University of Phoenix to close Wichita campus

10/18/2012 12:00 AM

10/17/2012 10:17 PM

The University of Phoenix Wichita facility is one of 115 campuses nationwide set to be phased out, according to university spokesman Alex Clark.

“The reason is, very simply, most students are choosing to go online,” Clark said of the closings.

The for-profit university’s Wichita campus, 3020 N. Cypress, currently has about 100 students enrolled who physically attend classes. The student resource center at 2441 N. Maize Road will also be affected.

It is unclear exactly when the facility will close. University officials said the campuses that are closing will no longer enroll new students but will continue to provide classroom learning until students who are currently enrolled complete their degrees.

Students will be able to continue to enroll in online courses.

“It’s going to take as long as it takes to phase out for students in classroom setting,” he said.

Clark said he did not know how many students locally have chosen to take courses online instead of in a classroom, and he did not have historical enrollment figures for the Wichita campus.

He also did not have the number of faculty members who will be affected.

The only Kansas campus that will be left after the Wichita campus closes will be in Lenexa.

“It’s a bit of a hike, but in all honesty, most of our students take classes online,” Clark said.

The closings of the 115 campuses will affect roughly 4 percent of the university’s students, officials said.

Apollo Group, the company that owns University of Phoenix, reported its net income fell 60 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter.

Its revenue dropped 11 percent after student enrollment in degreed programs fell 13.8 percent on an annual basis to 328,400 in the June-to-August quarter. At the same time, new student enrollment dropped 13.7 percent.

The local campus is directing students to call 866-992-3302 if they have questions. The university is in the process of contacting students.

Contributing: Associated Press

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