I'm a student at AI Schaumburg.
Two days ago, students received an email that basically said that our "host of options" were A:Finish your programs and graduate before December, B:Finish the rest of your college online, C:Go to another Art Institute location, or D:Finish college with a non-DCEH partner institution that they are working with.
OPTIONS THAT ARE REALLY AVAILABLE TO ME:
A: I can't graduate before december.
So option A is out.
B: The classes I need to take are not offered online. (Art School: You learn mostly by doing things, not watching a video of someone else doing them for you.)
So option B is out.
C: The closest other location is in Chicago. I don't have a car I can drive so I would be taking a bus, then a train, then walk. Commute will be anywhere between 4-6 hours a day. By the time I would get there and have finished my classes for the day, it would probably be night. Walking + train + bus at night in downtown Chicago. Theres a reason why people who live in Chicago came to schools outside Chicago. It just isn't very safe anymore. I wouldn't feel safe taking a trip like that into Chicago.
LAST RESORT!!! (SAFETY CONCERN)
D: Go to another school. Before I attended college, I looked at every school in the area and looked into their programs. None of the other schools in the area had what I wanted, thats why I chose the Art Institute in the first place. They had exactly what I wanted at a tuition I could afford. If I went to one of the non-DCEH partner institutions, my tuition might be higher, not all my credits may be transferable (that adds up to a lot of wasted time/money), I probably wouldn't graduate when I was supposed to, and (MOST IMPORTANTLY) they may not even have my program. Theres nearly no point in getting a degree in something I don't even want to be doing.
MAYBE. IF THEY HAVE MY MAJOR.
These options don't seem very favorable to me. IF a partner institution happens to have my major then I guess I will go there by default. If not, then it looks like I'll either have to take a chance on Chicago (despite my concerns about safety) or drop out.
Every other student is in the same position. Go wherever they find a place for us or head to Chicago. And I know for a fact that no one wants to go to Chicago right now. There are even a couple people who go to school at AI Schaumburg who lived in Chicago but didn't want to go to school there so they came to Schaumburg instead.
STUDENT HOUSING: I don't even know what is happening to everyone in student housing but I can only imagine that they're packing their bags and looking for somewhere else to live. From what I understand, housing is being closed down around the same time the school is.
STUDENT WORKERS: There are student workers at the school whose only income is from the school. Now they have to find other jobs fast. Some of the student workers had gotten jobs at the school to help pay tuition. I also know of two students who work at the school who have started LLCs and were relying on that income they were getting for the initial expenses of getting their companies off the ground. Now they suddenly don't have that anymore because they will all lose their jobs at anytime between now and December.
This happened very suddenly too. No one even expected it until we got that email. No one saw it coming, it was a complete blindside. We knew ownership of the school had changed but all we ever heard was that they planned on keeping things that same. We were changing to a not for profit school but things would be the same for everyone who was already there.
So much for that. Way to pull the rug out from under everyone DCEH.