Source: Mills College. It has announced that it will soon no longer grant degrees and will change into an institute. This is a major shame, as its music department has been a strong supporter of the avant garde over the years. Current faculty include Tomeka Reid, Zeena Parkins, William Winant, and James Fei. Former faculty include Fred Frith and Anthony Braxton.
While Mills’ role as a degree-granting college will end, its mission will endure. Mills intends to continue to foster women’s leadership and student success, advance gender and racial equity, and cultivate innovative pedagogy, research, and critical thinking by creating a Mills Institute housed here on campus. Over the next few months, Mills faculty, trustees, staff, students, alumnae, and other stakeholders across our community will consider potential structures and programming for a Mills Institute. We will provide regular updates as the design of the Mills Institute evolves. At the same time, Mills is pursuing promising discussions with other academic institutions to continue the College’s mission. We also will keep you informed about those discussions.