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Dynamic Chiropractic – January 28, 2002, Vol. 20, Issue 03
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Marycrest International University to Close

Its Affiliate - Colorado College of Chiropractic - Will Not Be Affected, Officials Say

By Editorial Staff

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Marycrest International University has announced that it will close its doors at the end of the spring 2002 semester. The main factor for the decision was not enough enrollment to cover operational costs. This untenable financial position caused the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to recently place the school on probation. The agency pointed to not enough spending on faculty development or upgrades to the campus infrastructure. A nonprofit corporation operates the university.

What does this have to do with chiropractic? In 1990, Marycrest affiliated with the Teikyo University Group, a member of the University Network for International and Technological Education Consortium. Teikyo is comprised of foundations, undergraduate and graduate universities and a number of specialized schools and institutions, including the largest private medical school in Japan. In the U.S., Teikyo owns Post University in Connecticut, and Loretto Heights University in Denver, Colorado, which is home to the Marycrest Colorado College of Chiropractic (CCC).

Despite the woes at Marycrest International, CCC will remain open.

"While it is unfortunate for Marycrest and we sympathize with their situation, the closing of their campus will not affect the Colorado College of Chiropractic," said Tammy Brown,DC, an administrator at CCC. "We have been working with Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut, another member of the Teikyo University group, for the past few months and they will be taking over the role that Marycrest held for us. They are a larger school, and more equipped to handle our needs as we continue to grow," Dr. Brown explained.

Dr. Brown noted that CCC's enrollment has doubled in its second year, and the fall 2002 class is expected to be the largest yet.

Marycrest International University (MIU) began as Marycrest College, a Catholic college for women in 1939, and became coeducational in 1969. It evolved to offer programs in undergraduate and graduate professional preparation in the fields of nursing, education, computer science/graphics and social work.

The closing of MIU is witness to the decline of the Teikyo Group in the U.S. Teikyo owned five U.S. colleges in the early 1990s, but is now down to just two.

MIU President Mr. Pascal DeLuca said that Marycrest would help place students in other colleges and assist the 130 staff and 34 full-time faculty members in job-hunting.



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