Here's my thinking so far about the move.
If alums have any interest in working over seas, some countries (now including Korea) require sealed official transcripts mailed by the college in order to grant a foreign worker a visa to work in the country. Not sure how many other countries require this but Korea is not alone. But any job or school requiring this (sealed and mailed by the college) would in the future be off limits to Shimer alum. For this issue, the survival of the school is essential.
The date. I understand that the school must decide within 1 month whether or not to move. This gives me the impression that ITT wants rent not partners. Why such short notice and such a quick deadline. That by itself would make me work against the move.
The Shimer as we know it. Shimer is for the Waukegan alum an isolated distopia of mental rigors and emotional catharsis which seems hard to preserve in the midst of another larger and not particularly separate university. Simply having the proximity of such a large number of "others" would completely destroy the sense of isolated safety in which many Shimer students thrived for 4,5,8 years.
My guess is that the real problem with numbers is the isolation within Waukegan. And Marketing/recruiting practices. Shimer as a school has or had little interaction with Waukeganites or Chicagoans (little local recruitment, community interaction, community programs etc). A lot of people are only vaguely aware that it is there.
Marketing is expensive, but it seems that Shimer has no real marketing scheme or identity aside from hit or miss instances. And no market research. How do they find anybody? It seems to me random. What is the school’s target audience and do they make any effort to find them? How hard could it be to find 40 people? Fine, it's a strange thing to sell but whom are they selling to?
If the problem really is numbers, are there enough dedicated alums who could figure out a market or marketing for the school? It seems that the alumni may be the best people to explain and "sell" the school to others. We seem as a whole to have been "converted" to the school and most of us probably evangelize the methods, etc., given the chance.
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