Neumont University

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Neumont University
Neumont University logo.png
Established 2003
Type for-profit university[1]
President Edward H. Levine
Location Salt Lake City, Utah
40°45′58″N 111°53′27″W / 40.76611°N 111.89083°W / 40.76611; -111.89083Coordinates: 40°45′58″N 111°53′27″W / 40.76611°N 111.89083°W / 40.76611; -111.89083
Website www.neumont.edu

Neumont University is a for-profit university[1] headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2][3] It was founded in 2003 by Graham Doxey, Scott McKinley, and Marlow Einelund. The university focuses on applied computer science and is accredited by the ACICS, but is not currently accredited by ABET or any regional accreditation agency in the United States.

History[edit]

Neumont University was founded in June 2002 as North Face Learning by Graham Doxey, Marlow Einelund, and Scott McKinley. North Face Learning was approved by the Department of Education in a letter dated March 19, 2003 to take operating control of Morrison University in Reno, NV and became Northface University.[citation needed] In a letter dated May 22, 2003, Northface University was approved by the ACICS to open a new branch in Utah and to offer a new program in Computer Science.[citation needed]

The first campus was opened to students in Salt Lake City in January 2004.[citation needed] Later that year, Neumont University relocated to a 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) office building in South Jordan, Utah, along the west bank of the Jordan River in an area known as the Jordan River Parkway.[citation needed]

After being threatened with a lawsuit by The North Face apparel company, Northface University changed its name to Neumont University which the ACICS approved on July 22, 2005.[citation needed]

From July through September 2007, Neumont briefly expanded to Virginia for one academic quarter, leasing a suite next to Old Navy in the Dulles Town Center mall, while construction was slated to begin on its custom Virginia campus.[4] The pending campus encountered zoning problems and was abandoned; as a result, the students were given the option to relocate to the South Jordan campus, and the Northern Virginia campus was permanently closed.[citation needed]

Graham Doxey stepped down as Neumont president in 2007, replaced by Edward H. Levine.[5] Under President Levine's management the school introduced the Business technology program in 2009, and expanded its curriculum to encompass courses in electronic media and entertainment, including courses in game design and development.[citation needed] Two years later, Neumont received approval to begin offering undergraduate degrees in Software and Game Development and Web Design and Development.[citation needed]

In August 2012, Neumont University announced plans to relocate its academic facilities and student housing to 143 South Main Street, Salt Lake City,[6] an 11-story art deco building which formerly housed The Salt Lake Tribune. The University officially relocated to its downtown Salt Lake City location in June of 2013, with the first new cohort of students beginning classes in October.[7]

Academics[edit]

Neumont's degree programs focus on "the digital sciences" while currently offering applied two-year degrees in Computer Science, Technology Management, Software and Game Development, and Web Design and Development.[citation needed] These degrees are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).[8] Most students complete these undergraduate programs in two and one-half years or a master's degree degree in a one- or two-year format.[citation needed] Neumont's Game Development program can be completed in three years and is a hybrid program focusing on principles of software development for the gaming industry.[9]

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