It is with heavy heart and great disappointment that I must deliver the news that our potential institutional partner has elected to not move forward with us. Creating and implementing a thoughtful plan for a deep affiliation proved to be too great of a feat given our current accreditation deadline and critical financial condition. Therefore, while we have new evidence for the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) that is material to our financial resources, including the sale of assets and a successful multi-year pledge campaign, the collective impact of this material evidence will not reach NECHE’s threshold of significance.
To that end, the adverse action by the New England Commission of Higher Education to withdraw the college’s accreditation at the end of August, and to cease instruction at the end of the Spring semester, will be upheld. We have activated our Teach-Out plan with Castleton University and have formalized agreements with a number of additional colleges to provide our students with the best possible opportunities to continue their studies and earn their college degree. Our primary focus and desire is to take care of the immediate needs of our students and to support this transition for our entire community.
While we have a lot of future decisions to make about the business of the college, right now we are solely focused on our responsibility to our students, staff and faculty.
I would like to thank each and every member of this wonderful community – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – as well as the greater Rutland Community, for the outpouring of support during this past year. I would also like to recognize the College’s Board of Trustees for their courage, their guidance, and their unwavering support as we fought tirelessly for the future of CSJ.
Dr. Jennifer L. Scott