The economic woes are not only affecting the financial, mortgage, and US automobile industries, but also higher education as well. Independent colleges are struggling to stay afloat–especially, the 157-year-old Antioch College, which Forbes reports to be a sign of the coming times:

In June, 157-year-old Antioch College decided to “suspend operations” at its flagship campus despite a push from alumni to rescue the flailing institution. At that point, only 60 students were enrolled, and their $40,000 per year tuition was being heavily subsidized by Antioch’s five newer campuses.

Antioch Chancellor Toni Murdock said the plug had to be pulled. “It was a downward spiral where fewer students led to fewer professors, and eventually the deficit was projected to be so large that the other schools no longer wanted to subsidize their mother school.”

They may soon have company. Home builders and banks aren’t the only ones facing economic headwinds these days. America’s undercapitalized independent colleges are staring at a spiral of major threats to solvency as penny-pinching students and parents consider cheaper options, and funding sources dry up. As a result, they could be the next bubble industry to pop.

[read the rest of the Forbes article]