KALAMAZOO, MI — A seven-year affiliation between Thomas A. Cooley Law School and Western Michigan University will end after a decision by WMU last week, as both institutions struggle with declining enrollment and financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
The partnership between the schools was recently dissolved by the university’s Board of Trustees. In a termination proposal approved by the board Thursday, Nov. 5, the university cited as reasons for the break-up efforts to narrow WMU’s focus and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted its finances. Both institutions declined to comment further on the partnership ending.
Both schools have seen a sharp decline in enrollment in recent years, and Western Michigan University leaders have acknowledged the additional financial impact coronavirus has had on the school.
The affiliation between Cooley and the Kalamazoo-based university began