Westwood College freezes enrollment

For-profit chain Westwood College has stopped enrolling new students at all of its campuses, including the two locations in metro Atlanta.

“We are proud of our tradition dating back to 1953 of helping nearly 40,000 graduates reach their education and career goals. Westwood College has been through an extended period of declining enrollments due to market shifts and changes in the regulatory environment,” read a statement from the school. “Westwood College has made the difficult decision to discontinue all new student enrollments. We are working diligently to continue to provide a quality academic experience for our current students at each of our campuses and our online school.

Campus services will continue to be available to students and graduates throughout this process.”

A spokesman for the colleges said no determination has been made on when to close the schools. That will depend on how many students are continuing their academic programs, and whether Westwood can partner with another company to continue operating.

The enrollment freeze announced last month comes after Westwood voluntarily agreed to forgive $15 million in students loans for graduates of its criminal justice program. The Illinois attorney general had sued Westwood over deceptive marketing practices. As part of the agreement Westwood did not admit wrongdoing.

Visit myAJC.com to read about Atlanta students’ concerns in light of the enrollment freeze and eventual school closures.

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