Graduate Students

American InterContinental U. to Close Its Troubled Los Angeles Campus

February 20, 2008

American InterContinental University, an arm of the Career Education Corporation, has announced plans to gradually close down its troubled Los Angeles campus.

The branch came under criticism in 2006, when dozens of former students, faculty members, and administrators told The Chronicle that officials there were misleading students and recruiting and admitting students who were not qualified.

American InterContinental, known as AIU, said in a news release that it would begin a gradual “teach-out” of the campus, but gave no date for its closing. Under a teach-out, no new students are admitted.

In December, AIU was removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nonetheless, George Miller, AIU’s chief executive officer, said in a statement that “the impact of a two-year probation, coupled with the current market for AIU’s programs in Los Angeles, is such that the student population at the campus has decreased significantly, and likely will not reach the sustainable level necessary to support the addition of new programs and necessary resources.”

On Friday, the Career Education Corporation, the parent company, announced that it would teach out nine other colleges that it owns. —Goldie Blumenstyk