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Update: Plans on Hold for Globe University-Minnesota School of Business Maple Grove Area Campus

Jan 28, 2016 07:26AM ● By Wendy Erlien

Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus. (photo provided by Globe University-Minnesota School of Business)

May 19, 2016 8:30 p.m. - A previous announcement by Globe University of an intent open a campus in the Maple Grove area has changed. 

"At this time we have put plans for a Maple Grove campus on hold," Globe University Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Michelle Knoll said. 

One of the issues while looking for properties, according to Knoll, was finding a space that would allow animals as part of the veterinary technology program

"Instead, we have decided to utilize space at existing Minnesota School of Business campuses, including our nearby Blaine location," Knoll said. 

Original article Jan 28, 2016 7:26 a.m. - Next year, Globe University-Minnesota School of Business is anticipating opening a new location in the Maple Grove area – consolidating three nearby campuses into one site.

“As with many colleges across the country, our Plymouth, Brooklyn Center and Elk River Minnesota School of Business locations have seen a continuous decline in enrollment due to many factors including an improving economy and low unemployment rates, along with a declining number of high school graduates,” Globe University COO Jeanne Herrmann wrote in an early January memo to students and employees. “These factors have both an economic and educational impact, preventing us from providing the variety of programs and robust student experience we would like at each of these three different locations. We believe consolidating these campuses into one new location will enhance our student’s overall educational experience.”

Globe University is anticipating having their new Minnesota School of Business location in the Maple Grove area and to start offering classes in January 2017.

No site location has been determined yet, according to Globe University Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Michelle Knoll, who stated they are “looking for the right location.”  Options such as leasing, buying or building are being considered for a space of approximately 20,000 to 25,000-square feet.  

“We are looking for space that is easy to access from each of the existing campuses and near public transit,” Knoll said, stating they are focusing primarily on the I-94/I-494 corridor. “We are talking with some companies right now, but would love to hear from anyone who may have space that meets criteria to make sure we are finding the best location to meet the needs of the school and our students.” 

Classes at the Plymouth, Brooklyn Center, and Elk River sites will continue to be offered at their current locations until the new site opens. 

“Newer students will have the unique opportunity to attend the new location once it is built and ready for classes,” Herrmann said in her memo. Current students will work with staff members for options – such as transferring to the new campus, finishing online or at their current site.

By focusing on one regional campus, the school hopes to “increase program offerings, develop new business partnerships, create more applied learning opportunities, and provide a robust learning environment for our students,” Herrmann stated in her memo.

Other campus locations, not impacted by the change, include: Blaine, Lakeville, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Richfield, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Woodbury. Online options and out-of-state campuses are also available. Programs and courses include business and accounting, legal, technology, health sciences, and more. 

“We are grateful to be a part of the higher education landscape in Brooklyn Center, Elk River, and Plymouth,” Herrmann wrote in her memo. “We are proud of the many successful graduates and the strong workforce in these communities. We now look forward to serving these communities and beyond from a single location in the Maple Grove area.”  

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