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College of Santa Fe to Close its Doors

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times.

The College of Santa Fe, a small, private college with well-respected art programs, will close. Rumors of its financial difficulties were swirling well before the credit crunch. I actually visited this campus last summer. And while I knew of its reputation for having some very fine programs (accessible to students with relatively poor high school records), the campus seemed somewhat disheveled.

Having just returned from Hong Kong and South China, where there is not enough capacity in the higher educational systems, it’s quite the juxtaposition to see that there is overcapacity in the US system.

Perhaps from this perspective, it is not altogether a bad thing that some colleges may not survive the recession. It’s sad to see any one institution fail, but the process of retrenchment in the entire private education system is probably inevitable and good for the system as a whole.

Mark Montgomery
College Consultant

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  1. As a 1967 graduate of College of Santa Fe, I am deeply saddened by the news that this institution will close. Perhaps I am more saddened by the suggestion that in the light of the downturn of the world economy it is “good for the system as a whole” that this college fail. It is like telling me that a beloved family member must die for the benefit of society as a whole.

    What a shame that we are willing to invest trillions of dollars into banks and car companies, yet, we are willing to turn our backs on an institution like this.

  2. Dear Jim,
    Thanks for your comment. I, too, mourn the demise of the College of Santa Fe. And your analogy is apt: sometimes the beloved does die when society makes decisions about health care. And if we don’t make decisions, then the decisions are made by the laws of supply and demand. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the way of the world.
    Best regards.

  3. …but, as of this date, it doesn’t look like the college has closed. It’s difficult to find current information about what’s going on, but there does seem to be a program for registering for Spring, 2010.

  4. Where can a previous student obtain their transcripts from there? There is no luck at Student Clearing house.

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