Would-be college students in Hancock County have one less local educational option. Brown Mackie College, the for-profit university at 1700 Fostoria Ave., has closed. The school announced last June that they would no longer be accepting new students at a majority of their locations and now operations have ceased completely. Citing low enrollment across the national chain of colleges, Brown Mackie has shut or is in the process of shutting 22 of their 25 campuses. Findlay’s campus had 295 students enrolled— down from a high of 1,200 in 2010.
Three of Brown Mackie’s campuses will remain open while the school searches for new funding partners, but the school’s Ohio campuses in Findlay, Akron, and Cincinnati have ceased operating. The North Canton location is continuing to accept students, under the banner of Ross College.
Brown Mackie ran into problems with accreditations in the past, and had its former nursing program students in Tucson, AZ sue the school over poor training that left them unemployable. The school agreed to forgive 100 million dollars in student loans as part of a legal agreement with the federal government. In 2014, Brown Mackie posted a graduation rate of only 30 percent.