Cliff Peale reports:
The University of Phoenix will phase out classes in West Chester and Florence, impacting 236 students.
The sites have stopped accepting applications, and current students will have the choice of finishing their programs in traditional classrooms or converting to online classes, which the vast majority of Phoenix students use, spokesman Mark Brenner said.
Tuition for online and traditional classroom programs is the same, Brenner said.
The move is part of a nationwide downsizing by Phoenix, the online for-profit giant that educates nearly 330,000 students a year including nearly 13,000 in Ohio and Kentucky combined.
Enrollment at Phoenix and other for-profit colleges that offer mainly online classes has plummeted during the last several years.
Federal regulators have increased oversight and the colleges have responded with stricter admission requirements.
Apollo Group Inc., the public company that owns Phoenix, said Wednesday it would eventually close 115 locations, about half of those it operates nationally.
Most of the closings will be completed in 2013 and will eliminate about 800 jobs, the company said. It was unclear how many of those jobs are in this region.
Nationally, Phoenix enrollment dipped 14 percent during the quarter ended Aug. 31, compared to the same period the previous year.
Revenue fell 11 percent to $996.5 million.