Over the past few months, The National Hispanic University (NHU) Board of Directors and administration have sought and gained insight from our students, community leaders, and others as we looked at ways our institution can move forward. After a deliberative review process, the Board has determined that because the university continues to face significant ongoing regulatory and financial challenges, the institution cannot operate as it has in the past. The NHU Board of Directors met on March 19, 2014, and has announced a range of actions designed to ensure that the university's vision endures and that its students successfully complete their studies.
Ensuring the Continuation of NHU's Leading Teacher Credential Programs. NHU's teacher credentialing programs have helped educate hundreds of teachers in San José for nearly 20 years. The Board is pleased to announce that these programs will live on through a teacher academy honoring the vision of Dr. Roberto Cruz, NHU's founder. With a new partnership between the NHU Foundation, part owner of NHU, and another local university, and with additional funding from Laureate Education, Inc., the academy will ensure the continuation of NHU's teacher-education programs. Former NHU President Dr. David López will lead the initiative for the NHU Foundation.
Creating The NHU Scholarship Fund for Future Educators. To further support this effort, Laureate Education will create The NHU Scholarship Fund for Future Educators through the NHU Foundation for select San José students who seek these essential teaching credentials.
Providing Transfer Pathways and Financial Support for Current Students. In addition, the Board is committed to ensuring that NHU's currently enrolled students have an identified and strong pathway to college completion. NHU President Dr. Gladys Ato will seek continued guidance and support from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Board and NHU leadership are focused on the following steps:
- NHU's doors will remain open, and we will continue to teach and support our current students through the 2014–15 academic year.
- For those students who seek to transfer, NHU will put in place transfer agreements with a select number of institutions to ensure the continuity and smooth transition of our students' education.
- Laureate will provide financial assistance, including a new NHU Student Assistance Program, for those students transferring in the event they face additional education costs as a result of the Board's decision.
Maintaining the Educational Purpose and Mission of the NHU Campus. The NHU Board, the NHU Foundation, and Laureate Education understand the important educational purpose the NHU campus serves in East San José. As owner of the real estate, the NHU Foundation is announcing that the property will continue to be used for several important educational purposes. These include continued programs offered by NHU through the end of the 2014–15 academic year; a new K–12 education opportunity for the community; and a teacher academy supporting area K–12 educators.
NHU leadership and the Board will continue to announce more details as they become available, and we look forward to continuing to support our students during this time.