Last updated 10/19/2021
October 19, 2021
To Our Bloomfield College Community,
I want to sincerely thank those faculty, staff and students who were able to join me at the Town Hall today to discuss Bloomfield College’s financial challenges and the active planning taking place to ameliorate the current situation. Of course, I will continue to welcome your thoughts, ideas and concerns.
First, let me reiterate my appreciation for everyone’s hard work, and your unwavering commitment to our students and to the College. The conversation we had today was a difficult one, and I expect we will have a continuing dialogue over the coming months.
For those who were unable to attend the Town Hall, I would like to update you directly. We discussed the enrollment data that we have been sharing for some time that shows that Bloomfield College has been struggling with a decade-long decline in enrollment. The resulting financial challenges have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. And, Bloomfield is not alone. Many small private liberal arts colleges in the Northeast and across the country face similar challenges.
We at Bloomfield College have been unwavering in our work to support underserved student populations seeking access to higher education. This is why we announced to the campus community today that the College is going public with our pursuit of actively seeking major philanthropic donors and potential strategic relationships with like-minded higher education institutions to support the important mission of educating students who have been historically excluded from higher education, so they may realize their dreams of earning a college degree and advancing socioeconomically.
As New Jersey’s only Predominantly Black Institution (PBI), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Bloomfield College is committed to its mission of providing academic excellence in an individually supportive environment to lift up all students attending our College. In particular, Bloomfield College has evolved into a special place that at this point in our history sustains and nurtures Black and brown, and first-generation low-income students. With a median family income of below $32,000, our students are often some of the neediest students in the country and are the first in their families to pursue and earn a college diploma.
By publicly announcing our situation, we hope to solicit interest from new potential strategic partners and philanthropic benefactors who are passionate about advancing opportunities for the underserved population we predominantly serve. Bloomfield College provides its students and their families with the opportunity to achieve social and economic mobility that impacts them and the many generations that follow.
A press release may be found on our website.
We recognize that transparency is very important, and you can be assured that I will have more to share with you. But for now, please know that we appreciate your dedication and your past support. It is our strong desire that, as a close-knit community, we can continue to support one another as we work through this challenging time.
Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.