Statement from Wells College Board of Trustees Chair Carrie A. Bolton '92 and President Jonathan Gibralter

July 8, 2019

On the afternoon of Friday, June 28, 2019, Wells College received notification from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that it has placed Wells College on probation. The Commission has given Wells two years to demonstrate our full compliance with all requirements for the renewal of our accreditation. Its action is, in fact, the beginning of a process designed to facilitate the College's continuation of the accreditation it has enjoyed for so long.

We have been working at an accelerated pace throughout the spring and summer to address areas such as academic program review, financial planning, and resource management. These ongoing projects include a high-priority review of our academic offerings, which our faculty and provost have been working expediently to review and revise. The College is also modifying its budget for the coming year to bring annual expenditures closer in line with projected revenue, and also to more closely align budget allocations with our long-term strategic priorities.

We want to emphasize that Wells College remains an accredited institution as we move forward on this process with the Middle States Commission. Our operations are continuing uninterrupted as we prepare to welcome new and returning students back to campus this August for the fall semester.

For over 150 years, Wells College has fulfilled its critically important mission of educating students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. We are fully committed to ensuring that Wells will continue doing so for decades to come. It's the least that we can do for our students, faculty and staff, alumni, and supporters.

Carrie A. Bolton '92
Chair, Wells College Board of Trustees

Jonathan Gibralter
President, Wells College

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