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January 2017 Actions

Board of Trustees, January 18–19

Institutional Actions Council, January 23–24


The Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission took the following actions on January 18–19, 2017.

Arizona

University of PhoenixApproved a change of control, structure or organization for the institution to remain accredited following the transaction wherein Apollo Education Group (AEG) merges with Socrates Merger Sub, with AP VII Queso Holdings, LP, thereby becoming the parent of AEG and the ultimate parent of the institution.

Western International University, Approved a change of control, structure or organization for the institution to remain accredited following the transaction wherein Apollo Education Group (AEG) merges with Socrates Merger Sub, with AP VII Queso Holdings, LP, thereby becoming the parent of AEG and the ultimate parent of the institution.

Arkansas

Rich Mountain Community College, Approved a change of control, structure or organization for the College to remain an institution accredited by HLC after joining the University of Arkansas System.

Colorado

College for Financial Planning, Inc., Approved a change of control, structure or organization for the institution to remain accredited following the transaction wherein Apollo Education Group (AEG) merges with Socrates Merger Sub, with AP VII Queso Holdings, LP, thereby becoming the parent of AEG and the ultimate parent of the institution.


The Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission took the following actions on January 23–24, 2017.

 

Arizona

Arkansas

Colorado

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

New Mexico

Ohio

Oklahoma

South Dakota

West Virginia

Wisconsin

 

 

Arizona

Certificate Approval

Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, AZ

  • Dental Assisting Specialist Certificate

Approval of Request for Change

Mohave Community College, Kingman, AZ

  • Approved the institution’s request to open an additional location: Arizona State Prison Complex-Kingman, 4626 W. English Drive, Golden Valley, AZ 86414.

Arkansas

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR

Comprehensive Evaluation

Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, AR

  • Accepted the team report.

Non-financial Indicators

Southern Arkansas University Tech, Magnolia, AR

  • Concurred with the Financial Panel’s findings.

Approval of Request for Change

Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, AR

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Master of Arts in Teaching.

Colorado

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Morgan Community College, Fort Morgan, CO

Comprehensive Evaluation

Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO

  • Accepted the team report.

Community College of Aurora, Aurora, CO

  • Accepted the team report.

Approval of Request for Change

Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Bachelor of Science in Instructional Technology and Design and the Bachelor of Science in Software Development for Creative Technologies.

Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO

  • Approved the institution’s request to open six additional locations:
    • Flatrock Regional Training Center, 23600 E. 108th Avenue, Commerce City, CO 80022
    • Colorado State Patrol Academy, 15055 South Golden Road, Golden, CO 80401
    • West Metro Regional Training Center, 3535 S. Kipling Street, Lakewood, CO 80235
    • South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, 17801 E. Plaza Drive, Parker, CO 80134
    • St. Anthony Hospital, 34 Van Gordon Street, Suite 201, Lakewood, CO 80228
    • Rocky Mountain Chefs of Colorado, 5150 Allison Street, Arvada, CO 80002

Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad, CO

  • Approved request to open two additional locations:
    • Trinidad Correctional Facility, 21000 Highway 350, East Model, CO 81059
    • Primero School District, 20200 State Highway 12, Weston, CO 81091

Illinois

Staff Action Recommendation

City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL

  • Accepted the staff recommendation. 

Comprehensive Evaluation

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

  • Accepted the team report.

Focused Visit

Kendall College, Chicago, IL

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its financial issues.

Taylor Business Institute, Chicago, IL

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its financial issues.

Financial Indicators

Wheeling Jesuit University, Chicago, IL

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its financial issues.

Non-financial Indicators

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its non-financial indicator issues.

Approval of Request for Change

Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, IL

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Master of Public Health.

City Colleges of Chicago–Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant.

Lincoln College, Lincoln, IL

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Community and Human Services, Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.

Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

  • Approved the institution’s request for access to the Notification Program for Additional Locations.

Denied Request for Change

National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL

  • Denied the institution’s request to offer the Master of Science in Nutrition.

Robert Morris University-Illinois, Chicago, IL

  • Denied the institution’s request to offer the Bachelor of Science in General Science.

Indiana

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, IN

Financial Indicators

Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN

  • Required a focused visit on finances to be added as an emphasis to the institution’s 2017–2018 comprehensive evaluation.  

Approval of Request for Change

Franklin College, Franklin, IN

  • Approved the institution’s request to open an additional location: MSAT Athletic Training Lab, 66 Water Street, Franklin, IN 46131.

Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, IN

  • Approved teach-out plan for the closing of six additional locations:
    • Correctional Industrial Facility (CIF), 5124 W. Reformatory Road, Pendleton, IN 46064
    • Indiana State Prison, 1 Park Row, Michigan City, IN 46360
    • Miami Correctional Facility, 3038 W CR 850 S, Bunker Hill, IN 46914
    • New Castle Correctional Facility, 1000 Van Nuys Road, New Castle, IN 47362
    • Pendleton Correctional Facility, 4490 W. Reformatory Road, Pendleton, IN 46064
    • Westville Correctional Facility, 5501 S 1100 W, Westville, IN 46391

Trine University, Angola, IN

  • Approved the institution’s request to open an additional location: Trine University – Melaka Education Center, Lot 1838 Mukim Bukit Katil, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia.  

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

  • Approved request to offer the Associate of Science with Concentration in Aviation.
  • Approved request for a contractual agreement with Eagle Aircraft to offer the Associate of Science with Concentration in Aviation.

Iowa

Approval of Request for Change

Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Associate of Science in Manufacturing Technology and Associate of Science in Agriculture: Farm Operations and Management.

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Master’s of Athletic Training, and Bachelor of Applied Science in Tactical Emergency Services with Vulnerable Populations.
  • Approved request to open two additional locations: 
    • North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), 500 College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401
    • Shanghai Wei Qian Culture Communication Co. Ltd, Room 905-906, Building 1, Fudan Science and Technology Park, No 2539, Songhuajiang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China

Kansas

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Focused Visit

Central Christian College of Kansas, McPherson, KS

  • Affirmed that the institution has demonstrated sufficient evidence that it has addressed the concerns related to institutional planning and institutional finances.

Non-financial Indicators


Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, KS

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its non-financial indicator issues.

Approval of Request for Change

Brown Mackie College – Salina, Salina, KS

  • Approved teach-out plan for the closing of the institution effective June 30, 2018.

Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Master of Arts in Leadership and Innovation and Master of Accountancy.

Washburn University of Topeka, Topeka, KS

  • Approved the institution’s request to open an additional location: Washburn Tech Academy of Cosmetology, 109 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66611.
  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership.

Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS

  • Approved the institution’s request to open an additional location: Butler Community College, 715 E. 13th Street, Andover, KS 67002.

Michigan

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron, MI

Comprehensive Evaluation

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Mount Pleasant, MI

  • Accepted the team report.

Financial Indicators

Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its financial issues.

Non-financial Indicators

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its non-financial indicator issues.

Approval of Request for Change

Baker College, Flint, MI

  • Approved request to change the academic calendar from quarters to semesters.

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

  • Approved the institution’s teach-out plan for the closing of the Fayetteville County – Lafayette Educational Center, 205 Lafayette Avenue, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI

  • Approved the institution’s request to open two additional locations:
    • Culinary & Allied Health Building, 418 E. Walnut Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    • Food Innovation Center, 224 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ph.D. in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science.

Minnesota

Financial Indicators

White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, MN

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its financial issues.

Approval of Request for Change

Rasmussen College, Bloomington, MN

  • Approved the institution’s teach-out plan for the merging of the Rasmussen College-Appleton branch campus, 3500 E. Destination Drive, Appleton, WI 54915, into the Green Bay branch campus.

South Central College, North Mankato, MN

  • Approved the institution’s request to open two additional locations:
    • Cambria USA, 805 E. Enterprise Dr., Belle Plaine, MN 56011. 
    • Minnesota Correctional Facility, 1101 Linden Lane, Faribault, MN 55021.

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

  • Approved the institution’s request for a renewal of a contractual arrangement with St. Cloud Hospital School of Diagnostic Imaging, Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital/School of Radiologic Technology, Sanford Medical Center, Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, and Marshfield Clinic – Division of Education School of Radiography to offer the Bachelor of Radiologic Technology.

Missouri

Certificate Approval

Drury University, Springfield, MO

  • Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Trainings Class A License

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, MO

Approval of Request for Change

Wentworth Military Academy and College, Lexington, MO

  • Approved teach-out plan for the closing of an additional location: Hermitage, 302 E. Polk Street, Hermitage, MO 65668.

Denied Request for Change

Global University, Springfield, MO

  • Denied request to offer the Associate of Arts in General Studies.

Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, MO

  • Denied the institution’s request for a contractual agreement with the Southern Institute of Forensic Science (SIFS) to offer the Master of Applied Science and Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigations.

Westminster College, Fulton, MO

  • Denied request to initiate distance delivery.

Nebraska

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Focused Visit

Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE

  • Affirmed that the institution is addressing the concerns related to Board and faculty governance, assessment and Flexxive program.

New Mexico

Denied Request for Change

Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint, NM

  • Denied the institution’s request to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Law Advocacy.

Ohio

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Eastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville, OH

Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH

Comprehensive Evaluation

Capital University, Columbus, OH

  • Accepted the team report.

God’s Bible School and College, Cincinnati, OH

  • Accepted the team report.

Focused Visit

Owens Community College, Perrysburg, OH

  • Affirmed that the institution is addressing the concerns related to finances that addresses the specific concerns noted in the Financial Panel Analysis of February 1, 2016.

Financial Indicators

Central State University, Wilberforce, OH

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its financial issues.

Cincinnati Christian University, Cincinnati, OH

  • Required interim monitoring.

Approval of Request for Change

Otterbein University, Westerville, OH

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics.

Owens Community College, Perrysburg, OH

  • Approved the institution’s request for a contractual arrangement with United Association (UA) Plumbers & Pipefitters to offer the Associate of Technical Studies.

Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH

  • Approved the institution’s request to open an additional location: Dublin Police Department, 5600 Post Rd., Dublin, OH 43017.

Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Bachelor of Music in Performance.

Oklahoma

Comprehensive Evaluation

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

  • Accepted the team report.

Financial Indicators

Connors State College, Warner, OK

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its financial issues.

Non-financial Indicators

Langston University, Langston, OK

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its non-financial indicator issues.

Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Affirmed that the institution continues to address its non-financial indicator issues.

Approval of Request for Change

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK

  • Approved to offer distance education courses.

South Dakota

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD

West Virginia

Certificate Approval

BridgeValley Community and Technical College, South Charleston, WV

  • Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef

Comprehensive Evaluation

Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV

  • Accepted the team report.

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV

  • Accepted team report with modifications.

Financial Indicators

BridgeValley Community and Technical College, South Charleston, WV

  • Concurred with the Financial Panel’s findings.

Approval of Request for Change

Salem International University, Salem, WV

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Master of Science in Nursing.

Wisconsin

Approval of Request for Change

Nicolet Area Technical College, Rhinelander, WI

  • Approved the institution’s request to open two additional locations:
    • Forest County Potawatomi Community – Executive Building, 5416 Everybody’s Road, Crandon, WI 54520
    • Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel, 618 State Hwy 32, Wabeno, WI 54566

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI

  • Approved the institution’s request to offer the Doctorate of Education in Educational Sustainability.
 

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