The Oberlin Review

Arabic Transition Offers Opportunity to Model Creative Collaboration

Editorial Board

March 8, 2019

The recent decision to transition intermediate and advanced Arabic courses to a digital classroom platform known as the Shared Languages Program (covered in-depth in this week’s Review, “Arabic Courses to Be Offered Digitally”) has highlighted two truths about Oberlin’s current campus climate. The first, which has been obvious for quite some time, is that the time to make difficult decisions is here. Oberlin’s finances are at a point where, if action is not taken now, the institution will struggle to keep its doors open down the road. The second is that College administrators and students are getting better at coming together and discussing in good faith what those decisions are, and how they should be add...

Frandsen: College’s Financial Trajectory Unsustainable

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

November 18, 2016

The College’s financial situation is unsustainable without substantive cuts, administrators say, and by filling out a survey, College community members will help decide where those cuts will fall. Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Frandsen said in a research management meeting last Friday that Oberlin’s current financial model is unsustainable, and would leave the College with an increasing deficit in the coming years if the financial system stayed the same. Frandsen’s reports showed a projected deficit of $3.1 million in 2017 that then increases to $5.7 million by 2021. The Resource Management Working Group, an implementation committee for the 2016–2021 Strategic Plan, sent out a survey...

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