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    Post Urbana University to close after COVID-19 Closure

    And so it starts.... Urbana University in Ohio closing due to coronavirus challenges, low enrollment

    https://www.cincinnati.com/story/new...us/3002171001/

    https://www.urbanacitizen.com/news/7...hysical-campus

    1850-2020. Urbana University was founded in 1850 by followers of the 18th century Swedish philosopher and scientist, Emanuel Swedenborg. The university was the second institution of higher learning in Ohio to admit women; the first was Oberlin College. The groundwork for the founding of the university was in part laid by John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, who became the inspiration for the Johnny Appleseed Museum founded for his extraordinary history. While more famous for spreading apple seeds throughout the East, Chapman was also a Swedenborgian missionary and helped spread this faith among the early settlers around Urbana.[1] Chapman encouraged his friend and fellow Swedenborgian, John Hough James, to donate the land on which Urbana University was built. To this day, the University maintains an informal relationship with the Swedenborgian General Convention of the Church of the New Jerusalem in the United States of America.[1] The university is also home to the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum to honor John Chapman.
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    From your link.....
    Urbana University had struggled for years. Franklin bought it in 2014 to save it from financial collapse after poor financial decisions had left the Champaign County college in significant debt.
    It sounds like this school has been on the verge for a while. Blaming their collapse on the coronavirus seems a bit dishonest.

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    I think it broke their back, from what people are telling me.

    Hey!!! -- Maybe Oberlin can help them?
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    Looks like Urbana University was a liberal arts school with few programs and only 1500 students. It does not seem sustainable, so it is not totally surprising.

    Update, or die. Universities need to be in step with changes in society and culture, and one of those is how to bring education to the masses.

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    This school has a history of poor financial management. It’s demise is not a result of the virus. It was on the road to ruin before the virus.

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