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Rest in Peace: College Closings

MinnesotaDadof3MinnesotaDadof3 352 replies21 threadsRegistered User Member
edited February 2017 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 3263 replies20 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    A prediction is one thing, but do enough schools actually close to warrant a separate discussion site on CC?
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  • Sam-I-AmSam-I-Am 587 replies22 threadsRegistered User 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
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  • HRSMomHRSMom 4605 replies50 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    are we looking for a new section on CC, or just this thread? If it gets traction it can be stickied at the top.
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1636 replies10 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Well there's Burlington College in VT and Pine Manor in MA which seems to be perpetually in trouble for low enrollment.
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  • colfac92colfac92 374 replies6 threadsRegistered User 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
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  • NJProParentNJProParent 226 replies12 threadsRegistered User 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.
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  • stlarenasstlarenas 358 replies3 threadsRegistered User 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.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78219 replies689 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    https://www.lstreports.com/national/ shows employment outcomes for law school graduates.
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  • MinnesotaDadof3MinnesotaDadof3 352 replies21 threadsRegistered User 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.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22957 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    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.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22957 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^^The need might be there, but is the money to pay those lawyers?
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  • artie1artie1 286 replies109 threadsRegistered User Member
    S is going to a smaller private college (about 1600) and D is looking at 3 different smaller colleges around the same size so this is concerning. Is there a site to go to in order to check the financial stability of schools? Hopefully one you don't have to subscribe to and that doesn't require your email address so you are hit with a million marketing emails?
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  • cobratcobrat 12207 replies78 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I dunno. I see some job creation happening for lawyers over the past weeks and going forward, especially those versed in constitutional law.

    If you're talking high profile non-profits like the ACLU, this trend will only benefit the tiny portion of law students/recent graduates who attended top-14 law schools AND graduated at least in the top quarter of their class or those who graduated within the top 5% or less in lower tiered law schools.

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  • doschicosdoschicos 21106 replies219 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    A rising tide lifts all boats. :) But, of course, top grads will do better as is often the case in all things.
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