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Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee Closing in May

Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee Closing in May

“mounting operational and facility challenges presented a no-win situation”

It seems like we’re seeing a story like this almost once a week. Almost always the same story. The economy combined with the pandemic.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Cardinal Stritch University, facing a ‘no-win situation,’ closing at the end of this semester

Cardinal Stritch University, which has been serving students since 1937, is closing its doors at the end of the spring semester, the college president announced Monday.

“We’re all devastated by this development, but after examining all options this decision was necessary,” President Dan Scholz said in a video announcement. “I wish there was a different path we could pursue. However, the fiscal realities, downward enrollment trends, the pandemic, the need for more resources and the mounting operational and facility challenges presented a no-win situation.”

The university Board of Trustees recommended the closure to the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi after determining the Fox Point school “could no longer provide high-quality educational experiences our students deserve,” he said. The Sisters accepted the recommendation and set the closing in motion, Scholz said.

The announcement came as a shock to the close-knit campus, and to its broader community.

“It’s devastating for everyone here,” said Philip Jakobsson, a student who plays on the school’s soccer team. Jakobsson said he had considered transferring to a different university and even submitted an application, but he was leaning toward staying at Cardinal Stritch next year. That ended Monday evening.

Now, he’s hoping the other university admits him; otherwise, he will have to head back home to Germany.“A lot of people were crying,” Jakobsson said. “At this university, I would say everyone has such a familiar relationship to everyone.”


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