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Brown Mackie College was a system of for-profit colleges located in the United States. The colleges offered bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and certificates in programs including early childhood education, information technology, health sciences, and legal studies. Brown Mackie's schools were most recently owned by Education Management Corporation (EDMC).
A bachelor's degree or baccalaureate is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to seven years. In some institutions and educational systems, some bachelor's degrees can only be taken as graduate or postgraduate degrees after a first degree has been completed. In countries with qualifications frameworks, bachelor's degrees are normally one of the major levels in the framework, although some qualifications titled bachelor's degrees may be at other levels and some qualifications with non-bachelor's titles may be classified as bachelor's degrees.
An associate degree is an undergraduate degree awarded, primarily in the United States, after a course of post-secondary study lasting two or three years. It is a level of qualification between a high school diploma or GED and a bachelor's degree.
An academic certificate is a document that certifies that a person has received specific education or has passed a test or series of tests.
In 2016, 22 of 26 campuses started closing as Brown Mackie's parent company faced major legal and financial problems related to consumer fraud.
Several Brown Mackie colleges were nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, which subsequently lost its accreditation power.
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is a non-profit education corporation that is recognized by the United States Department of Education as an independent and autonomous national accrediting body. ACICS was established in 1912. It accredited 245 institutions of higher education offering undergraduate and graduate diplomas and degrees in both traditional formats and through distance education. ACICS is incorporated in Virginia and operates from offices in Washington, D.C. Concerns about the quality of its accreditation led the U.S. Department of Education to withdraw the accreditor's recognition in 2016 but the decision was remanded to Secretary of Education DeVos in March 2018 for further review. While that review is under way, the organization's accreditation remains valid.
On June 11, 2016, it was announced that 22 of 26 Brown Mackie campuses were closing.The Akron campus was closed in September 2006. The remaining campuses were sold in 2017.
The original Brown Mackie College was founded in 1892 in Salina, Kansas,as the Kansas Wesleyan School of Business. In 1938, two of its former instructors, Perry E. Brown and A.B. Mackie, incorporated the school as The Brown Mackie School of Business. The school was licensed by the Kansas Board of Regents to grant associate degrees in 1986.
Salina is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 47,707. Located in one of the world's largest wheat-producing areas, Salina is a regional trade center for north-central Kansas. It is home to multiple colleges.
Alexander Brown Mackie was an American college professor, business college founder, and college sports coach.
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Between the 1930s and 1990s the school in Salina, and other schools that would later carry the Brown Mackie name, were managed by several different organizations before being purchased by American Education Centers (AEC) in 1993.In 2003, Education Management Corporation (EDMC) acquired eighteen schools from AEC, including the original Brown Mackie College. The following year, EDMC rebranded all of the AEC schools under the Brown Mackie name. Throughout the mid-to-late 2000s, EDMC expanded the Brown Mackie system through the construction of new Brown Mackie colleges.
Education Management Corporation ("EDMC") was a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based operator of for-profit post-secondary educational institutions in the United States and Canada. The company was founded in 1962. Education Management Corporation has operated 110 schools through its two higher education divisions: The Art Institutes, and Brown Mackie College.
In 2011, investigations into the recruiting practices of the school were launched by the Attorneys General of Kentucky and Indiana.
Beginning in the spring of 2012, Brown Mackie began a pilot program to test the use of iPads and e-textbooks in place of traditional textbooks. Later the program was expanded to all 28 schools in the system. In preparation for the transition, Brown Mackie partnered with Apple Inc. to train faculty members help students with the iPads. By February 2013, 13,000 Brown Mackie students were participating in the program.
In 2014, Brown Mackie College teamed up with the Smart Horizons and Cengage to recruit low-income high school dropouts for high school completion. The program would be offered at Brown Mackie schools in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, Phoenix, St. Louis, North Canton, and Louisville.
In June 2016, parent company Education Management Corporation announced plans to close 22 of 26 Brown Mackie campuses.The last three campuses were sold to Ross Medical Education Center in 2017.
Brown Mackie colleges offered degrees at the bachelor's and associate level as well as academic certificates.Areas of study at the schools included early childhood education, information technology, health sciences, and legal studies.
In May 2013, Education Management Corporation reported that it owned 28 Brown Mackie College campuses with a total enrollment of 17,000 students.More recent numbers are unavailable. According to Brown Mackie's website the system has "over 25 schools."
The official mascot for the Brown Mackie College-Salina teams was the Lions.The Lions participated in three sports: baseball, basketball, and softball. The Lions were part of the NJCAA and were an affiliate member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
The Kansas City campus (Overland Park, Kansas) briefly fielded athletic programs under the nickname "Cougars."
In 2015, EDMC, Brown-Mackie's parent company, agreed to forgive more than $100.8 million in student loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students.
In 2016, eleven former Brown Mackie nursing students in Tucson, Arizona, sued the school for consumer fraud. The plaintiffs alleged that the poor training they received left them unable to be gainfully employed.The plaintiffs expected to graduate in 2015 until a state nursing board investigation found some of the school's faculty were unqualified and were using veterinary supplies to teach students how to care for human patients. The Arizona nursing board barred the Brown Mackie students from taking the practical nurses licensing exam and ordered the school to retrain the students at the company's expense.
Thousands of former Brown Mackie College students will receive loan forgiveness as part of a legal settlement with the US government. Part of the settlement forgives more than $100 million in student loans to students who left Brown Mackie within 45 days of their first term between 2006 and 2014. Each qualifying former student and each of the credit reporting agencies were to be notified of the settlement, and the settlement will be paid through 2022.
Kansas State University (KSU), commonly shortened to Kansas State or K-State, is a public research university with its main campus in Manhattan, Kansas, United States. Kansas State was opened as the state's land-grant college in 1863 and was the first public institution of higher learning in the state of Kansas. It had a record high enrollment of 24,766 students for the Fall 2014 semester.
The University of Phoenix (UOPX) is a for-profit university headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1976, the school confers certificates and degrees in over 100 certificate programs and degree programs at the certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree levels. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has an open enrollment admission policy, requiring a high-school diploma, GED, or its equivalent as its criteria for admissions. In 2017, the school's parent company, Apollo Education, was acquired by Apollo Global Management, an American private equity firm.
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