I have a warm place in my heart for Birmingham Southern College: it's a notable feeder to the University of Alabama School of Law and several of its grads were particularly impressive students of mine at Bama. For those of you who've never heard of it - and I trust that includes most readers - BSC is a small liberal arts school located in the urban core of Alabama's largest city. And now it's a school in crisis. Over the past couple of weeks, the College was forced to lay off 29 faculty members and 51 staffers. Why? Amazingly enough, the school discovered that for years it had been adding Pell Grants to student financial aid packages, rather than subtracting them. This whopper put them millions in the hole. That's just sad.
And here's an irony: just this week the Chronicle of Higher Ed named BSC as one of the very best academic employers in America.