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June 10, 2015

Va. Court Blocks Controversial Closure of Private College

The Supreme Court of Virginia has put a temporarily hold on plans to shutter Sweet Briar College, buoying students and alumni who have rallied to keep the 114-year-old women's school open, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The president of the western Virginia college announced the closure in March, saying the institution faced "insurmountable financial challenges."

The state's highest court extended an injunction Tuesday that blocks Sweet Briar officials from actions to facilitate the shutdown and sent the case back to a lower court to assess issues raised by the opponents, who are seeking an outside review of the college's finances. A nonprofit called Saving Sweet Briar, which was launched after the closure announcement, says it has raised $16 million to help save the college, one of only a few dozen remaining women's liberal-arts institutions in the country.