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Notre Dame of Maryland University Going Co-Ed, Sparking Anger From Students

Notre Dame of Maryland University Going Co-Ed, Sparking Anger From Students

“It’s truly heartbreaking. We feel incredibly disrespected.”

The school is doing this because they are having enrollment issues.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

A Women’s College Goes Coed, and ‘Chaos Ensues’

One hundred and twenty-five years after its founding as the first Catholic university in the U.S. to grant four-year degrees to women, Notre Dame of Maryland University is going coed—much to the chagrin of many students and alumnae.

The only remaining women’s college in Maryland announced last Tuesday that it will begin enrolling undergraduate men in fall 2023. The decision was made at the recommendation of an enrollment task force assembled last year by the university’s Board of Trustees, which examined falling enrollment rates at women’s colleges across the country. NDMU’s own undergraduate enrollment has fallen significantly in recent years, from 1,169 in fall 2014 to 807 in fall 2021.

“The Board recognized that in order for NDMU to flourish for years to come, we needed to expand our mission,” Board of Trustees chair Patricia McLaughlin wrote in a statement.

Many current students and alumnae argue that by becoming a coeducational institution, the university is not expanding its mission but abandoning it. Each one who spoke to Inside Higher Ed said the shift would fundamentally alter the NDMU experience and that they were blindsided by the decision, which was made behind closed doors. (Note: This paragraph has been updated to include a link to NDMU’s stated mission. This article has been updated from an earlier version to correct several errors of fact and interpretation.)

“The decision was made entirely by the Board of Trustees, with no input from students, staff, faculty, or alumni,” said Alex Malinowski, a current senior at NDMU. “It’s truly heartbreaking. We feel incredibly disrespected.”


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They are in financial trouble, that’s why. Co-ed insures more applicants.

    healthguyfsu in reply to healthguyfsu. | September 21, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    *ensure…can’t find proper form usage today I guess.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to healthguyfsu. | September 21, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    co-ed also makes it one university choice of thousands; nothing to distinguish it. As a women’s college, it drew a number of applicants on that alone.

    I found out my alma mater was going co-ed from the Paul Harvey show as I pulled into the parking lot at Costco. If I had been a minute earlier, I would have missed the announcement.

    I wish more girls knew how truly empowering a single sex education can be.

    going co-ed also allows them to admit men who think they are women without the troublesome -ist accusations.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Morning Sunshine. | September 22, 2022 at 12:45 pm

      In an ideal world, it wouldn’t be the best move. They are just looking to survive though, and they probably have some data indicating that opening up to 50% of the state and national applicant pool will more than offset those niche losses.

The Gentle Grizzly | September 21, 2022 at 6:05 pm

Any bets on when the first title 9 complaints will be filed after it goes co-ed?

Ladies, shut up and welcome your new sisters, who are just as much women as you are.

Why can’t we have “historically single gender universities” anymore?

I think it started when the left corrupted the Boy Scouts…..