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What’s Next for Marlboro

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In November 2018, the Marlboro College Board of Trustees entrusted a task force, composed of faculty members, alumni and non-alumni trustees, senior staff, and a student, to navigate the search for strategic partners that would make Marlboro sustainable. This search led to the November 2019 agreement with Emerson College to explore an alliance that would sustain Marlboro faculty, students, and pedagogy at their Boston campus. This step was made necessary by the challenges shared with many other small colleges in New England, from rapidly changing demographics to evolving expectations for graduates.

If you are curious about developments in this agreement and the ensuing negotiations, you have come to the right place. We promise to post updates or related information here at least monthly, if not more regularly, depending on events. In the mean time, you are encouraged to send your own suggestions using the form to the left or see our Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Update on Marlboro College Campus

    May 28:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    May 28, 2020 Dear Marlboro Community, Thank you all for your perseverance and patience over this past year, a year unlike anything we wanted. As a community, we have been on a difficult and uncertain path since the College first announced ...
  • Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

    May 17:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Dear Marlboro College Class of 2020, I write to you on a day that we have all looked forward to, most especially each of you who have worked hard to arrive at this moment. Over the past four years ...
  • Campus Working Group Requesting Proposals

    March 26:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    DEADLINE THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020 Marlboro College has formed a College Campus Working Group (CWG) to solicit proposals and ideas for future use of the 533 acre campus in Marlboro, VT. The CWG has been meeting regularly to review proposals. ...
  • Trustees Receive Updates on Alliance

    March 6:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
      To the Marlboro Community on and off the Hill, The working groups mentioned in our December 14th update have continued to make progress on the Marlboro - Emerson alliance. We’d like to provide some updates to the community. Follow...
  • Marlboro Students Visit Emerson on Valentines Day

    February 20:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Early morning on the 14th of February, 40 students from Marlboro visited Emerson’s campus for Valentines day. Upon arrival, Emerson’s staff handed out purple bags full of Emerson-related goodies and split students into two groups for the day. T...
  • An Update from the Graduate School

    February 20:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    To: Graduate and Professional Studies Faculty From: Richard Glejzer, Provost and Dean of Faculty Date: February 14, 2020 Subject: Teach-Out Agreement between Marlboro College and Prescott College All of us at Marlboro recognize that thi...
  • Library Prepares to Digitize Plans

    February 3:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    In preparation for the planned partnership with Emerson College, Marlboro’s Rice-Aron Library is embarking upon a major project that will ensure the preservation of and continued access to students’ Plans of Concentration from all years. The li...
  • Emerson Student Life and Student Success Staff Meet with Marlboro Students

    January 29:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    On Monday, January 27, eight members of Emerson’s Student Life, Student Success and Admission staff visited Marlboro to share information with Marlboro students. The day started with an information session about the financial aid process, the opt...
  • Letter from the Board of Trustees

    January 17:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    To the Marlboro Community: Our communication circulated in December caused some confusion, and we owe you greater clarity. In addition to responding to Will Wootton’s challenge, we want to share with you how our primary activit...
  • Message to Students from President Quigley

    January 17:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Dear Marlboro Students: We look forward to welcoming you back on campus very soon. The campus is not the same without you. For many students who are considering transferring to the Marlboro Institute at Emerson, one challenge has been the differ...
  • Update from the Campus Working Group

    January 16:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Marlboro College has formed a College Campus Working Group (CWG), composed of select members of the board of trustees, Marlboro Town Select Board and college alumni representatives, and elected members of the college staff, faculty, and student bod...
  • Marlboro College Signs Transfer Agreements with Three other Institutions

    January 2:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Following the November announcement that Marlboro College is pursuing an alliance with Boston-based Emerson, the college announced that they also formed transfer agreements with three other colleges. Although most students will likel...
  • Board releases data in response to community interest

    December 20:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    During the December 14th special meeting of the Marlboro College Board of Trustees, the Board held a public comment period to hear the concerns of alumni, Marlboro townspeople, and other constituents regarding the college’s proposed merger with ...
  • Emerson faculty visit Marlboro to collaborate with future colleagues

    December 20:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    A delegation of Emerson College faculty visited on December 17 and 18 to meet with Marlboro students and faculty to begin charting out their future academic work at Emerson. Amy Ansell, dean of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary St...
  • Open Letter from Marlboro College Board of Trustees

    December 16:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    To the Marlboro Community on and off the Hill, We write today to provide an update on recent events and discuss plans for moving ahead. On December 14, more than 75 people gathered in Ragle Hall to share their views on the potential merger...
  • A Letter From Emerson President Lee Pelton

    December 14:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Addressed to Marlboro President Kevin Quigley: Dear Kevin, I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts on the Marlboro & Emerson alliance, whose formation is well under way. I applaud the Marlboro Board of Trustees for taking th...
  • Marlboro Faculty Visit Emerson Colleagues

    December 10:By Brenda Foley
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    A few weeks after the proposed merger with Emerson was announced, I still struggle to process the potential change and what it will mean to leave behind our beloved campus and colleagues. But I am heartened by the choice of Emerson College as a par...
  • Emerson Students Enjoy Thanksgiving Holiday at Marlboro

    December 2:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    In a spirit of good faith, a group of Marlboro students invited students from Emerson College to enjoy part of Thanksgiving break on Marlboro’s rural campus. Ten students from Emerson came to Marlboro for two nights, shared meals including Thanks...
  • Emerson Leadership Visits Marlboro Campus

    November 25:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    On November 20, five members of the Emerson College leadership visited Marlboro College to get to know faculty and students, answer questions, and get a feel for the mood of the campus around the proposed alliance. Emerson President Lee Pelton was ...
  • A Statement from Marlboro Faculty Regarding Merger

    November 19:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    As tenured and tenure-track faculty at Marlboro College, we support the current efforts to create an affiliation and explore a merger with Emerson College. Obviously, our first choice would be for Marlboro College to remain an independent and vital...
  • Working Groups Formed on Campus

    November 14:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Following quickly on the announcement of Marlboro’s merger with Emerson College, work has begun to establish a process that will determine more of the details related to establishing the Marlboro Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at E...
  • Emerson College and Marlboro College to Explore Alliance

    November 6:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Trustees at Emerson and Marlboro Approve Intent to Pursue Strategic Alliance, Targeting Confirmation by July 1, 2020­­ BOSTON, MA and MARLBORO, VTEmerson and Marlboro Colleges announced Marlboro’s intent, beginning in the Fall Term 2020...
  • Marlboro plans merger with Emerson College

    November 6:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Dear Marlboro Community, We are writing to share important news about Marlboro’s search for a strategic partner. Since early 2019, the Board of Trustees has sought a partnership that would preserve Marlboro’s mission and our commitment to ...
  • Work continues on options for Marlboro’s future

    October 15:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    The Strategic Options Task Force–comprised of the board chair, the president, four trustees, two faculty members, and one student–has been meeting regularly to review the options for Marlboro’s future, working closely with the Board of Trust...
  • Marlboro College ends merger discussions with UB, pursues other options

    September 13:
    Blog: What is Next for Marlboro
    Marlboro College and the University of Bridgeport today have suspended negotiations on a potential merger due to concerns around the sustainability of a merged institution. Both institutions worked diligently on a deal that would have seen Marlb...

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