Small, private, liberal arts colleges across the nation face an increasingly uncertain future as costs continue to rise and competition from expanding public schools intensifies. Meanwhile, there is pressure--witness the recommendations of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education--to establish two-year community colleges in areas not now served by such institutions. A solution to both problems may have been found in Ohio, where the newly formed Rio Grande Community College District proposes to contract with Rio Grande College, a private four-year college, to operate the community college program. If the plans are approved, the four-county community college district stands to avoid the heavy capital expenditures normally involved in setting up a community college and little Rio Grande College gains an assured future.
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