Closed and Merged Schools Work Group Report

November 18, 2020

Free Webinar | 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Over the past five years more than 1,200 institutions of higher education have closed, displacing nearly half a million students, according to a 2019 analysis of federal data by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The current and anticipated increase in closings due to declining enrollments and decreasing budgets is expected to result in a growing number of students left with incomplete educations, as well as questions about their academic plans and personal finances. At the same time, more higher education leaders have been looking at mergers as a means to ensure institutional viability and financial security.

Join members of the Closed and Merged School Work Group as they discuss their recently released report.  The report provides school officials with best practice approaches that will ensure the preservation of records of closed or merged institutions.  In addition, it identifies topics to consider to make sure that current and former students continue to have access to their education records, and do not suffer undue burden and stress as a result of the closure or merger.



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William Gil

Senior Director, Government Relations


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Elizabeth Amundson

Associate Provost & Registrar, George Washington University

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Sarah Harris

Senior Associate Registrar (retired), University of Iowa

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Laura Jacobs Anderson

University Registrar at Willamette University

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