Thread regarding Dream Center Education Holdings, LLC (DCEH) layoffs

Official DCEH communication re:campus closures

At Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), we are committed to providing students with an accessible, affordable, relevant, and purposeful education.

Over the last several months, we have taken a strategic and comprehensive look at each of our three education systems and their respective campuses, evaluating them to be sure that they are meeting the needs of today’s learners and providing the best student and graduate outcomes.

What has become clear is that we have a critical need and responsibility to become a much more agile organization, responsive to the needs of our students and the changing demands of higher education.

As a result of that examination, we have made the decision to cease new enrollments for the following schools within The Art Institutes, Argosy University, and South University systems:

The Art Institutes Arlington, VA; Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Nashville, TN; Novi, MI; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Portland, OR; San Bernardino, CA; San Francisco, CA; Santa Ana, CA; Sacramento, CA; and Schaumburg, IL

Argosy University Alameda, CA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Nashville, TN; Ontario, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Diego, CA; Sarasota, FL; and Schaumburg, IL

South University Novi, MI; High Point, NC; and Cleveland, OH

We will cease new enrollments at these locations, providing prospective students with access to online offerings or programs at one of our other campuses.

This decision was made for a number of reasons, including significantly declining enrollment and an increase in the demand for online programs in higher education.

It is important to note that current, active students should continue to attend class as scheduled. However, we are continuing to assess the viability of our current offerings at these locations.

This is a necessary step in ensuring that we best support our students, both present and future, in response to the changing landscape of higher education.

Sincerely,

Dream Center Education Center

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe

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Currently enrolled at Argosy University Twin cities location and trying to find any information on what's going on! Are teachers have told us about what they know but you can tell they are in the dark as well. If anyone know anymore information about this besides the receivership please let the know !

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-3oacf

We got the following email tonight at work....i am at a South University campus; anyone know whats going on?

"Dear Colleagues:

The last several years have brought enormous change to the higher education landscape and, specifically, to our education systems. The shifting landscape, coupled with the vast amount of debt and fixed operating costs inherited when Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) acquired the education systems from Education Management Corporation (EDMC) in October 2017, has brought significant challenges to our operations. As the next phase of our transformation plan for these institutions, there is an important update we are communicating today.

DCEH has negotiated a corporate restructuring with assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (DoE), our senior lenders and other strategic partners that is designed to ultimately allow South University, Art Institutes and Argosy University to thrive as independent university systems run by autonomous Boards of Trustees and not weighted down by the enormous corporate overhead left from EDMC.

The restructuring includes:

  1. The ownership of South University (South) was transferred to an independent non-profit foundation not affiliated with DCEH. Steve Yoho will continue to serve in his capacity as Interim Chancellor.

  2. Argosy University (Argosy) remains in its current state of ownership affiliated with DCEH while we negotiate a new strategic partnership for Argosy. Cynthia Baum will continue to serve in her capacity as Chancellor. Western State College of Law (WSCL) will be separately incorporated, but still affiliated with Argosy.

  3. The ownership of The Art Institutes (Ai’s) not being taught-out were transferred to an independent non-profit foundation not affiliated with DCEH. The respective Ai’s Institutional Presidents will continue to serve in their current capacities.

  4. We will continue evaluation of all campus locations across education systems to determine where students can best be served.

  5. A new managed service provider not affiliated with DCEH has been engaged to provide the necessary technology, services and support (enrollment, marketing, student services, and career services) that will be needed to maintain operations at Ai as well as at South and Argosy. They will be working with DCEH to align staff and services over the next few weeks.

  6. DCEH’s lenders have provided bridge financing to DCEH to help in this restructuring.

This restructuring is significant and, as such, the important work of partnering closely with our accreditors, state licensing bodies and the DoE will continue in order to provide favorable outcomes for our students.

Thank you for your unwavering support of our students. Make no mistake, they are the reason we all do what we do. You will continue to be informed as this restructuring plan is implemented."

Respectfully,

Randall K. Barton, JD

Chairman of the Board

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-3bvfj

2rguw so sorry --- it is shameful by administrators - everyone else is as in the dark as you are - unless they come to this site -- and not many do.

Tell as many students as you can - write a complaint to the board of education in your state - and accrediting agency. Since DC is located in AZ -- contact the Attorney General -- tell him what's going on.

join I Am Ai on FB.

Good luck

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-2rttn

I have gone to Ai for the last year and have been doing very well. Now I have to start over? Knowone will tell me what’s going on in administrative offices. Because they what as many students enrolled and payed before it shuts down is my theory I am offended let down left out in the dark you people should be ashamed for running such a shady organization!!!! Oh and merry Christmas go f--- yourselves there is a special place in hell for all of you I’m sure.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-2rguw

If u continue at a closing school you forfeit your rights for loan write off . Please check your legal rights!

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-Npmm

We all got the same DCEH Email at 9:30AM CST that I didn’t see until later as I was teaching class all AM. Unbelievable and such a shock to all of us affected at our various campuses and all the families involved in addition to many onground students affected at the many different programs. More to follow at the end of Summer Quarter.....wait and see what happens next. Praying for all those affected.😟😟😟

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-gtib

This above is a legitimate email. Received on 7/2/2018 upon arrival at work. Follow-up email received 7/2/2018 afternoon. They do not have a signature, only the DCEH, Ai, Argosy, and South University logos.

Good afternoon,

Earlier today, we shared our very difficult decision to cease new enrollments at several schools within The Art Institutes, Argosy University, and South University systems. While we actively work with our accreditors and regulators to assess the viability of our current offerings, DCEH remains steadfast in our mission to provide students with accessible, affordable, relevant, and purposeful education aligned with market demands.

Our successful path forward is predicated on becoming a more agile organization that is responsive to the needs of our students and the changing demands of higher education. As we stated, the decision was made for a number of reasons, including significantly declining enrollment, an increase in the demand for online programs in higher education, and a desire to develop next generation programming.

It is critical that you know that Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) remains committed to our students.

Our transformation from a for-profit institution to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization opens up philanthropic giving to our institutions that will help enable us to deliver on our mission to provide affordable education.

We ask that DCEH faculty and staff remain solely focused on our number one priority: our students. All active students should continue attending class as scheduled, and non-impacted schools should continue forward. In the near future, we will be providing an FAQ document that will address additional topics.

This is a difficult but necessary step in ensuring that we best support our students, both present and future, in response to the changing landscape of higher education.

Sincerely,

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-4rfp

So many good people at Argosy (not to mention spouses and family members, children, dependents, and more) are affected and their lives turned upside down, while a few seem to benefit from this decision - it does not appear faithful service or good students matter to this Christian faith based group! Such a horrible witness and testimony for the faithful.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-4vbq

I’m currently a student worker and I got a LEGIT letter in the mail. I’m attending the meetings tomorrow. But yeah, AI Fort L. is closing.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-1hbn

F*g con artist... enough said.

Oh let’s buy this school to make it a better place for students because we care oh so much, then turn around a few quarters later and close down to save their own. Let us not forget that majority of our BS credits earned are going to be thrown by the way side because other institutions look at them as mediocre at best. Good luck to everyone affected by this load of garbage that sits in front of us. Oh and don’t forget, still attend classes as usual. Fckn joke right... I advise anyone who can drop out now and get in somewhere a little more stable before your education goes all the way to sh--.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-1yir

Can you guys tweet about this page? I hope more journos will pile on, they all track what's going on by have no clue. Hashtag it with DCEH

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-1tdy

520 shares on this post.

WOW.

JUST WOW...

Now, try to spin this DCEH HR and Communcations Dpt.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-1bzw

As someone who graduated in Graphic Design (AS) and even worked at AiFL in a student workers position, I watched in the 3 years I was there, that school slowly start going downhill and then began going faster and faster. I made amazing friends and even my girlfriend. However, corporately, the institute is awful. They stripped the school of nearly all things creative and were turning it to a more corporate style building. Covering murals, taking down art pieces. It's a shame. I talked to people who when there in the 80's and 90's and it was such a great school. Somewhere along the line they started to care way more about numbers than they did happy students or educating students.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-hgg

The email is legit. There was a giant conference call with DCEH cronies this afternoon at 1:30 EST and a major portion of the school’s are going into teach out. I am one of the staff effected. Was told to get my stuff, leave my keys with the Director of Admissions (who is also out a job) and have a good life. Severance information will be in the mail/our email by the end of the week. Severance is unique for each employee according to the call.

The writing has been on the wall. While most of us detest the nasty cronies at DCEH, this shouldn’t be a huge surprise to any of us. We were working with an unsustainable model in an industry that didn’t need what we had to offer at a price that was unrealistic.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-nyt

Something smells off, and rather fishy. Something is not correct here. e_e. if it is, then something MUST BE DONE. Otherwise its all tarnish and dust.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-zcy

This email is legit. All current employees got this email this morning.

My department head seemed (legitimately) completely taken off guard by it all - I guess the higher ups didn't keep him in the loop.

I work for a campus that is closing. Our all school meeting for tomorrow was cancelled but the all faculty meeting is still scheduled.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-puj

Answered like a good little minion

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-bcp

If you are asking or saying it is fake, you apparently do not work at Ai currently. Or for some reason, you just aren't in the loop.

All DCEH employees, including faculty at AU, South and Ai, received an email this morning from [email protected] with this message about the school closings.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-fui

So they fully intended on simply closing the HLC campuses, but for some reason they stopped in their tracks...

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-wnj

Is it fake?

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-ukt

That site doesn’t list the schools mentioned in the purported email

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-yqk

Is this fake?

https://www.artinstitutes.edu/closed-school-information-page

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-txb

All - is this fake (hoping)? I've been super anxious for about a week now. Someone told me about this site I never knew all this discussion existed.

Thank you.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-lin

The email was sent to all current employees as far as I know. I too can confirm it is real. I was not aware of this site until I searched for more information today.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-tcy

Email was in our inbox at 5:03am PST

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-mxn

Receptionist where? Can a reporter get you on the phone and can someone else validate this email?

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-ukb

Source is [email protected]

I'm current Receptionist, The email is legit

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-sxv

I can’t find any other reference to that email address, and this is the only site that has this text. Who is your source?

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-hty

I don’t know about affordable. 100K in education for a degree that isn’t worth half that isn’t affordable

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-tiw

💩tastic

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-dqt

3 years wasted for a degree that will mean nothing even if I do have time left to get it.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-jrv

I am going to make it my mission to tell everyone I know never to attend any school this Dream foundation is ahead of, as well as his executive thieves. Family Friends Relatives everywhere I can possibly post I will. They won't last long

The students. Yeah right

Believe me.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-vou

Yes, came through this morning at 830 am from [email protected]

There was no privacy statement attached to it.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-qlx

"It is important to note that current, active students should continue to attend class as scheduled. However, we are continuing to assess the viability of our current offerings at these locations."

Way to introduce wiggle room on July 9 starts.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-rtr

And for those at the campuses NOT listed... you're not out of the woods.

There were many more campuses listed on the bankruptcy filings... if federal aid is affected at those campuses because of the Chapter 7, the doors will close FAST.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-psm

Yep.

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Post ID: @TXMSuTe-omy

Copied and a pasted straight from the email. It’s official. And as unprofessional as we all expect from this sh--show company. We all got fired via email.

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