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Brown Mackie College To Close

KSAL Staff - June 10, 2016 2:15 pm

Brown Mackie has two campuses in Salina.

Brown Mackie has two campuses in Salina.

Brown Mackie Colleges across the country, including the school in Salina, are closing.

A company official from Education Management Corporation, the operator of chains that include Brown Mackie Colleges, told KSAL News that they are phasing out their Brown Mackie locations.

Brown Mackie is not closing immediately, but will in the near future. The schools are not accepting any new enrollment. They plan to “teach out” students who are currently enrolled, letting them finish their degree field study.

Though the schools are not closing immediately, some employees will be impacted immediately, specifically those who work in admissions.

The phase out of the Brown Mackie schools could last until June of 2018.

Including the Salina location, there are currently 26 Brown Mackie College locations in over a dozen states.

The original Brown Mackie College was founded in 1892 in Salina, as the Kansas Wesleyan School of Business. In 1938, two of its former instructors, Perry E. Brown and A.B. Mackie, incorporated the school as The Brown Mackie School of Business. The school was licensed by the Kansas Board of Regents to grant associate degrees in 1986. Between the 1930s and 1990s the school in Salina, and other schools that would later carry the Brown Mackie name, were managed by several different organizations before being purchased by American Education Centers in 1993. In 2003, Education Management Corporation acquired eighteen schools from AEC, including the original Brown Mackie College. The following year, EDMC rebranded all of the AEC schools under the Brown Mackie name. Throughout the mid-to-late 2000s EDMC expanded the Brown Mackie system through the construction of new Brown Mackie colleges.

The Brown Mackie location in Salina currently offers degrees in the fields of nursing, healthcare and wellness, business and technology, legal studies, construction trades, early childhood education, and veterinary technology. The school also participates at the junior college level in athletics featuring basketball, baseball, and softball.

Along with Brown Mackie Colleges, Education Management Corporation also operates Argosy University locations, the Art Institute locations, South University locations, and Western State locations.

Fred Fredrickson

June 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Because of its history in Salina, I hate to see Brown Mackie close. However, we can only hope this is the future of all, For-Profit, “Educational” institutions.
When you’re motivated by profits instead of public good you should be selling people widgets, not their future.

Gary Henderson

June 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Good riddance I say!
This POS school overcharged, undereducated and took advantage of thousands and thousands of students over the years who could not afford a “real” college education. They had more students fail and drop out by far then those that succeeded. And the ones that did graduate had a rude awakening upon going out in the real world; their college degree wasn’t worth the paper it was written on!!! A BM Diploma isn’t worth a dang thing in the real world. They had to go to a “real” college like KSU, KU or WSU to finish the education they needed to pursue their career. The time spent at BM was a complete waste of money and more importantly a complete waste of their precious time!!! Another reason to leave Salina…..;-).

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