Education: Closing Colleges

Briarcliff & Bennett go into bankruptcy

Last April Briarcliff College—a small, private and long financially troubled women's college near White Plains, N.Y. —sold its 55-acre campus out from under some 300 students. But rather than die outright or be absorbed by burgeoning Pace University, which had bought the facility for its nearby Westchester campus, homeless Briarcliff proposed a desperate sort of scholastic piggyback. It hoped to share its remaining faculty and students with yet another small, private and financially strapped women's college: Bennett, a two-year junior college with 230 students. Under the tentative plan, Briarcliff would attract many of its undergraduates...

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