — from administrators, to the board, to faculty and students, to staff and community — has been struggling, in some cases quite publicly, with a world in which their institution no longer exists. And now, as this closure moves into the courts, even more questions arise around the question of legality in this closure. It’s a complex scenario, but one which opens the doors to hard questions all institutions should be asking as they work to adjust to this new normal.