Massachusetts to monitor struggling private colleges

January 23, 2019

Last April, Mount Ida abruptly announced it was closing and offered students automatic enrollment at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Former students sued the college in November, claiming officials were aware of its mounting financial difficulties as early as 2014.

The Globe previously reported the college failed to do its due diligence around the closure, including notifying state higher education officials and charting a path for students to finish their degrees.

In a statement, Mount Ida’s board attributed the closure to the “difficult” financial situation facing small private colleges across the country.

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