SOUTHINGTON — After an accreditation group put Lincoln College of New England on probation, college owners decided to close the Mount Vernon Road campus at the end of the calendar year.
The college signed an agreement with Goodwin College to take students at its East Hartford campus for the fall semester while some students will complete their final classes in Southington.
Jim Vernon, Lincoln’s interim president, said in a letter Monday that Goodwin offers many of the same programs and has agreed to help Lincoln students continue their education.
Lincoln is a for-profit college while Goodwin is non-profit.
The agreement with Goodwin waives application fees for Lincoln students joining the East Hartford college.
“Goodwin College has agreed to offer all LCNE students a tuition at or below that which they were charged at Lincoln for the duration of your continuous enrollment,” according to a statement from Lincoln College.
Tuition for a full-time student at Lincoln is just under $19,000. The school has more than 200 students.
Scott Shaw, CEO of Lincoln Education Services, which owns the Southington college, said enrollment has declined in recent years.
“The school was unprofitable and that concerned the accreditors,” he said Monday. “We deemed it was in the best interests of all parties to make a change.”
Barbara Brittingham, president of New England Commission of Higher Education, said Lincoln was put on probation in June. The college had two years to rectify “financial and enrollment challenges” but decided to close instead. She said there are fewer high school graduates in New England, putting pressure on colleges and universities.
Brittingham has worked with Lincoln and Goodwin on transitioning students from one college to the other.
“It’s a hard thing to do, it’s hard news for everybody to receive, but I think they’ve done a very fine job,” she said.
Lincoln College leases the campus in Southington. Shaw said he wasn’t sure what the owners would do with the property.
Briarwood Real Estate Limited Partnership owns the property according to town records. The company couldn’t be reached for comment but state records show a Florida address for the corporation.
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