University of Phoenix Will Close Independence, Kansas City Learning Centers

Photo courtesy of Kansas City Business Journal

The University of Phoenix plans to close learning centers in Independence and in Kansas City’s Northland, part of an initiative that affects 115 locations and 800 jobs nationwide.

The closings will leave a main campus in Kansas City and a Lenexa learning center.

University of Phoenix’s parent, Phoenix-based Apollo Group Inc., announced the plans in conjunction with an annual report that indicated declining revenue and earnings. Total enrollment was down 13.8 percent. The moves will save an estimated $300 million.

Spokesman Rick Castellano said the closings would happen during fiscal 2013, which ends Aug. 31, subject to conversations with state accrediting bodies and others. But he emphasized that the university would be reaching out to the roughly 100 students affected and that students would be able to complete their degrees at those locations, nearby or online.

Read more at Kansas City Business Journal.

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