'With deepest regrets': Kalayaan College shuts down after 22 years

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Kalayaan College logo superimposed on its building. (Photo: Kalayaan College/Facebook)
Kalayaan College logo superimposed on its building. (Photo: Kalayaan College/Facebook)

More than two decades after it was established by University of the Philippines (UP) professors, private institution Kalayaan College (KC) is ceasing operations, citing continued financial losses due to declining enrolment and exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.

The decision was taken "with heartfelt feelings and faced with no other options", said college president Ma Olivia Z Domingo in a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday (July 5).

The decision will become final once it is ratified by a majority of its stockholders. The college has informed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of its impending closure and will abide by the agency's requirements.

As Kalayaan College winds down operations, it will:

  • Offer a limited number of general education and major courses for senior-level students with a few remaining courses, to enable them to complete their degree programs. These courses will be offered online from next month.

  • Non-senior students may enrol in these courses, but with no guarantee that their degree programs will be completed.

  • Allow senior students whose remaining courses will not be offered by the college to cross-register in other schools, in order to complete their degree programs

  • Immediately process the transfer records of students once they have fully settled their financial obligation

  • Continue to let eligible students to view their grades, register online or inquire about their academic statuses

  • Transfer all students' academic records to the appropriate office assigned by CHED.

"The Board apologizes for this short notice and extends its gratitude to all students and parents who put their trust in Kalayaan College," added Domingo.

According to The Philippine Star, Kalayaan, located in Manga Road, Quezon City, was meant to serve as an institution to provide quality tertiary education to those who did not pass the UP admissions exams. Under a memorandum of agreement with UP's Diliman campus, the KC faculty comprises UP professors and teachers.

Kalayaan College is not the only educational institution hard hit by the pandemic.

Last year, St. Joseph College of Bulacan announced its permanent closure after academic year (AY) 2020 to 2021. It has also faced declining enrolment and financial issues, as well as increased competition from public schools.

In 2020, the century-old College of the Holy Spirit Manila said that it would cease operations at the end of the AY 2021 to 2022.

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