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Neumont University meets with Mass. officials

NEUMONT UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Ned Levine visited Boston, as he looked into opening a campus in Massachusetss as opposed to in Rhode Island.
Posted 3/12/12

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers need to make up their minds by April or they can say goodbye to Neumont University. The head of the Utah-based for-profit college met with officials in Boston last week as uncertainty looms over the creation of a Rhode Island campus, according to WPRI-TV, CBS 12.

In Rhode Island, for-profit colleges are required to pass a special law prior to going before the state’s Board of Governors for Higher Education. Rhode Island is the only state in the nation with a special law for for-profit colleges. In Massachusetts, Neumont’s application would go directly to the Mass. Board of Higher Education.

“Rhode Island is our preferred home,” Neumont President Ned Levine told the news organization. “But we need a New England campus. There’s a market and there’s demand among employers in the Northeast, and therefore that’s attractive to students.”

Neumont needs a decision by April if it hopes to move forward with its plan to enroll 80 students at a Providence campus for a fall 2013 semester. Levine, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and Johnson & Wales University administrator, announced plans to open a Providence campus if lawmakers approve the school’s application.

The proposal has met strong opposition from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island.

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I have commented elsewhere regarding Neumont's efforts to locate a high tech educational campus in Rhode Island but it worth repeating. The last sentence of this article is a sad commentary on the state of education here in our fine state. The schools which should be not only teaching innovation but championing it are now the largest roadblocks to an innovative educational institution locating here in our state. It is as if we were in the days of the guilds - a protective practice dating back to the 3rd century BC Roman "collegiato"; the Gupta period in India (AD 300M–600) and 12 century English craft guildes. Is this sort of regressive, anti-innovation practice really what our state political leadership wishes to propagate. I would hope not but our little city state is full of this sort of enigmaticpolitical behavior.

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