Apollo Group (APOL) Discloses Accreditation Reaffirmation of University of Phoenix
Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) said on July 9, 2013, University of Phoenix, Inc., its wholly–owned subsidiary, was notified by The Higher Learning Commission (“HLC”) that its accreditation was reaffirmed through the 2022–2023 academic year, and that the University was placed on Notice status. HLC, a commission member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, is the regional accreditor of the University.
As previously disclosed, on February 22, 2013, University of Phoenix received the HLC peer review team’s draft report regarding the accreditation reaffirmation review of the University. In the draft report, the peer review team determined that the University was not in compliance with certain criteria for accreditation relating to the University’s administrative structure and governance. Based on these alleged administrative and governance deficiencies, the team recommended that HLC place the University on Probation status. University of Phoenix subsequently submitted a response regarding factual errors in the draft report, following which the peer review team issued its final report, which was unchanged in all material respects from the draft report, including the Probation recommendation.
On May 6, 2013, the HLC Institutional Actions Council First Committee (“IACFC”) convened a hearing to review the peer review team’s report and recommendations, in advance of which, University of Phoenix had submitted to the IACFC new and updated information addressing deficiencies cited in the team report, including evidence regarding various governance changes made by the University and Apollo Group to enhance the autonomy of the University. On May 9, 2013, the University of Phoenix received the written hearing report from the IACFC, which recommended that HLC reaffirm the University’s accreditation for a ten–year period and that the University be placed on Notice status for two years due to concerns cited in the peer review team’s report relating to governance, student assessment and faculty scholarship/research for doctoral programs.
On July 9, 2013, University of Phoenix received a Final Action Letter from the HLC notifying the University that the HLC, at its meeting on June 27, 2013, reaffirmed the accreditation of the University through the 2022–2023 academic year and placed the University on Notice status for a two–year period. Notice status is a sanction that means that HLC has determined that an institution is on a course of action that, if continued, could lead the institution to be out of compliance with one or mor