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Morrison University to Close, Students Able to Transfer

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From Carrington College:

Carrington College, which offers programs that prepare students for careers in health care, has announced its Reno campus will accept eligible transfer students from nearby Morrison University, which plans to close its campus on Friday, August 29. 

In an effort to ensure local students have the opportunity to complete the certificate and degree programs started at Morrison University, Carrington has committed to limiting the total program charges incurred at Carrington so they will not exceed the total program charges identified on the student's Morrison University enrollment agreement, except in those instances where a student needs to repeat a Carrington course. 

Carrington College Reno has agreed to assist student transfers from Morrison University's medical assisting program that will be discontinued due to Morrison's financial situation. Students who qualify for transfer will be able to start their program at Carrington on October 6.

“We understand how much Morrison students have invested in their education and we want to honor their hard work and dedication by making their transition to Carrington College as seamless as possible, so they can graduate and go on to pursue their careers,” said Terrance Harris, executive director of Carrington College Reno.

Morrison University students qualifying for transfer credit must have completed their first term of courses and must meet Carrington's academic requirements. Some students may need to take additional courses in their new programs, which may extend their time in school.

Carrington College has also agreed to assist student transfers from certain Anthem College and Morrison University certificate and associate degree programs in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona; Sacramento and Citrus Heights, California; and Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. It is expected that several hundred students will be eligible for transfer from Anthem College and Morrison University campuses.

“Students from Morrison University will be welcomed at Carrington College and will receive the very same level of education, personal attention and service Carrington students expect,” said Harris.

Morrison University students currently enrolled in the medical assisting should call Carrington College at 888-720-5014 to discuss the transfer process. 

Original Story:

Students are coming to grips with the idea that their college may be closing and some are just a few weeks away from graduating.

Morrison University may be closing its doors after its parent company, Anthem Education, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, There is still hope for the school to stay open if it's sold to another company.

Channel 2 News went to Morrison University and students we spoke with said they are shocked and saddened by the news. They are hoping the problem can be resolved soon before the school closes.

Bryan Luce picked up his diploma from Morrison University this morning after finishing classes last Tuesday. In this case he got lucky. “It's a huge pressure off of me, you know with the situation that's currently happening. It's like 'woah, I made it!' Skin of my teeth type of thing,” said Luce.

Meanwhile, other students are scrambling after finding out this school may close due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
"(I was at) home recuperating," said Sandra Poirier. "I get a phone call. My friend says, 'what school did you attend?' I said Morrison. They said, 'they're closing the doors.' I said, 'excuse me?'"

“I know a lot of people that were in their last class because they were right behind me,” said Luce. “They're all kind of trying to figure out what's going on.”

Anthem is hoping to sell Morrison University and 13 other schools to International Education Corporation, based in California, through the Chapter 11 process. The problem with that is only five of those schools have been approved through the Department of Education, while the other nine, including Morrison still need to be approved before the sale is final. 

"We're told there was a one percent chance of that happening," said Jennifer Coleman.

If not, all nine schools not approved will be closed in the near future. 

“This isn't a planned thing. This isn't the student's fault, this isn't even the faculty's fault,” said Luce.

On top of that, several students say there could be issues transferring their credits to a new school. They're concerned they may need to start all over.

"All of our units that we've taken, classes are not transferable to other colleges because there's a different accreditation," Coleman said.

But Morrison officials say they are working with students to transfer their credits into other schools. A statement from the school in part said quote: "We are concurrently working hard to safeguard our students' education should we be forced to close the schools by actively seeking potential partners who would be willing to participate in an orderly 'teach out' or transfer process."

Students, like Jennifer Klein, told us it's only for certain programs.

"There's schools here that could possibly take new students," she said. "But, none for business, and that's what I'm here for."

Bryan says for the sake of his classmates, he hopes a solution is found and the school can find a way to stay open. “I mean there's a lot of students that just started here, so they're not as invested but there's also a lot of other students that are one, two, three classes from finishing. So I'm just hoping that the school stays open,” said Luce. “We had some really,really good professors here and so I felt like it was a good education system overall.”

The Department of Education is expected to make a decision Friday, August 29th on whether or not Morrison University is an approved school that will stay open.   

Full University Statement HERE:

“Our foremost goal has always been the well-being of our students. We remain hopeful that we will be able to complete our proposed sale of an additional 14 schools to International Education Corporation (IEC) through our Chapter 11 process. 9 of these 14 schools will be closed if we do not receive Department of Education approval for the transaction by Friday, August 29th.  This is why we are concurrently working hard to safeguard our students' education should we be forced to close the schools by actively seeking potential partners who would be willing to participate in an orderly ‘teach out' or transfer process.”

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