Capella University-Dr. Elena Kays
October 21, 2013
The Dana Hall School was founded in 1881 by Henry Durant, with whom he and a friend, Charles Dana, allocated resources to construct. As an All-Girl’s school, they initially began as a boarding only school for girls in grades 10-12. Unfortunately, despite a plateau and then decrease in registration, the organization now must face a decision based on three options:
Continue to operate a failed model until they run out of land to sell.
Invite boys to apply and make the school coeducational.
Find a way to get the existing model to work better. (McFarlan, 2007)
Specifically, the dialog below is provided to reach the following objectives:
Identify the academic and social values that undergird the history and mission of the institution
Identify the deep seated values brought into conflict in …show more content…
I realize that it is opposite of the manner in which this school had begun, but it seems as though we have little choice. We already have a faculty unit that is looking to form a union due to the budget crisis, we should probably consider coming back to them with a better long-term plan in place.
Wiliam McMurtrie: How could we eliminate the key to our original mission- An All-Girl’s School?
Elaine Betts: I do understand the culture and history, but we need to consider what is best for the big picture of the school-its legacy. What about raising endowments and completing more fundraising activities?
William McMurtrie: Elaine, I’ve really been doing a great deal of research on this issue and Dana Hall already has a Higher Endowment than the average school by $19 Million Dollars (Dana, 2013)-I doubt we’d get any further monies.
Elaine Betts: What about converting to a co-educational environment? We might even be able to offer a trial of co-ed