According to reports, Concordia College is set to close its Bronxville campus at the beginning of fall this year.
The four-year liberal arts college in Bronxville, New York is sponsored by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System.
Concordia’s students reportedly come from 23 states and more than 37 countries worldwide. The student-to-professor ratio is 13 to 1. Total enrollment is 1,037 students. 93% of the College’s students receive some form of financial aid, whether grants or loans, and approximately 60% of Concordia’s students live on campus.
The college has been operating in New York since 1881. It offers a rangeof bachelor’s and master’s programs.
Iona College is set to purchase the Bronxville campus and provide a “teach-out” for current students.
The 33-acrecampus will be used to by Iona College to expand their health sciences program.
Students and members of the public will be able to attend Town Hallmeetings to address concerns on the school’s closure.
The deal between the colleges is expected to be completed this summer as details continue to be finalized and are subject to regulatory approval.
Concordia has faced severe challenges in recent years, including a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former employee, as well as its accreditation status being placed on probation.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic placed the death knell on the college’s operations.
According to reports, Concordia College President John A. Nunes emphasized the centricity of students in the negotiation and decision process.
“By acting now, Concordia’s Regents have provided our students with an excellent option for continuing the quality, faith-informed education they began here,” Nunes reportedly said.
He added that “This outcome brings deep pain to all of us who care for Concordia, and in whose hearts Concordia will always live. I find inspiration in Concordia’s legacy: the generations of alumni who have and are today impacting the world with the foundation Concordia gave them.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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