Santa Fe University of Art and Design Provost Debra Tervala, along with two other representatives of Laureate, held a forum on Sept. 7 for any students wishing to attend and discuss the possible transfer of SFUAD’s ownership from Laureate to Raffles.
Raffles is based in Singapore but runs many art and design schools around the world. SFUAD would be its first in America if the sale is approved by state regulators—a decision that will be made before the end of December this year.
Multiple students voiced questions about how this anticipated transference will directly affect those attending the school. Chief Academic Officer for Campus-Based Institutions Karen Gersten addressed such concerns as a whole. She claimed that “Laureate and Raffles have worked diligently on a transition plan that will ensure that there will be no disruption in the services [or] policies for that period of time…there will be a timeline for transitioning things that are now managed by Laureate or paid for by Laureate.”