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New Hampshire college cancels fall classes

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Lebanon College in New Hampshire has canceled its fall semester, campus officials announced Tuesday, six days before classes were to begin.

“We have had to minimize operations and cancel all fall 2014 classes,” the private two-year college said on its website, www.lebanoncollege.edu , which featured only the brief announcement

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“All student concerns will be addressed by the administration, and students can expect additional notification within the next several days,” the announcement added.

The Valley News reported Tuesday that the school’s president, Ron Biron, said in an e-mail that the semester’s cancellation is likely “the first step toward closing” the college.

The newspaper reported that the college has struggled financially, and has failed to meet student enrollment goals.

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“We are saddened by the developments of this week and value our admin team, staff, faculty, alumnae, and current students who have made LC a wonderful institution in the Upper Valley,” a posting on the college’s Facebook page said.

According to federal Department of Education online data, the not-for-profit college enrolled just 150 students during the fall 2012 semester, the most recent data available. The college had more than 500 students a decade earlier, and nearly 1,000 in the mid-1980s.

The college opened in 1956 in Lebanon, which is on the Vermont border and about two hours northwest of Boston.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matt.rocheleau@globe.com.
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