September 19, 2021


Through Education Matters

Becker University in Worcester will shut for great at stop of current school 12 months

Becker Higher education, with origins in the location dating to the late 1700s, will near at the end of the tutorial calendar year.

The school last month designed it crystal clear that its future was in doubt, owing to economic struggles brought about in big component by the pandemic.

“We noticed it coming a tiny little bit — I wasn’t much too surprised,” Becker University senior Anthony Papetti said Monday right after hearing the information. “There’ve been rumors for years about the closing.”

On Monday, Christine L. Cassidy, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, verified what  college students — and neighbors of its campuses in Worcester and Leicester — had hoped to stay away from.

In a article on the Becker College web-site, she wrote: “It is with deep regret that I share the news that on March 28, the Board of Trustees voted to permanently close Becker Faculty at the stop of the present-day tutorial yr. The College or university will give academic, aid and transitional services to college students by way of August 31, 2021. Next an orderly changeover, lessons will not resume in the Fall.”

Nicholas Lord and Joseph Ressler, both freshman, at the entrance gate of Becker College's Worcester campus Monday. Both students are studying the gaming field at the school that announced it would close at the end of the current school year.

Meantime, other educational facilities in the location, notably Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark College, are achieving out to displaced Becker students. 

WPI introduced as a result of its president, Laurie Leshin, it will take Becker’s Interactive Media learners into its own Interactive Media & Game Growth diploma software.

Challenges at Becker Faculty surfaced publicly final month when two oversight panels, the point out Department of Greater Education and the New England Fee of Larger Education and learning, revealed the school’s weak money standing, indicating there was little self-assurance that the school could previous beyond the up coming educational yr.

The panels inspired a contingency closing plan.

In Monday’s message, Cassidy reported the college has arranged with several nearby colleges to settle for Becker pupils who will now have to transfer, and is serving to present faculty and team locate new jobs as properly. It is also refunding tuition deposits that pupils have currently manufactured for future calendar year.