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Wilson College's coed move jars some alumnae

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Jan 15, 2013 4:01 AM

(Undated) -- Some alumnae of a Franklin County college are reeling after the school's recent decision to go co-ed.

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The school's Board of Trustees recently voted to begin admitting males as commuter students this fall and allow males to live on-campus in the fall of 2014.

Samantha Ainuddin graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg in 1994 and says she wants to believe the school will remain committed to providing women-focused education. But she's not sure how realistic it is. "A lot of alums' reaction to that is, 'How are you going to manage to do that as faculty retire?' And then you have new faculty coming in. They're not going to know what that whole Wilson experience is."

Wilson President Barbara Mistick says in tough economic times, the college needed to find a way to broaden its market. "There's a very small number of high school seniors that are young women that will really consider a women's college. So, what we found is that we really had a much smaller market that we could appeal to."

The college currently has about 700 students and has run a budget deficit for three of the last four years.

The Board of Trustees has also voted to create a student loan buyback program, add new academic programs, and improve infrastructure to help boost its finances.

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