Everest University

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Everest University, formerly Florida Metropolitan University, is part of the Corinthian Colleges family of schools, which has over 100 campuses throughout the United States and Canada, making it one of North America's largest for-profit education companies. Career-specific diploma and degree programs, including a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Criminal Justice degree are offered. It offers day, night, weekend and online programs for working adults. Programs and schedules vary by campus.

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Accreditation, Licensure & Recognition

Everest University lacks regional accreditation. However, the Everest University campuses in Florida are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)[1] to award diplomas, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.[2] The University is also licensed by means of accreditation by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.

Some of the programs offered at Everest University include:

Accreditation and Transfer of Credits

Everest University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education.[3] [4] The decision whether to grant transfer credit is left to a post-secondary institution’s discretion. Many regionally accredited universities do not accept credits earned at colleges such as Everest which lack regional accreditation. Everest University participates in Florida’s optional credit transfer program, the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS).[5] SCNS was established to facilitate the transfer of students and credits between Florida's public postsecondary educational institutions and participating nonpublic educational institutions, such as Everest University.[6] “Courses that have the same academic content and are taught by faculty with comparable credentials are given the same prefix and number, and are considered equivalent courses. Equivalent courses are guaranteed to transfer to any other institution participating in SCNS, and the credit awarded for these equivalent courses will satisfy the receiving institution’s institutional requirements on the same basis as credits awarded to native students.”[7] All Florida public universities and colleges participate in SCNS as well as numerous career/technical education centers and nonpublic institutions, such as Everest University.[8] On August 24, 2010, Everest University had 709 courses listed on SCNS.[9]

Everest University campus locations in Florida

Controversy

In 2006, an arbitration process ruled in favor of FMU/Everest and a lawsuit regarding transfer of credits dating to 2004 was dismissed.[10]

In August 2007, an investigation of company practices was closed by the State of Florida with no fines, penalties, or finding of wrongdoing. The investigation inquired into FMU's "advertising, marketing and business practices related to the sale of educational services to Florida Residents."[11] The resulting "Assurance of Voluntary Compliance" between FMU and the Florida Office of the Attorney General indicated that FMU would pay $99,900 to the Office of the Attorney General for its investigation and in contributions to various consumer education purposes.[11] It indicated that FMU would "modify" its pre-enrollment documents to include "Clear and Conspicuous" language regarding credit transfer, its refund policy, and its tuition costs, among other stipulations that, in part, serve to "better train" its teaching personnel to meet certain student needs. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance found that FMU/Everest participates in the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System to facilitate the transfer of eligible credits to other institutions.[11][12]

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Everest University-Jacksonville and Everest University-Lakeland are members of SOC (Servicemembers Opportunity College) Consortium. SOC Consortium colleges and universities are dedicated to helping servicemembers and their families get college degrees. Military students can take courses in their off-duty hours at or near military installations in the United States, overseas, and on U.S. Navy ships. [13]

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