The phrase comes from a letter linked to from the APA main site. The letter was written by the President of Howard to Anthony Appiah. And that sounds good, I guess, until one asks what is left open. For example, can the department be “not closed” if it is merged with one or more others, with perhaps just one or two tenured philosophy faculty members?
We’ve written about the threat to the department before, and there are interesting links in previous posts. As far as I can see, there isn’t any rejoicing over the end of a battle.