As Deadline Nears, Local School Shuts Down; Students Angry, Uncertain

RENO, NV - The clock is ticking down on Reno's Morrison University.
The school is preparing to close and neither its owners nor state officials seem to have answers for its 400 students.

Anthem Education is trying to sell Morrison and several other schools as part of a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy plan. The sale, however, needs the approval of the Department of Education. Anthem spokesmen say if they don't receive it by Friday morning, August 29, 2014, they're out of business.

There appears to be little chance of an 11th hour reprieve. Vending machines and other fixtures were being removed Thursday.

All this has come as a sudden shock to the students, who only began learning about the potential closure Tuesday. August 26. Some were only weeks from getting degrees. Now they're left with all kinds of questions about their options and they're apparently getting few answers.

Anthem said in a statement to KOLO 8 Wednesday it was "actively seeking potential partners who would be willing to participate in an orderly ‘teach out’ or transfer process.” But Thursday, they told us they had no updates to report.

Some students, particularly those in the medical or health management fields, may find their credits transfer to Career College of Northern Nevada or Carrington College, but others, particularly those in Business Administration, face an uncertain path.

UNR offers little hope. Students could enroll there, but since Morrison was not regionally accredited, they might be unable to take their credits with them. "Their credit may or may not transfer as departments must review each case individually," says UNR's Melisa Choroszy, associate vice president of enrollment services. "If credits do transfer, they are limited to lower division and core. Spring applications open mid-September, but most Morrison students who will try to transfer will be starting all over again if they come to the university.”

Truckee Meadows Community College says it will work with students individually and some credits might transfer, but its fall term is already starting, and though students could still enroll late, they'd need transcripts quickly.

Morrison students tell us the school has refused to give them transcripts.

One entity has yet to offer any answers at all. The Nevada Commission on Post Secondary Education oversees private schools like Morrison. Repeated attempts to contact its office in Las Vegas have gone unanswered.


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