A Campaign for Hampshire College
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February 8. President Nelson update to Students, Faculty, Staff, Parents, Alums, and Friends → full article

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Controversy Over Re-Accreditation – Was Hampshire Ever Really in Danger?  No. → full article

Feb. 7, 2019. Hampshire College worried about state’s new oversight plan, Laura Krantz, Boston Globe → full article

The fact that Hampshire cited the stress test surprised Chris Gabrieli, the chairman of the state Board of Higher Education who has been the driving force behind the regulations.

Our goal is not to put people out of business,’ he said in a phone interview. ‘And not to make anyone take an action before it’s necessary.

The regulations, which are controversial among college leaders, were created in response to Mount Ida College’s abrupt closure last year, which caught state officials off guard and caused chaos for existing and incoming students, as well as professors and staff.”

February 2. Follow Up Letter to Admitted Students for Fall 2019 → read letter

February 1. Letter to Student Applicants: “If you intended on applying to Hampshire, we are very sorry to say we cannot accept applications at this time...” → read letter

February 1. Letter to Admitted Students for Fall 2019 → read letter

January 31, 2019. Hampshire’s Fiscal Reality, 1965–2019, Joint Assembly to Staff, Faculty, and Trustees → full article

Hampshire College Financial Statements. Years Ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 → full financial statements

January 30, 2019. Briefing for Consideration of Admission of Fall 2019 Class → full article

January 30, 2019. Board of Trustees Briefing Packet → full article

January 23, 2019. Letter from Hampshire’s Board of Trustees → full article

January 22, 2019. Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Considers Identifying Failing Colleges → full article

January 22, 2019. At Risk of Closure: New Financial Stress Test for Private Colleges Under Review → full article

January 21, 2019. Update from President Nelson, In Reference to Hampshire College’s Strategic Partnership Announcement → full article

January 15, 2019. Strategic Partnership FAQ → full article

January 15, 2019. Letter from President Nelson Announcing Decision to Search for Strategic Partnership → full article

May 4, 2018. Hampshire College’s Reaccreditation Letter → read letter

The Commission commends Hampshire College for its preparation of a thoughtful, candid self-study, and we join the visiting team in acknowledging the institution’s many strengths, including the College’s mission which serves as a ‘powerful, unifying imperative,’ a Board of Trustees characterized by an ‘uncommon degree of commitment,’ a focus on student-centered learning, and its successful, participatory planning processes. The opening of the Kern Building, a multi-purpose building designed with substantial involvement of students under the Living Building Challenge, is particularly noteworthy. We are gratified to learn of the success of Hampshire graduates with respect to earning advanced degrees – two-thirds of alumni/ae report earning an advanced degree within ten years – and congratulate the institution on its recognition as a ‘top Fulbright producer.’ We share the confidence of the visiting team in the ability of the ‘passionate community of teachers and learners’ at Hampshire College to continue the institution’s tradition of ‘educating for change and changing education.’

For more information:

Standards for accreditation
New England Commission of Higher Education, Regional Accrediting Organization (NECHE)
Barbara E. Brittingham
President of the Commission
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803
(781) 425-7785 | cihe@neasc.org


Proposed metric would annually screen for ability of colleges to financially sustain operations for the upcoming 18 months

January 22, 2019. Receipt of Report Issued by the Transitions in Higher Education: Safeguarding the Interests of Students (THESIS) Working Group and Charge to the Commissioner to Develop Implementation Recommendations → full article

January 22, 2019, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Considers Identifying Failing Colleges → full article

January 23, 2019, Regulating College Closures → full article

“Massachusetts takes a swing at regulating small colleges at risk of shutting down in order to better protect students. Institutions at risk would have to be public about their financial vulnerabilities 18 months before a possible closure.” — Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

For more information:

 Chris Gabrieli, Chairman
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6950