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State Schools Urge Students Burned By Closing For-Profit Colleges To Give Them A Chance

A man walks out of the Art Institute at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham on Monday, July 2, 2018.
Elizabeth Baier

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wake Technical Community College are two public institutions encouraging students from three for-profit colleges to consider them for transfer this fall.

South University in High Point and the Art Institutes in Durham and Charlotte will close at the end of the year. Like other for-profit colleges, those schools attracted older non-traditional students, many of whom opted not to go to college right away.

UNCG Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Bryan Terry said he understands that these students are probably frustrated, but he encouraged them not to let the school closures derail their academic pursuits.

"Give us the opportunity to make them believers out of higher education again," said Terry. "That's really what the message is here."

He said the sooner students transfer to another college or university, the sooner they can get on track.

"Some of these courses that they've taken at South or at the Art Institute aren't going to count towards their degree. And you know, that's going to be a waste," said Terry. "We're going to do the best that we can to get as many of them as we can to count, but we just know that not all of them are going to count. So they're going to have to take some courses that haven't been part of their program that are going to be, sometimes, just difficult for them to get into."

Terry said UNCG is keeping the admissions office open late for the next few weeks to accommodate prospective students with day jobs. He said they'll will waive the application fee for students who wish to transfer from these closing for-profit colleges.

Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
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