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Inside Philanthropy spoke to ACTA concerning the role of philanthropy in financing alternative college such as Hampshire College, which does not use grades or require majors. Alternative colleges have been under financial constraints and many have closed in recent years, as students seek colleges that offer stronger credentials for the job market. ACTA president Michael Poliakoff stressed that these colleges need to broadcast success in order to access financing. “How can you make the case... that this is a public good? [Small American liberal arts colleges] are coming up against places like Purdue, where [university president] Mitch Daniels can say we have gotten rid of grade inflation, frozen tuition, and expanded access. It’s hard to compete with that.”
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