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University of Phoenix to close West Oklahoma City, Owasso locations

The University of Phoenix announced plans to phase out 115 locations nationwide, including the university's West Oklahoma City Learning Center on SW 3 St. in Oklahoma City and another center in Owasso. The university's main Oklahoma City campus will remain open.
by Silas Allen Published: November 18, 2012

The campuses will then be phased out once all the students enrolled in classroom-based courses there have left, he said.

The university doesn't have a date in mind for when it will close the West Oklahoma City Learning Center, Rauzon said. University officials will develop that plan after speaking with students enrolled at the site about their plans for completing their degrees. About 30 students are enrolled at that location.

No students are enrolled in classroom-based courses at the Owasso site, he said, so that location will be closed fairly quickly. Students have used the location as a kind of student union, meeting with learning teams or using the computers for coursework.

Rauzon said the closures represent a shift in the university's student population. About 70 percent of the university's enrollment is online, he said. While that population of students is robust, he said, it creates less demand for classroom space.

Closing unused or underused locations allows the university to focus more of its resources on its online offerings, he said.


The Associated Press

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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