Harrison College Confirms Closure

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(photo courtesy of Harrison College) (photo courtesy of Harrison College)
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Indianapolis-based Harrison College has confirmed it has closed. In a statement released Friday evening, the college, which has 11 campuses in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, calls the move a "difficult business decision" and says it is working with partners to ensure students have the ability to complete their education.

Harrison College says it will close The Chef's Academy in North Carolina on October 14, which marks the end of the academy's current term. The college halted enrollment at its Indianapolis TCA location in 2016.

Our partners at WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne spoke with students who said their professors informed them classes would not be resuming. The college deleted its Facebook and Twitter pages Friday before releasing the following statement:

After 116 years serving Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, Harrison College has made the difficult business decision to close operations effective Sunday, September 16, 2018, and for the The Chef’s Academy (TCA )Sunday, October 14, 2018 (the end of their current term).

We are working with transfer and teach-out partners including State governing bodies and our accreditors to ensure each student has a pathway to complete their education.

National American University (NAU), an HLC-accredited institution, is Harrison College’s preferred transfer institution within Indiana. Please note that NAU is working diligently with governing bodies to expand this list, including further teach-out* arrangements with NAU and other institutions.

For students in Ohio, we are working closely with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to identify transfer/teach-out partners.

For students in North Carolina, we will be working with nearby institutions for transfer options for our students.

The University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne announced Friday afternoon it would offer scholarship funds to Harrison students. The program, known as "The Franciscan Harrison Promise" offers displaced students $10,000 for annual tuition. 

"We were saddened to hear of the closing of Harrison College," said USF President Sister Elise Kriss. "We understand how difficult this time must be for faculty, staff and students of Harrison, and this is one way we are able to assist. We hope the University of Saint Francis can help these students continue their higher education and this scholarship will make the transition as seamless as possible."

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