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Meritus, eh?

May 14, 2008

Apollo Group Inc., owners of the University of Phoenix, are opening a branch in N.B., to be called Meritus University. Initially, three business programmes will be offered [source].

One gem: ” New Brunswick is an attractive location because of its positive regulatory and business environment.”

What’s not to like? Well, see here, here, here, and here.

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9 Comments
  1. brunsie permalink
    May 14, 2008 1:33 pm

    yikes!
    doesn’t fredericton already have a couple of diploma mills? Let’s hope they don’t locate in SJ…

  2. Richard permalink
    May 14, 2008 5:36 pm

    My educational experience has been tremendous with University of Phoenix. It is not by coincidence that they have more students then the rest. I learned so much and do not believe my degree came from a factory but from an institution of higher learning. People in Canada should be excited about Meritus University. I cannot wait to see the end product because it will be quality.

  3. Tommie Watts permalink
    May 14, 2008 5:45 pm

    I live near the area and I am excited about further job growth for our town. Anytime that good, quality jobs come into the community is a fine day. And the fact that Meritus University will bring education to the people of Canada is wonderful thought. Why dont ya give the blokes a chance before you rush to judgements.

  4. May 14, 2008 5:55 pm

    Wow, how cool is that?!? Look at all our new readers. People interested in promoting and defending genuine, independent, non-corporatized university education and culture are always welcome here.

  5. Debra Lindsay permalink
    May 15, 2008 8:01 am

    I think we can be more sanguine about this development than one would think. As noted in the link, the Apollo universities have a poor track record: only 16% of students actually graduate and there were many complaints from students enrolled in their programs. Moreover, what does it really mean when a corporation announces it will establish a virtual university in NB? Does Meritus not look like just another call centre–albeit one that would employ people with advanced degrees. Now that should draw people back to NB from their high paying jobs out west.

  6. Loreal permalink
    May 15, 2008 10:49 am

    I am curious and looking forward to seeing what this school will offer. Maybe the school will be a great benefit for the nation, then maybe not. We should judge the education after completion.

  7. jacques m permalink
    May 16, 2008 5:13 pm

    I too would like to hear more about Meritus. I have had colleagues who have received degrees from online universities and they have done well.

  8. May 16, 2008 5:57 pm

    Okay, this is getting silly, so I’m going to close the comments on this post. Not that I haven’t enjoyed you all stopping by, because I have, really.

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