Was Marlboro’s fate not already determined by its alumni?

I read this Viewpoint by Amy Domrad Tudor with interest.

She related her experience at Marlboro College, assessed the current situation, and lamented that alumni had not been informed of the situation. Her response is to let alumni make the decision as to what the end result will be.

But didn't alumni already make that decision?

According to the US News & World Report Best Colleges 2017, the alumni donation rate for Marlboro was 25 percent. This means that 75 percent of alumni made no donations to the college.

I'm guessing in 2017 most of this situation was maturing to the stage it recently reached.

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