The group, Wilson College Women, alleges the school did not gain proper approval from the board before deciding to open their undergraduate program to males.
"Rather than competing for all the students that have choices to go to more well-known schools, let's really focus on those young women that will benefit from a women's college campus and recruit them,” said Gretchen Van Ness of Wilson College Women.
Meanwhile, the college argues they need to go co-ed to keep the school financially sustainable.
"We believe that the existing charter, the 1993 charter allows for us to expand our undergraduate program,” said Brian Speer, vice president of marketing and communications at
The college also says accepting men into their undergraduate program will likely increase enrollment and ensure financial sustainability— something they say is needed. According to administrators, their undergraduate program has been under-enrolled for the past 40 years.
Meanwhile, some students say they just want more diversity.
"I think it's a good idea because it makes the campus more lively and diverse,” said
"I think it should because it gives everyone the chance to come here,” said Doug Krueger, an intern at Wilson College Fulton Farm.
But those against a co-ed campus say
A decision from the Board of Education is not expected until this fall. If the outcome of this hearing falls in favor of
Both sides are required to submit their final arguments to the Board of Education by August 1st.