Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, wrote about the importance of women's colleges in the Huffington Post:
Women's colleges have long served as gateways for educational and economic opportunity for women, and have been a voice for women's education worldwide. We were all founded because women were once radically excluded from educational opportunities. While coeducation opened opportunities to many women, others remained on the margins because of their life circumstances. So long as some women remain on the margins, women's colleges will be relevant and necessary.
The question is not whether such institutions should continue, but how and in what form. Women's colleges—or any other colleges, for that matter—that only exist as museums to nostalgia and history will and should fail. Successful women's colleges—like successful businesses everywhere—are those that understand and are able to adapt programs and services for each rising generation.