October 23, 2019

Virginia College and Brightwood College suddenly close all locations

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Education Corporation of America, owner of a national chain of for-profit schools including Virginia College and Brightwood College in Maryland, is ending operations this week in the face of dwindling enrollment and regulatory pressures.

“This is not the outcome that we envisioned and is one that we recognize will have a dramatic effect on our students, employees and many partners,” Diane Worthington, a spokeswoman for Education Corp., said in a statement Wednesday.

The abrupt closure will leave some 20,000 students at more than 75 campuses scrambling to complete their education once the current term ends Friday. Worthington said the company, known by its acronym, ECA, will ensure students can access their transcripts to transfer to another school.

On its website, ECA promises students it will provide information within two weeks about transcript requests and recommendations on where to transfer. The haphazard planning has drawn the ire of the Education Department, which has been in talks with the company to create a transition plan for students, according to department spokeswoman Liz Hill.

Link to article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/12/06/virginia-college-brightwood-college-closing-for-profit-operator-cites-dwindling-enrollment/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bd3b51e1aebf

Education Corporation of America to close at least 26 campus locations

 

Education Corporation of America, a for-profit higher education provider with locations across the country, plans to close 26 campuses — a third of its current total — by early 2020. The closures would affect almost every chain of colleges operated by ECA, including Brightwood Career Institute, Brightwood College, Ecote

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ch Institute, Golf Academy of America and Virginia College. The company said it is ending enrollment of new students at those campuses immediately because of insufficient demand.

The closures come just a few years after ECA acquired 38 campuses owned by Kaplan College, another for-profit operator. They’re the latest evidence of restructuring in a sector rocked by regulatory crackdowns, negative publicity and falling enrollment as the economy continues to improve.

The closures are concentrated mostly in Southern states, with a handful in Arizona, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Texas. The colleges will begin a teach-out process — the formal planning for students to continue their programs elsewhere — and cease operations entirely between June 2019 and April 2020. Students who can’t complete their program of study before a campus closes can either transfer their credits or request a tuition refund.

Link to article: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/09/12/profit-chain-will-close-dozens-campuses

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