The nursing school at New York University’s nursing program will close its doors next year as the university plans to shutter the academy and reduce enrollment to around 1,100 students, nursing professors told The New Yorker.
The academy’s dean and president, Dr. Richard L. Johnson, told The Times that the academy would end its three-year affiliation with the New York State Department of Health and the city’s public schools, which it had been affiliated with for more than 30 years.
“We are closing our doors and moving on to other things,” Johnson said in an interview.
“It is an absolute no-brainer.”
The academy has had about 500 students since it opened in 2006, and the faculty of nearly 500 is expected to be reduced by more than half.
The New Yorkers who will continue to study at the academy include nursing faculty and nursing assistants, and a growing number of students are enrolled in nursing programs at colleges and universities across the country.
The nursing academy’s president, Lillian L. Noyes, told the Times that she hopes to “create more opportunity for nursing students” by recruiting and retaining students in nursing-related fields.
Noys, who is also the dean of nursing at the University of California, San Diego, told Inside Higher Ed that she has been working on “the idea of moving the academy to a different location and possibly a different institution.”
She said that the nursing academy had already agreed to “open it up to other partners.”
The move will likely cost the school more than $600,000 a year, and Johnson said he was concerned about how the academy’s facilities and equipment would be used and what would happen to the students.
The school also announced that the school would no longer accept new applicants.
Johnson said that it was important to get a new campus open before any students graduated.
He said the academy has “no plans” to hire new staff to help with the transition.
The university, which began accepting applicants in the fall, said in a statement that it had not received formal requests for help.
“The academy is an important part of the community that serves New Yorkers, and we are committed to continuing to do so,” said a university spokesperson, Jennifer Rehder.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.