WOODBURY, MN (May 16, 2016) – Globe University & Minnesota School of Business (GU/MSB) today announced a reorganization plan which includes some campus consolidations and a staff reduction. A better economy and the growth in online learning have made these changes necessary. The transition has been further complicated by a three year negative publicity campaign orchestrated by the Minnesota Attorney General.
“The Attorney General’s campaign has not only impacted our enrollment, but has also called into question the validity of the degrees of tens of thousands of our graduates who worked hard to accomplish their dream of a higher education, thereby only injuring students and alumni, the very groups she claims to represent. And now, her efforts have caused the loss of more jobs in Minnesota and beyond,” said Jeanne Herrmann, Chief Operating Officer.
The Colleges also have been impacted by significant changes in higher education over the past five years. The economic upturn has left fewer people seeking additional career training. Those individuals that remain are increasingly looking to online options for their education.
Globe University will be consolidating its Green Bay and Appleton campuses into one Appleton location, and its Madison East and West campuses into one East location effective June 30, 2016. Students at four Minnesota School of Business campuses in Lakeville, Brooklyn Center, Elk River, and Plymouth, Minnesota will be transitioned to other Twin Cities locations or online to continue their program. Lakeville students will transition by June 30, 2016. The rest will do so by the end of the year. Staff at each campus will be working with affected students individually to develop a personalized plan to help make the transition as seamless as possible. The reorganization has led to overall staff reductions of approximately 45 employees in Minnesota at the combined campuses and the corporate office in Woodbury.
“Our educational model and program offerings provide solutions to the skill gap in today’s workforce. Despite our reduced physical footprint, we remain committed to the same quality, career-focused education we have provided for more than 130-years,” said Jeff Myhre, CEO and third generation of family ownership. “While we are saddened to lose any of our wonderful employees, we believe these changes are necessary and will help us provide a more robust student experience.”
Globe University will continue to offer programs at campuses in Woodbury and Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Appleton, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison and Wausau, Wisconsin. Minnesota School of Business will retain campuses in Blaine, Richfield, Rochester and St. Cloud, Minnesota. Online programs will remain a staple for both schools.
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Globe University & Minnesota School of Business are part of a private, family-managed network of career colleges and universities in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Through passionate employees with a We Care mission, the colleges integrate career-focused education with applied-learning to expose students to real-world working environments. The colleges offer certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and graduate degree programs in career fields including business, accounting, health sciences, legal sciences, information technology, and veterinary technology. For more information, visit www.globeuniversity.edu