Goddard College announces closure due to financial challenges, enrollment decline

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PLAINFIELD — After decades of pioneering educational innovation, Goddard College has announced its impending closure at the end of the current semester, a decision driven by financial insolvency and a sharp decline in student enrollment.

Established in 1938, the college, known for its progressive and experimental approach to higher education, has faced dwindling numbers, with current enrollment at just 220 students compared to over 1,900 in the 1970s.

Mark Jones, Chair of the Board of Trustees, expressed deep regret over the closure, acknowledging the significant loss for students seeking alternative education.

Years of efforts to stabilize the college’s finances, through various strategies including partnerships, were ultimately unsuccessful in overcoming challenges like inflation, demographic shifts, and evolving educational preferences.

In a collaborative effort to preserve Goddard’s educational legacy, Prescott College has agreed to allow Goddard students to continue their education and complete their degrees at the same tuition rate.

A scholarship fund will be established to aid this transition, with further partnership announcements expected soon. Prescott College President, Dr. Barbara Morris, affirmed their commitment to providing quality education and welcomed Goddard students to their community.

Goddard College also aims to support its faculty and staff during this transition. Plans include exploring employment opportunities at Prescott College for Goddard faculty and partnering with Cabot Creamery for a job fair dedicated to Goddard staff.

Dan Hocoy, President of Goddard College, acknowledged the profound impact of the closure, emphasizing that this was not an easy decision.

He expressed hope that the college’s legacy would continue through its alumni and the broader impact of its educational philosophy.

The college will not accept new admissions for the 2024-2025 academic year, marking the end of an era in progressive education.

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