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WSCUC Approves Merger Of Ashford University And University Of The Rockies

Approval is first of several steps in the merger process

SAN DIEGO, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgepoint Education announced today that it received official notification of approval for the merger of its subsidiary institutions, Ashford University and University of the Rockies, from accreditor WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  Ashford University will be the surviving entity of the merger. 

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We believe the merger will create a comprehensive and strengthened educational institution that will include the undergraduate programs of Ashford University, the master's programs of both universities, and the doctoral programs of the University of the Rockies. The addition of University of the Rockies graduate-level social and behavioral sciences programs will enable Ashford University to reach a wider array of students, create more seamless pathways for students, and help close the skills gap faced by employers, while ensuring continuity for students of both universities.

"We are pleased with WSCUC's decision to approve the merger of our two institutions," said Andrew Clark, president and CEO of Bridgepoint Education. "While Ashford University and University of the Rockies have accomplished much as separate schools— for students and their communities—it now makes sense to merge them to better address the needs and desires of today's students anew."  

The proposal to merge the two universities was announced on March 13, 2018.  The merger is subject to final approval from state regulators and the U.S. Department of Education.

About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI) harnesses the latest technology to reimagine the modern student experience. Bridgepoint owns two academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Together, these programs, technologies, and resources represent a unique model for advancing education in the 21st century. Bridgepoint stands for greater access, social learning, and exposure to leading minds. For more information, visit or

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