College Says It Didn't Mean to Strip Faculty From Course Listings

November 7, 2016

Faculty members at the financially imperiled College of New Rochelle were surprised late last week to find that their names had been taken out of online course listings showing options for students to take next semester.

The discovery set off worries about the future of the college days after it released details of a financial crisis that trustees have said will require substantial cost cutting. Faculty members also wondered how they were to advise students on which courses to take without knowing who would be teaching.

But the college said Friday that the removal of names was a mistake. Names were being added back to listed courses, according to a spokesman.

New Rochelle abruptly announced the resignation of President Judith Huntington in October after its Board of Trustees learned about “significant unmet financial obligations.” Trustees shared details of the financial issues last week, saying the college owes $20 million after not making payroll taxes for two years. The college also has more than $11 million in other debts and liabilities.

The college has said it is still reviewing the circumstances that led to the financial crisis but that preliminary findings show there is a path forward for New Rochelle to remain a stand-alone institution. It has indicated it needs substantial outside funding and cuts, however.

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