After 24 years of offering degree-completion and graduate education programs at its Arrowhead Park campus in Maumee, Heidelberg University has announced that it is closing its campus in the summer of 2015.
Dr. David Weininger, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Heidelberg, explained that key changes in the educational market prompted the decision.
“Heidelberg is proud of the strong academic programs and excellent educational opportunities that we have offered for 24 years at Arrowhead,” Weininger said. “The time has come for us to focus elsewhere.”
Weininger added that the move will allow Heidelberg to strengthen its academic core mission at its Tiffin campus “at a time when resources are stretched and academic trends and student demand are continually evolving.”
About 40 students are enrolled at Heidelberg’s Arrowhead Park campus. They were informed about the closing last week.
Over the next 18 months, the university will work with currently enrolled Arrowhead Park students to reach their academic goals by the time of the closing, Weininger said. Classes will be scheduled through the 2015 summer term. “We believe that by the summer of 2015, most of our students will have completed the requirements to earn their Heidelberg degree.”
For those who have 30 or fewer hours of coursework to complete by the summer of 2015, Heidelberg is offering several options. Students could choose to finish their Heidelberg degree at Lourdes University in Toledo or at Heidelberg’s Tiffin campus, complete the courses at other accredited institutions or transfer to other institutions.
“We will work with our students on all of these options as needed,” Weininger said.
Heidelberg opened its campus in Arrowhead Park in 1989 with a goal to give working adults the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees in through an accelerated schedule. The academic program, which began with coursework in business administration, was expanded in 1992 to include a health services major. Through the years, undergraduate coursework in psychology and accounting were added, as was graduate coursework in business, education and counseling.
Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers 32 majors, 30 minors and 10 pre-professional programs, awarding the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music degrees, as well as master’s degrees in education, counseling, business administration and music. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Heidelberg has been ranked for 26 consecutive years as one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.