Dowling College, a small school on New York's Long Island, is closing effective Friday, creating potential problems for thousands of current students.

In recent months, the school had run into accreditation problems. The Wall Street Journal has reported that in November, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which accredits colleges and universities, issued a statement requiring Dowling to prove why its accreditation shouldn’t be withdrawn, according to a document posted on the organization’s website.

In a written statement, Dowling president Albert Inserra said, "As painful as this announcement is, we want the student body, faculty, and alumni to know that we made every effort to form a suitable academic affiliation so that we could keep the college open."

According to an Associated Press report, the college was roughly $54 million in debt, and enrollment has dropped by 50 percent since 2009 to approximately 2,500 students.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that in July of 2015, Dowling became the first higher-education institution rated by Moody’s Investors Service to default, according to a Moody’s spokesman.

College officials have said a "teach out" with Molloy College may be worked out.

If you are a current Dowling student with concerns about the school's closing that you wish to share with attorneys at College Watchdogs, you may do so here or by calling 1-877-540-8333.  The attorneys at College Watchdogs have pursued claims on behalf of former students of closed school in lawsuits in Michigan, Florida and Alabama, among other states.


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