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Holy Names University in Oakland Closing After Spring 2023 Semester

Holy Names University in Oakland Closing After Spring 2023 Semester

“While we’ve had interest in long-term collaboration from potential partners, we do not have the type of interest that would sustain HNU in continuing to offer its own programs and services”

The combination of lower enrollment and the pandemic claims another school.

CBS News reports:

Holy Names University in Oakland to close after 154 years

Holy Names University in Oakland will close after spring semester in 2023 due to declining enrollment and other struggles, officials with the 154-year-old school said Monday.

Students will have the option to continue studies at Dominican University of California and graduate on schedule, and the school said faculty and staff will have the chance to work at its San Rafael campus.

Holy Names said in a statement the school has struggled to remain open as it faced rising operational costs, declining enrollment, and an increased need for institutional scholarships. It said both COVID-19 and an economic downturn disproportionately impacted HNU students.

The school already halted its sports programs last spring and gave notice to staff and other employees, some effective at the end of January or early February.

“We have been doing our best to find a partner to keep the university functioning and continue HNU’s mission,” said HNU Board Chairperson Steven Borg, in a statement. “While we’ve had interest in long-term collaboration from potential partners, we do not have the type of interest that would sustain HNU in continuing to offer its own programs and services, so we are forced to make the difficult decision to close and designate a transfer institution in the best interest of our students.”

“First and foremost, ensuring HNU students will be able to continue their academic path forward is our top priority,” Borg said. “We are also doing everything in our power to support our faculty and staff during this period of uncertainty.”

Holy Names said students who complete their degree requirements by the end of the spring semester, or are currently progressing in the school’s graduate nursing programs, will be able to graduate from Holy Names.

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Worthless as a physical plant for the new Galt U due to location.
But there will be more failures.

I remember reading an article in the Chronicle a few years ago suggesting that over 1/3rd of American tertiary educational institutions were redundant and needed to close. I have always believed the proportion is closer to 1/2. Most of the private liberal arts schools, save for those which truly are of educational value in terms of having verifiable results for their tuition dollar invested, are just wastes of money.