Globe University and Minnesota School of Business
|Established||1877 in Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Students||Approx 10,000 (2009)|
Globe University and Minnesota School of Business is a for-profit school providing specialized career training programs in business, medical, legal, information technology and drafting and design fields. It has campuses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.
In 2014, Minnesota’s Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University for misleading students. Former students allege that Globe’s advertisements and promotional materials contain “misleading, unfair, deceptive, false, and fraudulent statements and omissions intended to induce postsecondary students to enroll in their schools.” A Minnesota judge also ruled that Globe University must pay $995,000 for wrongful termination to former dean Heidi Weber after exposing the school’s unethical practices.
In September 2016, the state of Minnesota stopped the business from operating in the state.
Minnesota School of Business
Minnesota School of Business was founded in 1877 by Professor Alexander R. Archibald, previously of Dartmouth College. He and an assistant taught classes in bookkeeping, shorthand, English, and penmanship in a three-room school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For 12 years the school was called Archibald Business College. In 1890 the school was purchased by Charles T. Rickard and Grove A. Gruman and moved to larger facilities in the Jewelers’ Exchange Building in Minneapolis.
In 1929, the school was sold to the Correll and Kamprath families and was relocated to 24 South Seventh Street. In 1979 the School was moved again to the Chamber of Commerce Building in Minneapolis.
ITT Educational Services Inc. purchased the school in 1969. Terry L. Myhre purchased the school in January 1988. Today, the school is completely owned by the Terry L. Myhre family. There are now eight campus locations in Minnesota: Blaine; Brooklyn Center; Elk River; Lakeville; Plymouth; Richfield; Rochester; and Waite Park (St. Cloud).
Globe College was founded in 1885 by Frank A. Maron, who was born and educated in Germany. An accomplished scholar, he received a classical education in his native country. Recognizing a need for a practical education for young men and women, he established Globe College in Minnesota. From its inception, the university stressed the teaching of business as it is practiced. In October 1972, Helmer Myhre and Terry Myhre purchased the college. In June 2007, it became Globe University. The school has 10 campuses: Appleton, Wisconsin; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Onalaska, Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin; Middleton, Wisconsin; Wausau, Wisconsin; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Woodbury, Minnesota.
Minnesota Attorney General consumer protection lawsuit
In July 2014 Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced that the state was suing Globe University/Minnesota School of Business. The lawsuit "[alleges that] the for-profit sister schools misled criminal justice program students about their career prospects." The suit contends that the school used high pressure sales tactics and misled students regarding the acceptance of their degrees and credits for the careers the students wanted. In 2013, the schools were sued by former students making similar allegations. The colleges dispute the allegations.
In 2016, the schools closed several campuses. The closures were attributed to the lawsuit and a "three-year negative publicity campaign." The following year, the Minnesota Supreme Court found that student loans offered by the school, which carried interest rates as high as 18 percent, were illegal and that the schools issued the loans without the proper license.
In June 2018, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the "schools in this matter engaged in wrongful conduct in violation of the MCFA" but only upheld damages for students who testified at trial. The appeals court remanded the case back to the lower court for the other students.
Globe University and Minnesota School of Business award D octor of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management, Master of Business Administration, bachelor of science and associate in applied science degrees (Accounting, Architectural Drafting & Design, Business Administration, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Engineering Drafting & Design, Game and Application Development, Health Care Management, Health Fitness Specialist, Information Technology, Nursing, Paralegal, and Veterinary Technology); diplomas that require 9 to 15 months to complete (Business Administrative Assistant, Legal Administrative Assistant, Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Medical Assistant); and certificates in Internet Marketing, Mental Health Technology and Mobile Application Development.
- Appleton, Wisconsin - opened in October 2010.
- Blaine, Minnesota - opened in 2007.
- Eau Claire, Wisconsin - opened in 2008.
- Green Bay, Wisconsin - opened in July 2010.
- Madison, Wisconsin - opened in August 2009.
- Middleton, Wisconsin
- Downtown Minneapolis - opened in the IDS building in 2008.
- Richfield, Minnesota - opened in 1993. This campus also handles Minnesota School of Business-Online.
- Rochester, Minnesota - opened in May 2005.
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota - opened in 2008.
- St. Cloud, Minnesota - located in Waite Park, Minnesota; opened in October 2004.
- Wausau, Wisconsin - opened in April 2010.
- Woodbury, Minnesota - opened in July 2007.
In 2016, the schools closed campuses in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota (opened in October 1989); Elk River, Minnesota (opened in April 2009); Lakeville, Minnesota (opened in August 2009); and Plymouth, Minnesota (opened in September 2002). In 2017, the Moorhead, Minnesota campus was closed.
The Minnesota School of Business and Globe University are part of the Globe Education Network. The sole owner of Broadview University also is a shareholder of Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business.
Educational affiliates include:
- Broadview University
- Duluth Business University
- Benchmark Learning
- Minnesota School of Cosmetology
- "State moves to stop operations at Globe, MN School of Business". Minnesota Public Radio. September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
- Globe University, sister school accused of misleading students over career prospects. Mila Koumpilova, St. Paul Pioneer Press. 
- Lawsuit: Minn. School of Business, Globe U. misled students. Maura Lerner and Paul Walsh, Minneapolis StarTribune. 
- 5 students file class-action suit against Globe University. Brian Lambert, MinnPost. 
- "Supreme Court says Globe U and MN School of Business made illegal loans". Twin Cities. 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
- State v. Minnesota School of Business, Inc., 2018 WL 2470706 (Minn. Ct. App. June 4, 2018), http://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/Appellate/Court%20of%20Appeals/Standard%20opinions/OPa171740-060418.pdf
- Fain, Paul. "A Shuttered For-Profit Re-Emerges". Inside Higher Ed. Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 9 August 2017.