17 Dec

Dear NLC Community,

Yesterday the Board of Trustees approved the final plan to close National Labor College. The Board of Trustees received so many wonderful letters of concern and support for the College from many of you, along with many hopes and dreams that there might be another outcome.

Let me assure you that the Board considered carefully all the your concerns, and it was with heavy hearts and great emotion that they took the action that they did based on some hard facts about the financial instability of the College having nothing to do with the high quality of our institution and the academic integrity with which we conduct all of our outstanding programs. The closure plan includes the following three points:

  • We will offer a spring semester from January 6 to April 18, 2014 with a full range of courses. There is still time to register and our academic advisors are working overtime to help students write degree plans. There are almost 260 students already registered for the spring semester, and we have a full array of courses available for you.
  • We will begin to explore the option of an extended teach-out whereby students could take courses at other institutions and transfer them back to NLC. Shortly, I will be forming an advisory committee of students, alums and faculty for guidance in the planning process. Any formal arrangements will be approved through the institutional governance process which begins with the faculty and ultimately is put before the Board of Trustees.
  • We will hold a Commencement and Closing Convocation Ceremony on April 26, 2014, most likely in Silver Spring, MD. Many details of this remain to be determined, and I will seek guidance from the advisory committee I will form on this as well.

We will announce more details as they become available. Once again, National Labor College is proud of our students, our work, and our many successes.


Paula E. Peinovich, Ph.D.