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The Art Institute of Dallas
Established1964
TypePrivate, for-profit
PresidentTommy Newsom
DeanDr. Leslie C. Baughman
Students1700
LocationDallas, TX, USA
CampusUrban
ColorsRed, Black and White
Websitehttp://www.aid.edu/
 
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The Art Institute of Dallas
Established1964
TypePrivate, for-profit
PresidentTommy Newsom
DeanDr. Leslie C. Baughman
Students1700
LocationDallas, TX, USA
CampusUrban
ColorsRed, Black and White
Websitehttp://www.aid.edu/

The Art Institute of Dallas in Dallas, Texas, United States, is part of The Art Institutes, a system of for-profit colleges. The Art Institute of Dallas offers associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs for fashion design, fashion & retail management, interior design, graphic design, media arts & animation, advertising design, baking & pastry, photography, web design & interactive media, digital film making & video production, and culinary arts. The school has recently launched an Evening and Weekend program option for adults interested in continuing their education. The Art Institutes' parent company, Education Management Corporation (EDMC), is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3] EDMC has been the subject of lawsuits and investigations regarding student recruitment and financial aid eligibility.[4][5]

History[edit]

The Art Institutes system was created in 1969 when Education Management Corporation (EDMC) acquired The Art Institute of Pittsburgh,[2][6][7] which was originally founded in 1921.[8] Starting in 2000, The Art Institutes began offering bachelor's degrees[9] and, in 2001, launched its distance education program, Art Institute Online, which began offering bachelor's and non-degree programs online.[7][10]

Throughout the 2000s, The Art Institutes expanded through the acquisition of existing art colleges and the establishment of new Art Institutes.[11] In 2001, there were around 20 campuses of The Art Institutes;[7] this grew to approximately 30 locations in 2006[12] before reaching 50 Art Institutes in 2010.[13]

Beginning in August 2011, EDMC has been involved in a United States Department of Justice investigation and lawsuit alleging both illegal recruitment practices by EDMC schools, including The Art Institutes, and fraudulent receipt of $11 billion in federal and state financial aid money.[3][14][15] As of May 2013, the lawsuit was unresolved.[16] A 2011 US DOJ report claimed EDMC "created a 'boiler room' style sales culture and has made recruiting and enrolling new students the sole focus of its compensation system."[17]

Since 2012, The Art Institutes schools have experienced a decrease in the number of new students enrolling, seeing enrollment numbers drop by approximately 20 percent between the second quarter of the 2012 fiscal year and the start of 2013. EDMC has attributed the drop in enrollment to limited access to Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students and the economic recession.[2] In February 2013, EDMC announced plans to continue a three-year-old tuition freeze at The Art Institutes. The company has pledged to maintain the current cost of tuition through 2015, in an effort to focus on students.[16]

In May 2013, a federal judge in Pennsylvania rejected a bid to dismiss a lawsuit against EDMC by a former EDMC employee. The lawsuit alleges that the corporation and its affiliates engaged in a scheme to maximize profits from financial aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The complainant in the case, Jason Sobek, who worked as an admissions director for EDMC in Pittsburgh from June 2008 through November 2010, alleges that the firm falsified information given to the Department of Education that indicated they were in compliance with the loan programs’ eligibility requirements. In testimony that provided the basis for the lower court’s decision last October, Sobek alleged that EDMC operated a “carefully crafted and widespread for-profit education scheme [in which] defendants have defrauded the United States and its taxpayers out of millions of dollars in the form of federally backed student loans and grants.”[18]

In June 2013, EDMC announced that its President John Mazzoni would resign effective July 14, 2013, after 27 years at the organization. Charles Restivo, Group Vice President, would become the Interim President of The Art Institutes. [19]

The Art Institute of Dallas was established in 1964 as the Dallas Fashion Merchandising College. It was later renamed in 1978 to the Fashion and Art Institute of Dallas. A year later, the Institute was approved to grant an Associate of Applied Arts Degree. In 1984, the Institute was acquired by the Education Management Corporation (EDMC) to join The Art Institutes, and now bears its current name The Art Institute of Dallas. EDMC expanded The Art Institutes by investing in facilities and equipment, adding personnel to faculty and student services, and establishing a national marketing presence. In 1988, The Art Institute of Dallas moved to its present facility in North Dallas.

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Coordinates: 32°52′16″N 96°46′04″W / 32.8710°N 96.7678°W / 32.8710; -96.7678