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Washington and Lee is experiencing an identity crisis as administrators, faculty, students and their parents pull in different directions. Is the university a liberal arts institution? Or is it a business school with liberal arts on the side? The university's trustees have approved a strategic plan that aims to address many of the issues that have dogged the school for years, especially diversity and inclusion of students and faculty of color who often don't feel at home at W&L.
Washington and Lee University is at a pivotal point in its history, facing demands to diversify a student body that is 83 percent white. Students, faculty and administrators readily admit that W&L, widely viewed as one of the best liberal arts universities, could become even better if it recruits and retains more students of color.
Framed by the Chesapeake Bay to its right and the Blue Ridge Mountains to its left, Virginia's location at the foot of the Mid-Atlantic region makes it a popular passage for travelers driving up and down the Atlantic Coast. But the state's natural features contribute to a distinctive climate and terrain along Interstate 81 that can test even the best driver's abilities.
Washington and Lee, a private liberal arts university known for its student-run Honor System, decided to bring third-year students back to live on campus. When it was built, a new $41 million housing complex was expected to change a tradition of juniors living in off-campus houses in the countryside of rural Rockbridge County. It also was expected to shake up the local housing market that reaped $3.2 million in a year in student rent from 112 houses.