Willamette University adds Pacific Northwest College of Art as ‘fourth college’

The merger gives Willamette, the state’s oldest university, a stronger tie to Oregon’s largest city.

A 2016 file photo shows the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design in Portland, Ore. Oregon’s oldest university is taking over the region’s oldest arts college in a move designed to strengthen both schools, at a time of intense difficulty and financial strain for higher education institutions. Willamette University endured declining enrollment for several years , while the Pacific Northwest College of Art has struggled to remain afloat, enduring leadership changes and layoffs over the last […]

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