Brown Mackie College
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Brown Mackie College is a system of for-profit colleges located in the United States. The colleges offer bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and certificates in programs including early childhood education, information technology, health sciences and legal studies. Brown Mackie's 28 schools are owned by Education Management Corporation. As of June 11 it was announced that all but 4 campuses were closing. The additional 4 campuses are being sold.
The original Brown Mackie College was founded in 1892 in Salina, Kansas as the Kansas Wesleyan School of Business. In 1938, two of its former instructors, Perry E. Brown and A.B. Mackie, incorporated the school as The Brown Mackie School of Business. The school was licensed by the Kansas Board of Regents to grant associate degrees in 1986.
Between the 1930s and 1990s the school in Salina, and other schools that would later carry the Brown Mackie name, were managed by several different organizations before being purchased by American Education Centers (AEC) in 1993. In 2003, Education Management Corporation (EDMC) acquired eighteen schools from AEC, including the original Brown Mackie College. The following year, EDMC rebranded all of the AEC schools under the Brown Mackie name. Throughout the mid-to-late 2000s EDMC expanded the Brown Mackie system through the construction of new Brown Mackie colleges.
Beginning in the spring of 2012, Brown Mackie began a pilot program to test the use of iPads and e-textbooks in place of traditional textbooks. Later the program was expanded to all 28 schools in the Brown Mackie system. In preparation for the transition, Brown Mackie partnered with Apple Inc. to train faculty members help students with the iPads. As of February 2013, 13,000 Brown Mackie students were participating in the program.
Schools and programs
Brown Mackie colleges offer degrees at the bachelor's and associate level as well as academic certificates. Areas of study at Brown Mackie schools include early childhood education, information technology, health sciences and legal studies.
As of May 2013, there were 28 Brown Mackie College campuses with a total enrollment of 17,000 students. More recent numbers are unavailable. According to Brown Mackie's website the system has "over 25 schools." 
The official mascot for the Brown Mackie College-Salina teams is the Lions. The Lions participate in 3 sports: Baseball, Basketball, and Softball. The Lions are a part of the NJCAA and are an affiliate member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
The Kansas City campus (Overland Park, Kansas) briefly fielded athletic programs under the nickname "Cougars."
Lawsuits, investigations, and settlements
In 2015, EDMC, Brown-Mackie's parent company, agreed to forgive more than $100.8 million in student loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students.
In 2016, eleven former Brown Mackie nursing students in Tucson, Arizona sued the school for consumer fraud. The plaintiffs alleged that the poor training they received left them unable to be gainfully employed. The plaintiffs expected to graduate in 2015 until a state nursing board investigation found some of the school's faculty were unqualified and were using veterinary supplies to teach students how to care for human patients. The Arizona nursing board barred the Brown Mackie students from taking the practical nurses licensing exam and ordered the school to retrain the students at the company's expense.
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