Women's College Considers Going Co-Ed

Women's College Considers Going Co-Ed

There are 12 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from May 19, 2008, titled Women's College Considers Going Co-Ed. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

Officials at Rosemont College, a Roman Catholic school for women, are debating whether to admit men to the financially strapped institution, which has seen enrollment drop by more than 18 percent.

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Mick

Somerset, NJ

#1 May 19, 2008
If Rosemont cannot communicate/sell its value proposition to potential students, then it should fail. Let the free market decide. If the market doesn't want what you're selling...you fail. Move on.
PUMA

United States

#2 May 19, 2008
Mick wrote:
If Rosemont cannot communicate/sell its value proposition to potential students, then it should fail. Let the free market decide. If the market doesn't want what you're selling...you fail. Move on.
LOL...agreed
Glen Quagmire

Midlothian, VA

#4 May 19, 2008
Giggidy Giggidy
Elly Kline

Feasterville Trevose, PA

#6 May 19, 2008
With the world as it is, with women needing to be competitive with men in the marketplace, it is essential that both sexes share education in every sense of the word.
Dude

Virginia Beach, VA

#7 May 19, 2008
Never saw anyone from Rosemont worth a darn.
Peter

Wilmington, DE

#8 May 19, 2008
Glen Quagmire wrote:
Giggidy Giggidy
Alllll right!
Sumbunny

United States

#9 May 19, 2008
Rosemont College was a decent school back in the Sixties. It has seen a steady decline over the years. When they started admitting loads of girls who were unprepared for the college. If they didn't accept these girls they could not fill enough seats to pay the teachers. Most of the really good teachers got tired of trying to teach college level classes to girls who were in dire need of remedial work. Just take a look at the demographics of the current class. It says it all.
Disgusted in Thorndale

United States

#10 May 19, 2008
Harcum and Rosemont colleges should just move to the inner city-then the students wouldn't have to take the train.
Natalie M

Mullica Hill, NJ

#11 May 20, 2008
Dude wrote:
Never saw anyone from Rosemont worth a darn.
"Dude"--your ignorant comment shows how utterly delightful it must be to know you.

As for the comment about women needing to be educated with men, this is also ill informed. Women who attend women's colleges are not the sheltered people you may imagine. Instead, they are women who have benefitted from being valued as individuals for 4 years rather than having to compete with overbearing men, and who come out on the other side with a firm sense of their own value, greater levels of self-esteem, and a better overall education. Statistics show that women who attended women's colleges hold more leadership positions in the workforce and report greater college satisfaction. As I see it, that is hardly a failure, but a great benefit.
Bridget C

Whitehall, PA

#12 May 21, 2008
I am a Rosemont College student.
Rosemont College's move to welcome men into the undergraduate women's college grieves me.
I consider it a sell-out, an accession to the pecuniary demands of a bloated consumer society. The college is submitting to a cultural misunderstanding of women's colleges, one that is present in most of the posts above.

Less than a century since American women were admitted into full citizenship and men's colleges, there are now fewer women than ever who even consider a single sex institution for higher education. This is a serious error on their part.

Ingrained misconceptions of single sex education, NOT the demographics of current students, caused decreased enrollment.

Misperceptions are pervasive, including the idea that there would be more "drama" with all women, or fewer opportunities to meet guys. In truth, there is no less and no more drama in a single sex environment. Likewise, there are no fewer or greater opportunities to meet guys. Conflict is not a gender specific concept. Neither is a "life" contingent on the gender proportions of one's college.

Neither does an all women's college breed manhaters, feminazis or lesbians. Emphasizing women's development and education has nothing to do with "making it in a man's world," or learning how to "be competitive in a male dominated society," as I've heard too many ignorant people suggest.

Rather, a woman centered educational institution such as Rosemont emphasizes each student's individual potential, develops her natural talents, teaches skills, forms thought and assists each woman to know herself.

I believe that is the goal for any higher education.

The main difference at a single sex institution is that the students learn and develop in classes without men and live in residence halls without men.

For many college students, the opposite sex can be distracting in class.
At a single sex institution, the students do not confuse the classroom with a social environment. When girls go to Rosemont classes, they go without makeup, in their hoodies. They remember to bring their assignments. In class, Rosemont students provoke discussion to enliven the class, rather than flirting with the cutie in the corner when the lecture bores them.

I go to class to learn. Later, I go out to have fun. At a single sex college, there is a sharp distinction between work and play.

The same distinction exists in the workforce. It is inappropriate to mix one's social life with one's work life. Employees are discouraged, frequently forbidden, to date other employees. My classmates and I share and advantage over students at co-ed schools. We will have developed the ability to separate work and play.

Rather than stultifying my social abilities with the opposite sex, an all women's college has developed in me an ability to connect with another person despite far deeper differences. Relating to my classmates, I learned that there is great diversity within a single gender. Getting to know people dissimilar from me yet who share an essential similarity aids me in understanding people with whom I find little or nothing in common.

I would love to address the specific issues that the previous comments raised.

However, I hope that I have opened some minds with my perspective.

As a Rosemont student and as a soon-to-be women's college graduate, I am happy with the education and experience I have earned and I have great hopes for Rosemont's future and for the future of the remaining women's colleges in the US.
Ziggy

Philadelphia, PA

#13 May 21, 2008
Hey Bridget C, after the men come and bail out your school, you'll be able to send your daughter there later. no thank you necessary.
Katie Dailey

Bronx, NY

#14 May 31, 2008
As a 2001 graduate of Rosemont College, I can assure you that RC continues to be an excellent college. When I entered RC in the fall of 1997, I was surrounded by some of the brightest and most determined young women I've ever met. Many of them went on to medical school or to pursue graduate degrees at the Penn. Every year, at least 3 of our graduates went onto medical school, which is a very strong indication of not only the caliber of our students, but of our undergraduate programs as well. While RC admits many overachievers, it also admits young women who have not been properly prepared for college; however, it was Cornelia Connelly's mission -- and the mission of RC, which provides a Cornelia Connelly education -- to provide education for everyone, particularly those who have been overlooked in their previous schools. I know because I was one of those bright young women who was continually overlooked in my high school, due to my introverted nature. RC provided opportunity after opportunity for me to speak my mind, assume leadership positions and overcome my shyness. To this day, RC still offers me opportunities for leadership as I am a member of the Alumni Board of Directors and the chair of the Community Service Committee.
During my 4 years at RC, I took several classes at Villanova and Eastern and I also participated in two study abroad programs (one in London and one in Siena, Italy). I don't mean to disparage other schools, but none of the classes I took at these schools were anywhere near as challenging or as interesting as my classes at Rosemont. Only three of my classes at Rosemont were lecture-style, the rest were seminar style, meaning that we had to come to class prepared to discuss the material in an intellectual manner. Even if you didn't raise your hand to offer your opinion, chances were very good that your professor would volunteer you to share your insight.
While on study abroad in London during my junior year, I took 20th Century British Literature and was the only young woman in the class to continually voice my analysis. The other young women (who attended co-ed universities) rarely spoke up in class. I was also the only student in the class, which was comprised of junior and senior English majors, to understand Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse." I had not covered either of these novels at Rosemont, but my English professors at Rosemont had provided me with such a strong analytical background that I easily understood these difficult novels.
Today, I am a struggling actor in New York City and I also work in medical communications. My education at Rosemont College has provided me with the voice I need to stand up for myself in one of the toughest industries in the toughest city in the United States. Rosemont also helped to instill in me a very strong work ethic, since it demanded that students complete assignments by the due date, attend classes regularly and arrive on time, which employers find very valuable. Most importantly, Rosemont enriched my life with its liberal arts curriculum and its diverse student body. It was wonderful to meet and become friends with young women of all races and ethnicities and not suffer through racial tension. I think the alumnae of the Undergraduate Women's College agree that Rosemont is a very special place: it's a beautiful campus where no one cares what you look like because what you think and what you want to become are infinitely more important.
Too many young women do themselves a disservice to not consider single-sex education. Then again, most students attend college today for the sake of a giant party rather than to gain a solid education. I hope that in becoming co-educational that Rosemont still remains a very special place where academics are a priority and young women can still flourish.

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