On August 9, 2017, Marygrove made the announcement, shocking many current undergraduate students who now must identify alternative colleges and universities to complete their programs elsewhere.
Marygrove announced that about 35 undergraduate programs would be dropped as a result of its closure plan. Last year, Marygrove had approximately 490 undergraduates and 475 graduate students.
In making the announcement, Marygrove President Elizabeth Burns, M.D., stated in part, “A recent analysis found that Marygrove is not sustainable in its current business model.” She also said, “Marygrove has experienced the same enrollment and financial issues as many liberal arts colleges across the country and the state.”
In an interview with the Metro Times, Marygrove's faculty assembly president, Anne White-Ohara, said in part, "The writing was on the wall. We were expecting to probably be put on probation or on notice. But they pulled the plug."
The Metro Times story also reported that from 2005 to 2015, undergraduate enrollment had increased more than 30 percent. But "in 2014 what officials described as a 'software glitch' resulted in more than 200 students being given financial aid, only to be told later they actually owed the school money -- in some cases thousands of dollars. The effect on enrollment was devastating, with it plummeting from around 1,850 in 2013 to about 960 in 2016."
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