Country's First Four-Year Latino Focused Certified University To Close Its Doors

The board of directors of the National Hispanic University in San Jose, Calif., announced on Thursday that the school will close as a four-year college at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

A statement posted on the NHU website on Thursday declared: “After a deliberative review process, the Board has determined that because the university continues to face significant ongoing regulatory and financial challenges, the institution cannot operate as it has in the past.”

It was founded as a two-classroom college in 1981 in Oakland, Calif., by B. Roberto Cruz, a Stanford education professor who was appalled at the low number of Hispanics who enrolled in California universities.

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