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List of Possible College Closures Causes Panic and Legal Threats

List of Possible College Closures Causes Panic and Legal Threats

“Higher education’s walking dead are already among us.”

No school would want to be included on such a list, but the fact is many college closures are probably in our future.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

A Doomsday List of Possible College Closures Inspired Panic and Legal Threats. That’s Telling.

Higher education’s walking dead are already among us. Figuring out exactly who they are, though, is tricky and fraught.

That fact came into sharp relief this week, when a college-advising company scuttled its plans to release a list of private, nonprofit colleges that it expects to run out of money and close in the coming years, according to a new financial-modeling tool.

Edmit, the advising company, decided against releasing the information when some of the 946 colleges that were to be named in the analysis pushed back or threatened legal action.

The episode set off renewed discussion about the limited information that many students and families possess about the precarious finances of some of the nation’s colleges, hundreds of which have closed in recent years, upending students’ lives. (Most of the college closures of the last five years have been for-profit institutions, a recent Chronicle analysis found.)

Edmit’s decision was first reported on Tuesday by Inside Higher Ed, which had planned to publish an article about the projections, linking to the full list on GitHub, a platform for open-source projects. Edmit, however, said it had decided to keep the data private because it could not take the financial risk of being sued.


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Well, the colleges involved just proved that there are grounds to be legitimately concerned about their closure.

Definitely avoid Utica….wish we knew the others.

Anybody catch if Oberlin happened to be on the list before it disappeared?

    MajorWood in reply to coyote6. | November 23, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Oberlin won’t close in the next 10 years, but my SWAG is that a prolonged painful decline is in their immediate future. In all honesty, they could not have picked a worse target than Gibsons to act-out on.

JusticeDelivered | November 23, 2019 at 8:22 pm

I bet that Oberlin thinks that Soro’s will bail them out.

Well, actually there are no colleges listed other than Utica. A college with a good reputation but which likely drifted into useless degrees and useless amenities for stupid students.