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University of Phoenix to close campuses

Officials say students will be unaffected by ‘teach-out’


The University of Phoenix is stopping on-campus enrollment and will close approximately 20 campuses across the country as part of a "teach-out" program.

The university has three Colorado locations: one in Lone Tree, one in Westminster and one in Colorado Springs.

A statement from the university addressed the changes.

"As our student base shifts, we continue to adapt and restructure as needed to improve our students' learning and career outcomes," the statement read. "We will continue to service current students at these locations, at other approved university locations or through our online programs, until they graduate. The university will allow students to determine whether they want to complete their education on campus or online."

It is not known how many students were enrolled for in-person or online classes at any of the campuses, or whether students preferring in-person instruction at any of the specific campuses will be able to attend classes there or would have to go to a different campus. Phone calls to the university were not returned.

In a letter to faculty obtained by the Phoenix Business Journal, university president Peter Cohen said shifting trends in online education precipitated the restructuring.

"We have seen enrollment at campuses decline due to an increasing number of students opting for online education, both with our university and across new online programs at other universities," Cohen said.

The university was owned and operated by Phoenix Apollo Education Group Inc. until a consortium of investors purchased the company in February for $1.1 billion.

The university began operating in 1976 and is accredited under the Higher Learning Commission, part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school offers online classes and in-person instruction, focusing on career training for nontraditional students pursuing an education while working. The university's website lists 73 campuses and learning centers in the United States.


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