Tiffin University online unit announces abrupt closure

Monday, August 5, 2013

At age 51, Joan Coressel thought she had college and career plans figured out. The Port Clinton woman who bartended while raising her children was ready for a new start.

In August, 2011, she enrolled at Ivy Bridge College, Tiffin University’s online associate’s degree division. Two years later, she had completed 55 of her needed 61 credits with a 3.69 grade point average at a cost of $20,000. She planned to finish in February.

On Thursday she found disconcerting news on Facebook: Ivy Bridge College is closing Oct. 20.

“I was planning on moving after I finished my degree. Well, now I’m in limbo,” she said. “I have no idea what I am going to be doing.”

Ivy Bridge notified students this week via Facebook and email that Tiffin University was discontinuing its degree programs through Ivy Bridge.

The closure is sudden, although Ivy Bridge has been the subject of scrutiny for months. But in response to inquiries from The Blade that began more than a month ago about Ivy Bridge, university officials never indicated it could close.

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