LI Business Institute to close; students offered enrollment at Empire State

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By Dan Sears

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Among this year’s announced closures from the New York State Education Department is Long Island Business Institute (LIBI), which is ceasing operations of its educational programs on Jan. 22. It was not clear why LIBI was closing; LIBN was unable to immediately reach anyone at LIBI.

Now, Empire State University, which is the State University of New York’s only online institution, is offering current LIBI students enrollment for the spring 2024 academic terms.

The closure of LIBI, with a campus in Commack, impacts about 500 current students. LIBI also has a campus in Flushing and Manhattan.

Almost 400 of LIBI’s current students have expressed completing their degrees with SUNY Empire.

SUNY Empire is now offering these students a “teach-out pathway” for those enrolled in LIBI’s accounting, business management, hospitality management, office technology (medical track), and office technology programs.

Additionally, LIBI’s court-reporting program is now located at Five Towns College.

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“We are working diligently to help our partners and colleagues at Long Island Business Institute ensure a smooth transition for their students,” Empire State University President Lisa Vollendorf said in a written statement.

“Empire State University is uniquely positioned to help LIBI’s students seamlessly transfer and keep them moving toward degree completion,” she added.

“We are saddened by the news of Long Island Business Institute closing, but we are pleased to be able to support its students in achieving their degree completion,” Empire State University Provost Nathan Gonyea said in a written statement.

“I am grateful for the support of Empire State University to ensure the academic wellbeing of Long Island Business Institute’s students,” LIBI President Monica Foote said in a written statement.

“Because of our longstanding partnership with SUNY Empire, we know our students are in good hands and will be provided with the resources they need and the level of support to which they are accustomed,” she added.

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Empire State University said it is committed to providing a seamless transition for LIBI students and ensuring they have the necessary resources and support to successfully complete their degrees.

LIBI remains in good standing with NYSED, holding permanent degree authority to award the degrees associated with all registered programs until its date of official closure, according to NYSED.

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