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February 4, 2019: Briefing Documents: Following Board Meeting

A Letter to the Hampshire Community from President Miriam Nelson

Dear Hampshire Students, Parents, Colleagues, Alums, Friends,

I’m writing to share with you some briefs that detail the factors weighed by the Board in reaching its decision Friday to admit only a small class of students this fall. The first document is a presentation I delivered last Thursday to an assembly of faculty, staff, and trustees. Titled “Hampshire’s Fiscal Reality: 1965-2019,” it summarizes the College’s historical financial hurdles, includes a timeline of developments from 2017 to the present, and concludes with details of our current fiscal and budget realities. A second document, "Board Briefing Packet 01-30-19," shared last week with a campus committee of faculty and staff, gives context on state regulations currently under consideration but not enacted, and accreditation standards that went into effect July 1, 2016. In addition, today Hampshire published its financial statement for Fiscal Year 2018, a report published every year at this time. 

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Miriam Nelson, President

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