Merger of Ashford University and University of the Rockies Finalized

U.S. Department of Education approves addition of University of the Rockies' degrees to Ashford University's program offerings and the closing of University of the Rockies

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford University announced today that following the approval by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) on June 29, 2018 to merge Ashford University and University of the Rockies, the United States Department of Education (Department) approved all the programs that were offered at University of the Rockies to be eligible for Title IV of the Higher Education Act at Ashford University effective October 5, 2018. The Department closed University of the Rockies on October 29, 2018. Along with the required corporate filings, this completes the merger of Ashford University and University of the Rockies.

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"We're pleased that this eagerly anticipated day has finally arrived, and we extend a very warm welcome to the students, faculty, and staff of University of the Rockies," said Dr. Craig Swenson, Ashford University president and CEO. "Bringing our two institutions together will create synergies that benefit students and enhance our ability to help employers close the national skills gap."

Dr. Dawn Iwamoto, University of the Rockies president and CEO said, "University of the Rockies students will now benefit from additional learning and support resources that come from being part of a larger institution, and Ashford students will benefit from the addition of doctoral-level programs and the expanded pathways available through combining the two universities. We pursued this merger because we believe that our institutions will truly be stronger together, and we can now move ahead to realize this goal."

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