As enrollment falls and colleges close, a surprising number of new ones are opening

The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus
November 12, 2021
Some focus on market needs, others on students who have long been overlooked
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PORTLAND, Maine — The ergonomic chairs, glass-walled conference rooms, ubiquitous technology and smell of new carpets and fresh paint scream well-funded startup.
And that’s what the Roux Institute is: a brand-new university campus backed by $200 million of donated money.
The institute, which opened last year in borrowed space with sweeping views of Casco Bay in Portland’s fast-developing East End, is offering master’s degrees, certificates and professional training in computer science, data analytics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity and other subjects.