Purdue offers assistance to St. Joseph's College students

(Photo: Facebook/St. Joseph's College)

RENSSELAER, Ind. (WTHR) - A private college in northwest Indiana is closing at the end of the school year.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels sent a letter on Friday to the president and provost of St. Joseph's College offering assistance to students.

Trustees voted to suspend activities at the main campus of St. Joseph's College at the end of the spring semester. The college will continue to operate their nursing program in Lafayette and possibly other degree programs that are held somewhere other than the campus in Rensselaer.

The school will use the suspension to try to overcome financial problems at the college.

"The temporary suspension of operations allows the possibility of something greater to come out of this decision, and to keep the mission of the College alive," Saint Joseph's College President Robert A. Pastoor, Ed.D. said in a news release. "Given the financial challenges that remain, we are heartened for our students, faculty, staff and alumni that the more-than-125 year tradition of outstanding higher education will continue in some form for Saint Joseph’s College."

The college is planning a "Teach-Out" process to help students find options to complete their education. The school will also offer support and counseling to students, faculty and staff to help them "process the emotions associated with the changes."

St. Joseph's College first opened its doors in August 1891.