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Another Portland Institution Closes – Inside Higher Ed

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Concordia University in Portland, Ore., announced it will be closing at the end of the spring semester. While the university had grown its graduate enrollment, it cited the changing nature of higher education as a reason for its closure.

Concordia University in Portland, Ore., will close at the end of the spring 2020 semester, yet another in a string of private nonprofit colleges in the Portland area to close.

The private, nonprofit Lutheran institution’s Board of Regents voted last Friday to cease operations at the 115-year-old institution, according to a Monday announcement.

Students who have not completed degree requirements will get “extensive information outlining pathways” at partnering institutions, said a section of the college’s website devoted to information on the closure. Students’ credits “may be considered for transfer” to another regionally accredited university, but accepting transfer credits is “always at the discretion of the receiving institution,” the website said. Concordia is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The university is also working to create transition plans for faculty and staff in each department. It will work with the office of Oregon’s attorney general as it closes to determine a plan for its assets.

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