Education: Dollars, Scholars and Gender

Must women's colleges like Mills either go coed or go under?

The earthquake that rattled the San Francisco Bay Area last fall caused $7 million worth of damage at Mills College, a 138-year-old women's school in Oakland. But the tremors set off by the college's decision to boost revenue by accepting men have shaken Mills' foundations more severely than any natural disaster.

Last week students, many sporting yellow armbands and BETTER DEAD THAN COED T shirts, continued to boycott classes and blockade buildings. The faculty (51% women, 49% men) volunteered to recruit more female students and teach more courses at no extra cost if the trustees would permit Mills to remain an...

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