Globe University/Minnesota School of Business said Monday that it is closing campuses in Lakeville, Brooklyn Center, Elk River and Plymouth and moving students to other locations or online to continue their programs. About 45 people will lose their jobs at Minnesota campuses and the schools’ Woodbury headquarters.
Jeanne Herrmann, chief operating officer at Globe University, placed some of the blame on “a three-year negative publicity campaign orchestrated by the Minnesota attorney general,” according to a news release from the schools.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued the schools in 2014 alleging they used high-pressure and deceptive sales tactics to recruit students into programs that did not deliver on the promise of jobs.
The suit claimed, among other things, that many students enrolled in the schools’ criminal justice program only to discover their degree failed to qualify them to become police officers in Minnesota.
The trial began in early April and the judge has not yet issued a ruling.
“The attorney general’s campaign has not only impacted our enrollment, but has also called into question the validity of the degrees of tens of thousands of our graduates,” Herrmann said in the news release.
The release said Lakeville students will be moved by June 30; the others by the end of the year. It does not say how many students will be affected by the transition.
In addition, Globe University is consolidating four Wisconsin campuses into two — Green Bay and Appleton into one Appleton location, and Madison East and West into one East location, effective June 30.
Globe University will continue to offer programs at campuses in Woodbury and Minneapolis; Sioux Falls, S.D., and Appleton, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison and Wausau, Wis. Minnesota School of Business will keep its campuses in Blaine, Richfield, Rochester and St. Cloud.