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Hampshire College Reaccredited After Tumultuous Year

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Hampshire College has been reaccredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

After a year of controversial survival plans and changes in leadership, the financially faltering college cleared a major hurdle by receiving another two years of accreditation on Friday. President Ed Wingenbach said it was a confirmation of work Hampshire undertook starting this summer.

“We have brought our expenses in line with our predictable sources of revenue once we have a full enrollment," the president told WAMC. "And that’s been a key issue for Hampshire, getting cost in alignment with revenue.”

He also credited a clear plan to return to full enrollment after Hampshire did not take a fall class in 2019, as well as a $60 million fundraising plan starting December 3rd.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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