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Globe University to close Moorhead campus once current students graduate

Instructor Chad Harrison teaches Medical Terminology at what was then called the Minnesota Business College in 2008 in Moorhead. School officials announced Dec. 29, 2015 that it would close in late 2016 or early 2017. Jay Pickthorn/Forum News Service

MOORHEAD - Officials of Globe University have announced plans to close its Moorhead campus at the end of next year or early in 2017.

The college, formerly known here as the Minnesota School of Business, announced in an email to students and staff Tuesday that the college would no longer enroll new students and that the campus would close once current students have had the opportunity to complete their programs.

"As with many colleges across the country, our Moorhead location has seen a continuous decline in enrollment due to many factors including an improving economy and low unemployment rates, along with a declining number of high school graduates," the email stated.

Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams agreed that a thriving economy often has the opposite effect on higher education institutions. People are more apt to enroll in college during periods of high unemployment.

"In that respect, this announcement isn't particularly surprising, but it's sad for them," she said. "I'm sorry for the students and those who work there. I know they had some programs that were, I think, beneficial to our community, and that's a loss."

According to Forum archives, the university had 200 students enrolled in 20 programs earning associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in 2012. Its website lists programs such as accounting, business administration, massage therapy, veterinary technology, business administrative assistant and medical administrative assistant.

Only about 80 student are now enrolled, said Michelle Knoll Globe's senior marketing and communications manager.

"We want to make sure our students are always getting the best student experience," Knoll said. "When you only have 80 students on the campus, it's not what we want it to be for them."

The Moorhead campus has about 25 employees, with well over half of those serving as adjunct professors. This means they typically also work somewhere outside the university. Knoll said they will work with the remaining full-time employees over the next year to help them transition to other employment.

The Moorhead campus at 2777 34th St. S. was established as the Minnesota School of Business in 2008. It is owned by Global Education Network, which owns 10 other campuses in Minnesota, seven in Wisconsin and one in Sioux Falls, S.D. Those in Minnesota are typically known as Minnesota School of Business and those outside the state are known as Globe Universities. The Moorhead campus, however, changed its name to Globe University in 2013.

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