Economic downturn means major changes at Crichton College - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Economic downturn means major changes at Crichton College

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The economic crisis is forcing Crichton College to make some major changes, which for some students will mean the difference between night and day.

Thursday, out side the college's student center, some were expressing sadness about a sign on the wall that says only night classes will be offered to students next fall.

"They shouldn't have this opportunity taken away from them," student George Harris said. "I don't think it's right."

However, according to officials at Crichton, the downturn in the economy and a sharp decrease in donations has left them with no choice.  Next fall, the school will focus on the growing demand nationwide to for nighttime class schedules.

"We've got a lot of adults and traditional students who need to better themselves, but they also have to work, and so day programs are not as effective," Crichton V.P. Larry Linamen said.

However, the new change will also eliminate basketball and other sports at Crichton, dashing the hopes of students who enrolled in the hope of making a team.

"I'm not mad at anybody," student Nathan Guess said. "It's just sad that it had to happen."
Crichton officials say next year you'll see a greater emphasis on online classes, as well as an expanded adult curriculum.

"It works for me," student Anthony Sledge said. "Fortunately, I have a job that is flexible enough. I've been going at night and its been pretty beneficial to me."

Crichton officials hope as students learn more about what the school will offer, they will see the change as a necessary part of a struggling economy.

The school plans to issue more information in the coming days on its website, which you can visit by clicking here.

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