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Rest in Peace: College Closings

MinnesotaDadof3MinnesotaDadof3 Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
edited February 9 in Parents Forum
The upcoming June 1, 2017, closing of St. Joseph's College in Rensselear, Ind., raises in my mind the value of a separate discussion site for discussion about the shutdown of struggling colleges and universities. Maybe the CC community could share details known to them about the affected institutions, and perhaps we could engage in a discussion about the broad issues impacting struggling colleges and universities. Let this also serve as the OBITUARY PAGE for these entities, so their passing is properly noted in one central discussion location.

The 02/07/17 Wall Street Journal reported the 904-student St. Joseph's is a private, Roman Catholic College founded in 1891. https://www.wsj.com/articles/st-josephs-college-in-indiana-latest-small-college-to-close-its-doors-1486410556

Also see the following from Inside Indiana Business:
http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/34436948/saint-josephs-president-details-whats-next

If Moody's Investors Service is correct in predicting that as many as 15 small private colleges annually are expected to close, this discussion topic should generate plenty to talk about and to share.


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  • simba9simba9 Registered User Posts: 2,617 Senior Member
    edited February 8
    A prediction is one thing, but do enough schools actually close to warrant a separate discussion site on CC?
  • Sam-I-AmSam-I-Am Registered User Posts: 432 Member
    Sweet Briar College for girls was going to close until lawsuits were brought. Some of the prior gifts to the college were restricted for educational use which made it difficult to close the school once the attorney general got involved. Then the alumni giving increased and it looks like the school is in the process of making a full recovery, complete with an increased advertising campaign.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/07/12/a-year-after-sweet-briar-was-saved-from-closing-school-leaders-celebrate-fundraising-growth/?utm_term=.d94ff1a47b23
  • HRSMomHRSMom Registered User Posts: 4,188 Senior Member
    edited February 8
    are we looking for a new section on CC, or just this thread? If it gets traction it can be stickied at the top.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 819 Member
    Well there's Burlington College in VT and Pine Manor in MA which seems to be perpetually in trouble for low enrollment.
  • hebegebehebegebe Registered User Posts: 1,737 Senior Member
    I thought you meant Bennington (another college in Vermont), rather than Burlington, as I had never heard for Burlington College, but always heard about Bennington being in financial trouble. I wouldn't be surprised if Bennington closed soon.

    Looking up Burlington College, Wikipedia states they closed last May. Interestingly, the same article states that:
    In August 2011, The Daily Beast and Newsweek ranked Burlington College as the #1 School in the United States for Free-Spirited Students.

    So, given that, the closing is not a surprise.

  • colfac92colfac92 Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    FWIW, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges -- the accrediting body for colleges and universities in the northeast -- maintains a list of colleges in its service area that have closed, lost accreditation, or merged with another institution: https://cihe.neasc.org/information-public/merged-closed-or-previously-accredited-institutions
  • sryrstresssryrstress Registered User Posts: 2,322 Senior Member
    St. Joseph's is roughly an hour from me. It is sad; beautiful campus and I've known several grads who loved it there. Small colleges/their finances were briefly considered in D'15's college search.

    I really feel for the current students who will be displaced. Purdue has said they will waive application fees and carefully consider transfer credits. I have also read Saint Francis in Fort Wayne and Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame are seeking to help students in transferring.
  • NJProParentNJProParent Registered User Posts: 238 Junior Member
    The contraction in the legal market over the last several years has collapsed enrollment at most law schools, with an over supply of law schools spitting out graduates who find fewer jobs available. Many law schools are losing money and downsizing faculty and staff. While only a handful of law schools have closed so far, nearly all schools have suffered lower enrollments (perhaps with the exception of the top prestige schools). Expect to see more close in the near future.
  • stlarenasstlarenas Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    A good friend a work has a 2016 D that was a D2 volleyball recruit. Her college search was extremely difficult as playing volleyball was a priority for this kid. She got a spot with some $ at St Josephs College in IN and is having an amazing first year. Loves the volleyball, her friends, the teachers, classes, everything. My friend and her daughter are very stressed out right now. Neither of them can fathom having to scramble to find somewhere to go next year where they can afford and she can still play VB. What a stressful and scary situation to be in.
  • ThankYouforHelpThankYouforHelp Registered User Posts: 1,215 Senior Member
    They should close as many as half of the law schools. The current oversupply is ridiculous. Private universities opened more and more of them for decades because they were profitable and gave their school a sheen of prestige (how can you be a real university if you don't have a law school?) State politicians from second tier state schools would pass bills to open law schools at their alma mater so that it would catch up to the state flagship. No effort was made to assess need, or job opportunities or anything.

    As a result, law degrees have become career dead ends and student debt mountains for hundreds of thousands of graduates who would have been better served by studying something else.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,031 Senior Member
    https://www.lstreports.com/national/ shows employment outcomes for law school graduates.
  • MinnesotaDadof3MinnesotaDadof3 Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    Keeping with the theme of institutional closings and the current law school thread, it is worth noting that Hamline University's law school in St. Paul merged last year with William Mitchell College of Law, reducing by one the number of existing law schools.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 13,537 Senior Member
    edited February 10
    Dowling College closed last year with very little notice. Many of the schools near it accepted the students and tried to match financial aid. The women's lax team, including the coach, are now the new lax team at NYIT. Even the recruits decided to stay with the coach/team and enroll at NYIT.

    Your friend's daughter might find another school with a volleyball program.

    The twin cities had 3 law schools for a long time. Several years ago, a fourth was added (St. Thomas). Now they are back to 3.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 13,537 Senior Member
    ^^The need might be there, but is the money to pay those lawyers?
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