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1. Suspension

On June 12th, 2007, the Antioch University Board of Trustees announced that it had voted to suspend operations at historic Antioch College, effective after the upcoming school year. The news made national headlines, and shocked many of the school’s alumni and allies who had no idea the situation was so dire. How had such an old, well-known institution been forced to shut its doors? Attempting to answer that question leads to a story of institutional failure and betrayal, an object lesson in how not to run an organization, and a microcosm of the issues facing higher education.

Almost immediately after the announcement, an alumni movement sprang up to prevent the closure.1 This too, prompted questions: Why did people care so much about this one, tiny liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio? What made the Antioch story so compelling?

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