Thursday, March 16, 2006

Another One Bites The Dust

Newcomb College will be closing its doors effective July 1. According to the Times-Picayune.

Newcomb College will cease to exist July 1, but a report to be presented today to Tulane University's governing body calls for keeping the Newcomb name alive, as well as the programs that the 120-year-old college has devised for enhancing the education of undergraduate women.

The elimination of Newcomb, the nation's oldest degree-granting college for women within an established university, has touched off protests on campus, as well as petition drives and indignant e-mails from alumnae across the country. The change is part of Tulane President Scott Cowen's strategy of layoffs, cuts and departmental consolidations to restructure the university, which sustained about $150 million in Hurricane Katrina-related property damage to its Uptown and downtown campuses and lost about $153 million in tuition and other income because Tulane was closed from late August until mid-January.
I'm not that familiar with Newcomb College but I'm sure its demise will not have as negative affect on New Orleans as the closing of Tulane or UNO would however the closing of any institution of higher learning is always sad to see. On the bright side, Newcomb's closing will probably put Tulane in a better situation financially.

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