Women's Colleges Try New Strategies for Success

In search of revenue, they welcome adults. Some even succeed without men.

Matt Roth for The Chronicle

Brinita Ricks, a student in Wilson College's Women With Children program, hugs her 5-year-old son, Troy, and Bella Smith in the college's dining hall.
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Brinita Ricks, a Wilson College senior, is in many ways exactly the kind of student that women's liberal-arts colleges have always said they exist to serve. She's majoring in math and computing—disciplines that men have traditionally...

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