Colorado Heights University in Denver, US
Colorado Heights University to close Denver campus
Colorado Heights University (CHU), a nonprofit, private university in southwest Denver, is no longer accepting new students ahead of its expected closure this year.

The school, which has students from 55 countries and specialises in international business and English courses, is assisting those currently enrolled with degree completion and transfers to other area institutions.


Fred Van Liew, CHU president, said, "Our campus and programs will continue to operate normally and our current students will receive the career-focused, quality education they have always received from us."


He said that students, faculty and staff have been informed of the decision and that staff are working to assist the students. 


A combination of factors led to the decision, including the denial by the U.S Department of Education to recognise the accrediting authority of the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).


"Seeking new accreditation is both a lengthy and a costly process with no certainty of outcome. We agreed that our time and resources are best spent helping our students to finish their degrees here or at other nearby institutions," Van Liew said.


There are just over 500 students at the campus - around 400 are English language certificate students and just over 100 are enrolled on bachelor and degree programs - but an insufficient student population was also cited as a challenge.


It's still unknown what will happen to the buildings on the 76-acre land.


By Jared Tinslay

Editorial Assistant