University of La Verne Ends Agreement with Greek Entity

September 20, 2004 by University of La Verne

Concluding Association with Athens Campus

The University of La Verne has announced that, effective immediately, it is ending its relationship with the Greek not-for-profit organization Somateo 'Collegio La Verne' and has concluded all educational endeavors in Athens, Greece.

In recent months, administrators at the university's main campus in Southern California had become increasingly concerned with the continuing financial viability of the Somateo. A financial review by the independent accounting firm Deloitte confirmed that serious fiscal problems exist. It has since been concluded the Somateo is unable to meet its obligations to its enrolled students as required by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the accrediting association for both ULV and the Athens campus.

“We are disappointed that it has come to this point. We have always valued our relationships in Athens and have been proud of our ability to extend quality educational opportunities there,” said University of La Verne President Steve Morgan. “The university's first obligation now, as always, is to the welfare of our students. That is the primary reason behind this decision, and we have made extensive arrangements to ensure our students in Athens will be able to continue their education.”

A team of ULV administrators and staff is in Athens and will work to assist each student. The ultimate aim of the on-site team is to enable every student to obtain either a La Verne degree, if applicable, or an accredited American university degree. All La Verne Athens students have been advised they may transfer to the institution of their choice.

Arrangements have already been made that will enable La Verne Athens students to immediately move to another accredited American institution in Athens. The University of Indianapolis – a private, coeducational university founded in 1902 – has an extensive history of international education. In June 2004 it assumed ownership of a campus in Athens that had housed many of that university's degree programs for 15 years. The University of Indianapolis Athens Campus has agreed to accept La Verne Athens students who meet its admission requirements and will permit students to transfer in immediately without incurring additional costs for tuition already paid (if fully paid). UI Athens has delayed the start of its semester until Monday, Sept. 27, in order to accommodate La Verne Athens students.

The ULV on-site team is working with a UI Athens enrollment team to help with this transition process. These combined groups will provide information and assistance with a wide range of issues including financial aid, potential tuition refunds, registration, academic counseling and degree options.

Officials with the Somateo have informed ULV that they will continue to offer classes. While students have the right to continue their education with the Somateo, they have been advised that any additional course work will not be accredited by WASC and will not count toward obtaining an accredited ULV degree.

The University of La Verne is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research intensive institution in Southern California enrolling students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the College of Education and Organizational Leadership, the College of Law in Ontario and the School of Continuing Education. Founded in 1891, ULV is recognized as an early pioneer in lifelong learning programs and in its support of diversity initiatives.

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