New President Appointed at Minnesota
The Board of Regents at Minnesota has named Joan T.A. Gabel as the University’s 17th President. Gabel currently serves as VP for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina. Gabel will become the 17th and first female president in the university’s 167-year history.
Crafton Hills College Names Next President
Dr. Kevin Horan has been announced as the next president at Crafton Hills College in California. Dr. Horan is currently VP for instruction and student services at Los Medanos College. He will begin his new tenure on January 7th, 2019.
East Mississippi CC Selects New President
Dr. Scott Alsobrooks has been selected to become the next president at East Mississippi Community College. Alsobrooks currently serves as vice president at Pearl River Community College. He will begin as president in January.
14th President Selected at Eastern Nazarene
The Board of Trustees at Eastern Nazarene as announced a new president in Rev. Dr. Jack Connell. Dr. Connell Currently serves as provost and dean of faculty at Houghton College in New York. He will become the institute’s 14th president this January.
Permanent Chancellor Announced at Elizabeth City State
Dr. Karrie G. Dixon has been named interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University. Dr. Dixon has served as the institute’s interim chancellor since April of 2018. She began her permanent tenure this December.
Haverford College Reps New President
Dr. Wendy Raymond has been selected to become Haverford College’s 16th president. She currently serves as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Davidson College. She will begin her tenure on July 1st, 2019.
Rush University Appoints Next President
Dr. Sherine Gabriel has been named Rush University’s next president. She will succeed Dr. Larry Goodman become the school’s 4th president this February.
Temple College Appoints Next President
Trustees at Temple College have announced that Dr. Christina Ponce will become the school’s next president. Dr. Ponce replaces Glenda Barron, who retired on Dec. 31st. She became the school’s 11th president on January 2nd.
Central Missouri Makes Position Permanent
Roger Best has been appointed permanent president of Central Missouri. Best has served as interim chief operating officer since January of last year. Dr. Best will become the schools 16th president immediately.
University of Rochester Appoints New President
Current Provost at Wisconsin, Sarah Mangelsdorf, has been named the next president of the University of Rochester. Mangelsdorf succeeds Richard Feldman this February.
Wagner College Announces New President
Trustees at Wagner College have announced that Dr. Joel W. Martin will become the institution’s 19th president. Martin previously served as provost and dean of the faculty at Franklin and Marshall College. He will begin his post on July 1st.
Weber State Names 13th President
Regents for the state of Utah have picked Brad Mortensen to become the new president of Weber State University. Mortensen has served Weber state as VP for advancement for past 11 years. Mortensen will replace Norm Tarbox at the helm.
Rappahannock CC President to Retire
Elizabeth Crowther has announced her plans to retire as president of Rappahannock Community College. Crowther has served the school for the past fourteen years. She will officially retire in June 2019.
Maine System Chancellor to Retire
James H. Page will retire as the University of Maine System Chancellor at the end of this academic year. Page as served as chancellor for the last seven years and said, “it’s a good time.” A national search for a successor has begun.
William Jewell College President Retiring
President David Sallee has announced that he will retire in the summer of 2020. Sallee has served as the school’s 15th president since 2000. The Board plans to start a national search for a replacement immediately.
Coppin State President to Resign
Dr. Maria Thompson has announced her plans to resign at the end of the academic school year. Thompson cites health reasons and a wanting to return to her hometown as catalysts for her resignation.
University of Wisconsin Whitewater Chancellor Resigns
Chancellor Beverly Kopper has resigned from her post at UW-Whitewater. Kopper became the school’s 16th chancellor in 2010. Kopper’s husband is alleged to have sexually harassed multiple women on campus dating back to 2015.
The Department of Education will begin forgiving $150 million worth of student loan debt for those attending for-profit colleges that closed while students were still enrolled. Officials say that around 15,000 former students’ debts will be excused. The loans are being forgiven after a federal judge ruled that Education Secretary Betsy Devos was unlawfully delaying an Obama-era policy known as “borrower defense to repayment”.
Last year the Department of Education rolled back two Obama administration regulations aimed to protect students and hold for-profit colleges more accountable. One, the “borrower defense to repayment” was intended to go in place in July, and is designed to make it easier for students who said they were defrauded by their schools to get their loans potentially forgiven. The courts have ruled that Devos’ attempts to repeal the regulations are illegal. The Education Department will begin notifying former students today that it is forgiving around $150 million in student loan debt, over half of which will be cancelled for students who attended the now closed Corinthian Colleges.
College of Charleston Selects New President
Dr. Andrew Hsu has been named the next president at the College of Charleston. Hsu currently serves as provost and executive VP for academic affairs at the University of Toledo. Hsu was chosen unanimously by the board of trustees and will succeed Interim President Stephen Osborne.
New Interim President Announced for UNC School System
The UNC Board of Governors has named the CEO of UNC Health Care and dean of School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Bill Roper, to become the system’s new president. Roper takes over for Margaret Spellings, who announced her resignation in Oct, on January 1st.
Birmingham Native to Take Over at Birmingham Southern
Daniel Coleman has been appointed to the presidency of Birmingham Southern College. Coleman previously served as the CEO of KCG Holdings before its sale in 2017. He will become the school’s 16th president this December.
New President Appointed at Blackburn College
Dr. Julie Murray-Jensen has been named the next president of Blackburn college. She is currently serving as the VP of Enrollment and External Affairs at Klamath Community College in Oregon. Dr. Murray-Jensen will become the school’s 17th president on January 14th.
Interim President Made Permanent at Central Missouri
The UCM Board of Governors has named Interim President Dr. Roger Best to become the institution’s 16th permanent president. Best said, “I am extremely honored to be a part of this tremendous institutions, and I have deep appreciation for the Board of Governors and their confidence in me.”
Next President Announced at Eastern Nazarene
Rev. Jack Connell has been named the 14th president of Eastern Nazarene College. Connell previously served as provost and dean faculty at Houghton College in NY. Rev. Connell will begin his tenure this month.
Fresh Chancellor Announced at Indiana Wesleyan
Dr. Rodney Reed has been selected as the next chancellor at Indiana Wesleyan – Marion. Dr. Reed has served the past decade as dean of Christian formation and university chaplain at John Brown University. He will begin his tenure as Chancellor on February 1st.
Riverside City College Names Next President
Riverside City College has appointed Dr. Gregory Anderson to become the school’s 12th president. Anderson said, “I’m deeply grateful to the Trustees, Chancellor Isaac and the RCC team who engaged their hearts and intellect in the hiring process.” Dr. Anderson will begin as president this January.
SUNY Upstate Announces New President
Dr. Mantosh Dewan has been announced as interim president of SUNY Upstate Medical University. He replaces Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arean who is leaving this December.
Northwood University President to Retire
President of Northwood University, Keith Petty, has announced that he will retire at the end of this academic school year. Petty has served Northwood for the past 12 years and said, “Northwood University is a special place, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve this vibrant community of current and future leaders.” The university’s board has convened a presidential search committee to begin in the near future.
Mississippi President Resigns
Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter announced on Monday that he will resign from his post at this end of this calendar year. Vitter became chancellor of the school in January of 2016 after serving as provost and executive vice chancellor at Kansas. Some students were surprised to hear about Vitter’s resignation. Sophomore Zoe Thaw said, “I feel like he did a great job while he was here, and I don’t know why he would be stepping down.” Others (Conservative Donors) cite the university becoming exceptionally divided under a progressive Vitter—with his pushing to remove the flag of the state, encouraging the prohibition of playing Dixie at football, a debacle with the selection of a new mascot, and other issues which they believe is causing athletics, enrollment and public image of the school to suffer.
Centenary University President Resigns
Dr. David P. Haney has announced his resignation from Centenary University in New Jersey. Haney began his role as president on July 1st and will officially leave the school on June 30th, 2019.
Resignation Announced at Kent State
Beverly Warren, Kent State University’s 12th President, has announced that she will not extend her presidency into 2020. Warren has been leading the school since January 2014 and will step away this upcoming June.
Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter announced on Monday that he will resign from his post at this end of this calendar year. Vitter became chancellor of the school in January of 2016 after serving as provost and executive vice chancellor at Kansas. Some students were surprised to hear about Vitter’s resignation. Sophomore Zoe Thaw said, “I feel like he did a great job while he was here, and I don’t know why he would be stepping down.”
Recently, another negative spotlight on Ole Miss may have contributed to Vitter’s resignation. In September Ed Meek, a Mississippi graduate and media entrepreneur, posted a Facebook rant complaining of lower enrollment, deteriorating property values and pictures of two African American women with racial undertones. Though Chancellor Vitter immediately condemned the post, it’s apparent the controversy has something to do with Vitter stepping down. Others (Conservative Donors) cite the university becoming exceptionally divided under a progressive Vitter—with his pushing to remove the flag of the state, encouraging the prohibition of playing Dixie at football, a debacle with the selection of a new mascot, and other issues which they believe is causing athletics, enrollment and public image of the school to suffer.
Mississippi isn’t the only school that is facing major recent changes in leadership. In the past month Maryland, South Carolina, Colorado State, the Tennessee System, and South Florida all have presidents and chancellors who are either retiring or resigning. Two weeks ago, Maryland’s President Dr. Wallace D. Loh announced he will be leaving the university in June of 2019 after a college football player died during practice. Loh’s administration was found to be partially responsible for an athletic department that allowed players to be abused for years. Loh said, “I have accepted that responsibility.” Colorado State’s President Tony Frank has announced his resignation for next summer saying, “it’s now time for the next step in our university’s trajectory, and that will require the articulation of a new vision for Colorado State.”
Georgia Piedmont Appoints New President
Dr. Tavarez Holston has been approved by the Technical College System of Georgia to become Georgia Piedmont’s next president. Dr. Holston previously served as VP for academic affairs at Lanier Technical College. He replaced Dr. Jabari Simama as president on September 10th.
Shaw University President Named to Permanent Position
Interim President of Shaw University, Dr. Paulette Dillard, has been announced as the 18th president of the school. Dillard has served in an interim position since July of 2017. Shaw’s Board Chairmen, Joseph N. Bell said, “We believe her performance to date has demonstrated that she is committed to the transformative education process and more than qualified to lead Shaw University into this next era of excellence.”
First Female President Announced at Northern Illinois
Dr. Lisa C. Freeman has been named the 13th president of Northern Illinois University. Freeman has been serving as interim president sent July of 2017. Dr. Freeman said, “It is my professional and personal honor to lead NIU forward.”
New President Announced at DCCC
Dr. Darrin L. Hartness has been selected by the Davidson County Community College board of trustees to become the school’s next president. Hartness previously served as superintendent for Davie County Schools. Dr. Hartness will succeed Dr. Mary E. Rittling. who is retiring in December after serving as president for the past 15 years.
South Florida President Announces Retirement
Dr. Judy Genshaft has announced her plans to retire from the University of South Florida. Genshaft has served as president of the school since 2000, and plans to officially step-down next July. Dr. Genshaft is the longest serving president in USF’s history and said, “Thank you for your support and friendship.”
Orange Coast College President Retiring
Dr. Dennis Harkins is retiring from Orange Coast College after serving the school for the past nine years. He is expected to officially leave at the end of the Fall 2018 semester. The school is currently searching for permanent president.
GGC President to Retire at End of Academic Year
Dr. Stanley Preczewski has announced his retirement from Georgia Gwinnett College. He will leave the school at the end of the academic year this summer. Preczewski has served the school as president since 2014. A national search for a replacement is forthcoming.
Retirement Announced at CSU San Marcos
Cal State San Marcos President Karen Hayes plans to retire at the end of this academic year. Hayes has served as president since 2004, and has grown enrollment at the school from 7,000 to its current 17,000 students. The school will conduct a nationwide search for Hayes’ replacement in the near future.
Tennessee System President Retiring
Dr. Joe DiPietro has announced his retirement as president of the University of Tennessee System. DiPietro has served as president of the system since January 2011. He said, “I am very proud of all we have accomplished together, which would not have been possible without the important efforts of our talented students, staff and administrators and the steadfast support of the Board of Trustees.”
Georgetown College President to Retire
The president of Georgetown College, Dr. Michael Dwaine Greene, has announced that he will be retiring as leader of the school. Greene has served Georgetown since 2013 and will step down at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.
Colorado State President Resigning
Tony Frank has announced that he will step down as president from Colorado State next summer. He said, “It’s now time for the next step in our university’s trajectory, and that will require the articulation of a new vision for Colorado State.” Frank has served the school as president for the past decade. He will stay on as chancellor at the school after this summer.
Texarkana President to Resign
President of Texarkana College, James Russell, has announced that he will step down as president of the school at the end of this year. Russell began as president at the school in 2011.
New research from Higher Education Publications, Inc. indicates that the number of women in college athletic director positions has almost doubled since 1990. Our analysis tracked athletic director data dating back to 1990 and found that the rate of female ADs has grown from 11% to 19.5% overall at NCAA colleges and universities in the United States.
Based on college administrator data from the HigherEd Direct Database, the report examined athletic directors in Divisions I, II, and III from 1990 until July of 2018. Currently, 200 of the 1022—or just over 19% of institutions listed, have female athletic directors.
More specifically, the number and percentage of female ADs currently at Division I, II, and III schools are:
In the so-called “Power Five Conferences” of the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, the numbers are lower with only five of the 65 athletic departments (7.6 %) being run by women—North Carolina State, Pitt, Penn State, Virginia and Washington. According to Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, one reason is the stereotype of football and the culture of the programs that surround it. Barbour said, “There is this notion that because women, in general, don’t play football, how would you administer or supervise it?”
Another obstacle inhibiting female athletic directors is the fact that the college administrators doing the hiring–chancellors and presidents–are disproportionately male as well. According to a previous report, presently only 16 of the 115 major research universities (schools such as Stanford, Michigan and Clemson) have female presidents. And According to the American Council on Education, 30% of all colleges and universities in the U.S. have female presidents (up from 9.5% in 1986).
Though slow, over the past two decades, the growth and progress made in the overall amount of female college presidents and athletic ADs is increasing, and many believe that the nature of hiring at the once male dominated position(s) is changing. Three of the top 15 schools in the final 2017 Associated Press football poll had female athletic directors. The ACC especially has made strides in hiring female ADs. Most Recently, UVA offered the top job to Carla Williams, making her the third female director in the conference after Pittsburg and NC State.
With as the number of sports fans and female athletes continuing to grow, the changing of perceptions and growing female representation in athletic programs will continue to follow, though it won’t be easy. Patti Phillips, CEO of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) says, “The athletics world is realizing that women as athletic directors are doing a pretty good job and that they are very positive leaders who develop good programs,” she says. “… A woman’s voice in the department of athletics needs to be heard.”
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In response to federal investigations into several prominent college basketball programs last fall, the NCAA has announced new rules regarding men’s basketball and student athletes. Two of the most significant changes include allowing student athletes to participate in the NBA draft and return to college if undrafted, and requiring Division I schools to pay for tuition, fees and books for both men and women’s basketball players who left school and returned later to attain their degree.
Other noteworthy rule changes include:
The new rules come on the heels of a Condoleezza Rice-led commission aimed at cleaning up college basketball. The NCAA notes the changes are intended “to promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor.” The changes will have to be approved by the NBA Players Union and be drafted into the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Officials for the NCAA acknowledge that this week’s announcement is only the start.
College of Charleston Announces New President
The College of Charleston has named Steve Osborne as the school’s next president. Osborne formerly served as executive vice president of business affairs and senior adviser to previous president, Mr. Glenn McConnel, who announced his retirement in January.
New Oklahoma University President Begins Office
New Oklahoma University president Jim Gallogly has begun his tenure with a bang, laying off six top administrators. Gallogly has dropped the number of executives directly reporting to the president’s office from 25 to 17. He said, “Our inefficiencies on the Norman Campus and our overspending on the Norman campus should not fall on the shoulders of our students.” Gallogly replaced former president, Mr. David Boren, on July 1st.
10th President Named at Saint Leo University
Mr. Jeffrey D. Senese has been appointed the new president of Saint Leo University in Florida. Senese previously served as provost at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. He replaces William Lennox Jr. who retired in April.
ACHS Names Next President
The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has named Erika Yigzaw president. Yigzaw said, “I firmly believe that education can save the world.” She began her tenure on June 15th.
Maryland College Announces New President
Dr. Heidi M. Anderson has been named the new president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Anderson Previously served as provost at Texas A & M Kingsville. She replaces Dr. Juliette Bell, who stepped down in early July.
Southwest Baptist Names President
Dr. Eric Turner has been selected by the SBU Board of Trustees as the 25th president of South Baptist University in Missouri. Turner previously served as president of Black River Technical College. On August 6th, he will replace C. Pat Taylor who is retiring after 22 years of service.
Southwestern Illinois College Appoints Next President
The Board of Trustees at Southwestern Illinois College have announced that Mr. Nick Mance will take over as the school’s next president. Mance said, “I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the next President of Southwestern Illinois College.” Mance previously served as Chairman of the SWIC Board of Trustees. He will begin his tenure immediately.
New Chancellor announced for 2019 at Washington University St. Louis
Dr. Andrew Martin has been picked to become the next president of Washington University. Martin will succeed current Chancellor, Mark Wrighton, who announced he will retire at the end of the 2019 academic school year. Dr. Martin is currently dean of literature, science and arts at Michigan.
WVU Parkersburg Names New President
West Virginia University at Parkersburg has approved the hiring of Dr. Chris Gilmer to become the campus’ next president. Dr. Gilmer previously served in the world of higher education as executive director of Alcorn State University. He began his tenure on July 2nd.
Board Elects New President at Wheeling Jesuit
Dr. Michael P. Mihalyo Jr. has been elected by The Wheeling Jesuit Board of Trustees to become the school’s 12th president. Dr. Mihalyo is currently the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at Rockford University in Illinois. He replaces Dr. Debra Townsley, who is stepping down after her tenure as Interim President, on August 15th.
University of Colorado President Announces Retirement
Mr. Bruce Benson has announced he will retire after serving as president of the University of Colorado for the past 10 years. Benson will retire next summer and said he plans to give the Board, “ample time to find a successor who can continue the tremendous and positive momentum at CU.”
Alabama Huntsville President to Retire
University of Alabama Huntsville president Dr. Robert Altenkirch has announced that he plans to retire as president of the school. Altenkirch has served the school for the past seven years. He will stay on as president until a successor is found.
Nebraska Wesleyan President Retiring
President Fred Ohles will retire from Nebraska Wesleyan University next summer. Ohles has served the school for the past decade and said, “I’m glad for the numerous significant things all of us in the Nebraska Wesleyan community have achieved together.” A search is currently underway for Wesleyan’s next president.
Minnesota President Resigning
Current president of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Eric Kaler, has announced that he will step down as president. Kaler cited the need for new leadership and his long tenure length as reasons saying, “This is an incredibly demanding job, essentially seven days a week, evenings and nights included, and as proud and confident of my contributions and ability as I am, I also know that the University will benefit from a fresh perspective.” Kaler served as president for the past 7 years.
An internal draft report that was forced to be released by a lawsuit last week, shows that Betsy DeVos’s own staff at the Department of Education condemned the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for once again failing to meet federal standards required for accreditation–with 57 of 93 standard criteria failing. The report goes on to recommend ACICS’s status as an accreditor be terminated. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Eric Kelderman, “For the second time in less than two years, officials at the U.S. Department of Education have recommended against approving a controversial accrediting agency that primarily oversees for-profit colleges.”
However, in April Secretary DeVos signed an official order reviving recognition of the disputed accrediting body. According an article by Erica Green in the The New York Times, “Education Secretary Betsy Devos disregarded a scathing review by her own staff this spring when she reinstated the watchdog body that had accredited two scandal-scarred for-profit universities whose bankruptcies left tens of thousands of students with worthless degrees and mountains of debt, a new report has revealed.”
Historically a for-profit accreditor, ACICS has fought for its accreditation reinstatement since the Obama administration eliminated its recognition in 2016 after reporting that the accreditor had failed to meet 21 of the 60 necessary criteria—citing “pervasive compliance problems” with schools which attained accreditation under the council. According to previous education secretary John King, ACICS “routinely failed to adequately police schools under its oversight,” including ITT Tech, The Corinthian Colleges, and other for-profit institutions.
DeVos’s order this spring to temporarily recognize ACICS came on the heels of a federal district judge’s ruling that previous secretary, John King, failed to consider key evidence and used a flawed process in removing ACICS accreditation. However, according to Alex Elson of the National Student Legal Defense Network, which sued to release the report, “Clearly she was well aware that ACICS was getting worse, not better, and has been working to help them anyway.” The report noted that ACICS had failed to demonstrate its evaluation of school compliance with federal student loan aid laws as well as documentation that they failed to implement graduate rate standards for schools, reforms that were promised this year.
A statement from the Education Department’s Frank Brogan called the report “an incomplete, pre-decisional document that may include errors of fact or omissions on the part of staff analysts.” While temporary, with restored recognition more than 100 colleges under ACICS will again be eligible to receive federal student aid. The department’s announcement does not entirely reverse the Obama era ban but allows ACICS continued recognition for an additional 6 months while the department “conducts a further review of ACICS’s 2016 petition for recognition.”
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According to the United States Federal Reserve, outstanding student loan debt has reached an all-time high of $1.52 trillion—up in the last ten years from $619 billion—an increase of over 145%. The new number surpasses all auto and credit card debts held by Americans and sees no signs of slowing.
A few reasons for increased student debt rates:
Currently, over half of student loan borrowers leaving school owe at least $20,000. That’s double, up from 25 percent in the last decade. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a study that analyzed borrowers who began repaying loans from 2002 to 2014 and looked at their repayment status through 2016. The data suggests that:
The CFPB’s report also indicated growth in awareness among private companies who offer incentives to employees with student debt. Employers are increasingly helping their employees who borrowed by offering repayment assistance and other programs designed to help those in debt. Additionally, programs like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness plan allow borrowers employed in government and non-profit sectors to cancel debts after 10 years of non-delinquent payments. However, with student debts increasingly exceeding incomes, it’s a wonder if many repayments are even feasible.
Last March we wrote on how a growing number of small liberal arts colleges were facing major financial challenges with the risk of shuttering operations. Since last spring, the number of small private school closures has grown to include: St. Gregory’s University, Grace University, Concordia College, Marygrove College, Atlantic Union College, and Moody Bible Institute.
These small schools share specific traits: high tuition, minimal endowments, religious affiliations and locations in rural or suburban areas. Roughly one-third of the small private colleges rated by Moody’s Investors Service generated operating deficits in 2017, an increase from 20 percent in 2013.
Today’s students continue to shy away from expensive liberal arts schools that leave them in debt and are considering larger, public universities. Moody’s recently released a report about college closures and said the amount of colleges closing in 2017-18 is expected to triple with small colleges the most at risk.
Increased tuition has forced many students to think more about value. In recent years, larger schools have been able to offer better rates of financial aid and lower tuition. With fewer students choosing smaller, more expensive universities, revenue from tuition has fallen. Bigger schools have bigger endowments, allowing for flexibility. Smaller, private schools don’t always have the assurance of large endowments to fall back on. When budgets are stretched, the first thing to go are specialized programs and facilities. Eventually smaller schools may be forced to lay off faculty and staff, thus decreasing overall value in the eyes of potential students.
Last year, due to ‘financial challenges’ St. Joseph’s College announced that it would cease operations at the end of its spring semester. The school lost $4 to $5 million each year in revenue since 2012. Board Chairman Benedict Sponseller said the school took out a large mortgage in hopes of increasing enrollment. When enrollment did not increase, St. Joseph’s began to spend its endowment, around $24 million in 2015, to stop the bleeding. It did not work.
St. Joseph’s is not alone as St. Gregory’s University hoped a $12.5 million loan from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation – through the US Department of Agriculture – would keep it from closing. Despite de-annexing from the city of Shawnee to qualify, the loan was denied. Board Chairman of St. Josephs, Rev. Don Wolf said, “”Without this component in the financial plan, the ability to sustain the university at this point is not possible.” The university suspended operations in the fall.
Dowling College, St. Catharine College, and Marian Court College are among others who have shut their doors in recent years. David Warren, head of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, says small schools must understand their own value and cut costs to survive. With larger schools offering what today’s students want- generous financial aid, access to urban areas, and numerous school programs backed by large endowments – small liberal arts schools have a lot of value to make up.
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