GCU denied switch to nonprofit

Posted at 2:37 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 17:29:10-05

Grand Canyon University announced Friday that the school’s request to switch to nonprofit status has been denied.

A statement from the university said the attempt to switch back to nonprofit status took over 18 months to unfold, and ended because of a vote by the Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission.

The board said it voted against the change in part because the school planned to outsource some of its services, such as curriculum development and student support services.

GCU’s statement goes on to say that the board had the option to ask the school for more information, or to clarify any issues, but they didn't do that before the vote. The school says because of that it doesn’t intend to challenge the decision, and will redirect the efforts toward other improvements at the university.

" […] we intend to direct all of our energies toward the continued success of Grand Canyon University. We want to assure all of our stakeholders that this does not change our strategy going forward. We will eventually find the right path to accomplish our objectives and ensure the long-term mission and legacy of the institution."