WSCUC Approves Merger Of Ashford University And University Of The Rockies

Approval is first of several steps in the merger process

SAN DIEGO, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford University announced today that the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has approved its proposed merger with University of the Rockies.

Ashford University Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Ashford University)

"We're pleased to have reached this important first milestone in the merger process," said Dr. Craig Swenson, Ashford University president and CEO. "When the merger is complete, our two institutions will become a single comprehensive institution with an expanded number of program offerings, degree levels, and student pathways. It will also further strengthen our ability to serve employers as we work together to close the nation's skills gap."

The merger will bring together Ashford University's associate and baccalaureate programs, the master's programs offered by both universities, and the University of the Rockies doctoral programs.

"The faculty and staff at the University of the Rockies are excited about the opportunity to offer our doctoral programs on a broader scale through this merger," said Dr. Dawn Iwamoto, president and CEO of University of the Rockies. "The additional support available to our students through Ashford University's robust student service organization will also strengthen our ability to maintain the excellence of our doctoral programs."

"President Iwamoto and I are committed to ensuring a seamless transition for University of the Rockies students and making them feel at home at Ashford University," Dr. Swenson said. "We believe our institutions will be stronger together."

The proposal to merge the two institutions was announced on March 13, 2018. The merger is subject to additional approvals from state regulators and the U.S. Department of Education.

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