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by Laura Plunkett

Commitment to Provide Educational Continuity to Former Students from The College of New Rochelle

– Following the March 2019 agreement between Mercy College and The College of New Rochelle (CNR), Mercy College is pleased to announce it has negotiated a lease to continue to teach students at the former CNR Brooklyn Location.

The commitment to staying at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn for the next academic year will provide students instructional continuity in a familiar location so they do not lose time, motivation or money in achieving their college degree. It will also allow Mercy to strengthen its relationship within the community to serve as a resource for providing a high-quality education.

The College has also received approval to teach most CNR academic programs, has made offers to hire more than 70 faculty and staff and has negotiated additional leases for the New Rochelle and Harlem Location formerly used by CNR for the upcoming academic year.

Mercy College will be providing support at each location to assist with the transition, including health and wellness support, on-site academic and student engagement. As of September 2019, Mercy College will become the repository for transcripts and records for former CNR students and has hired Eileen Niedzwiecki, formerly of CNR, to manage CNR alumni relations.

“Mercy is happy to provide educational and location continuity for former CNR students in Brooklyn and prevent obstacles that would impact students’ degree standings. As the VP for the Manhattan Campus and Harlem and Brooklyn Locations, I am looking forward to connecting with community boards, churches, community organizations, school districts, chambers and other entities with deep ties to the community,” said Brian Johnson, Vice President of Manhattan, Harlem and Brooklyn. “In doing so, I hope to partner in a number of ways where we explore opportunities about how Mercy College can bring quality higher education to meet the needs of community members in Brooklyn. Beyond this, we seek to have a presence at community events where both traditional and non-traditional students can learn more about Mercy College and its offerings.”

About the Mercy College/CNR Agreement
The agreement pertains only to the CNR student body being given the opportunity to seamlessly integrate into Mercy College. It is not an acquisition, merger of, or partnership between the two
institutions, and Mercy College is not assuming any level of ownership of CNR, or any responsibility for its debts or financial obligations.

About Mercy College
Founded in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy College is an independent, coeducational college that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The vibrancy of the College culture is sustained by a diverse student body from around the region. The College offers campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan and Yorktown Heights with additional teaching locations in New Rochelle, Brooklyn and Harlem as well as online offerings.