Community Colleges Pick Up Students After Business Schools Close

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Students imagine a number of outcomes when they enroll in a course of study, but the one that probably doesn’t occur to them is the possibility they’ll show up to class and find their college closed.

That is what happened to students in Connecticut and Rhode Island attending Butler Business School and Sawyer School. The abrupt January closures happened without advance notice. The for-profit institutions were both owned by Academic Enterprises Inc. Published reports speculated the abrupt closures were due to financial difficulties brought on by declining enrollment and a new law requiring students who receive federal financial aid to have either a high school diploma or a GED.

In Connecticut, where around 1,200 students were left in the cold, Housatonic Community College President Anita Gliniecki says she’s never seen a closure on this scale before. “Other schools have closed, but they’ve typically taken care of their students. I’ve never seen a situation where it was just a note on the door with no plans. This is, thank heavens, an unusual and atypical event.