A message from Dan Kelting, interim president of Paul Smith’s College:
Last night an erroneous news story circulated that Paul Smith’s College was tasked with creating a “closing plan.”
Let me be clear, Paul Smith’s College has no plans to close. In fact, we continue to strengthen our world-class programs, like culinary, forestry, and climate/sustainability and are excited to welcome our incoming and returning students this fall.
In August 2022, like many other colleges and universities, Paul Smith’s College was a target of a cyberattack that impacted many of our IT systems, including financial aid. Those systems have been rebuilt to state-of-the-art standards. In January 2023, an independent expert confirmed that the improved cyber security infrastructure of Paul Smith’s College is sound.
However, because of the cyberattack Federal Student Aid put the college on Heightened Cash Monitoring (HCM)—a more robust review of our financial aid programs. This triggered an automatic process with our accreditor, Middle States, to require what is known as a “teach out” plan.
This process, merely a precaution, requires us to ensure that in the drastic event we needed to close, that we would have a plan to ensure every student had options to complete their education. The details of the plan, once approved, would be shared publicly but includes a comprehensive communication plan for all stakeholders.
Let me reiterate, we have no plans to close. Just two weeks ago, the New York State Education program approved our new Associates in eSports Management. We expanded our culinary program to Manhattan with a new certificate program. We are preparing to undergo a major infrastructure project to address outdated piping. We continue to recruit the next class of Smitties well beyond next year. And with all of this, we continue to show our North Country grit.
We are near the end of another academic year, with capstone presentations, commencement, and other activities right around the corner. This should be a celebratory time and hope that we rally together as a campus.
Paul Smith’s Forever.