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.