St. Bonaventure University and Hilbert College have announced the institutions will jointly explore options to expand a partnership that has existed for 20 years.
What that specifically entails is uncertain but officials that the high education landscape in Western New York and throughout the eastern U.S. is bound for change, and they want to position their institutions to embrace that change. A statement from the presidents of St. Bona and Hilbert said the board of trustees at each institution have approved a feasibility study to determine if the two institutions should expand their unique collaboration in academic programs, facilities and operational practices. That study, officials said, could lead to a strategic plan for "some form of further strategic alliance" between the two institutions.
"While the feasibility analysis is a 'discovery process,' we wouldn't be investing in this effort if we didn't think there were likely some ways in which St. Bonaventure and Hilbert College could collaborate more closely and achieve greater synergies," said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D, president of St. Bonaventure, and Cynthia Zane, Ed.D, president of Hilbert College, in a joint statement.
A video statement on the study is available here.
St. Bonaventure, a Franciscan university has enrollment of more than 2,200 students - 1,837 undergraduate, 422 graduate.
Hilbert, a private college founded in 1957, has 1,100 students enrolled.