|Motto||"Educating professionals since 1891"|
|Type||Private non-profit college[notes 1]|
|Center for Excellence in Higher Education|
|Colors||Grey and electric blue|
|Website||Stevens Henager College|
Stevens–Henager College is a private non-profit college in Ogden, Utah.[notes 1] The college is one of four educational institutions affiliated with the Salt Lake City-based Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE). Established in 1891, the college has five campuses in Idaho and Utah. It offers online and on-campus programs for associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. Although it is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, Stevens–Henager College and all other institutions owned by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education were placed on probation in September of 2018 because "the inputs, resources, and processes of CEHE schools are designed and implemented in a manner that is not designed for student success."
Stevens–Henager, one of the oldest colleges in Utah, was opened in September 1891 by Professor James Ayers Smith, an educator from Nebraska, as the Inter-Mountain Business College, with an enrollment of seven pupils. It began teaching commercial subjects and placed graduates in business positions. Paul Kenneth Smith, son of James Ayers Smith, began as the typewriter machinist and later served as an instructor at the college.
For about 19 years, Stevens–Henager College was known as Intermountain Business College. A Biennial Catalogue for enrollment 1908-09 shows the school's name as The Smithsonian Business College and Shorthand School, 258 Twenty Fourth Street, Ogden, Utah.
The faculty and staff included:
- James A. Smith, President, Lecturer in Commercial Law and Political Economy, Instructor in Commercial Arithmetic, Theory of Accounts and Practical Business
- Anna L. Smith-Moore, Principal of the Shorthand Department and Instruction of English
- Mrs. T. C. Gordon, Associate Principal in Shorthand and Type Writing Department
- Mabel Wells-Smith, Instructor of Shorthand and Type Writing
- Catherine G. Carnahan, Assistant Principal in Commercial and Business Departments
- Jennie V. Olsen, Assistant Instructor, Night School
- Paul Kenneth Smith.
In 1910, Professor J. A. Smith retired and sold the school to C. S. Springer, who changed the name to the Smithsonian Business School. In 1938, the college was purchased by Dr. David B. Moench, son of Louis F. Moench, a Utah educator and the first principal of Weber Stake Academy, which later became Weber State College. It then became known as the Moench University of Business and operated as such until 1940, when it was purchased by I. W. Stevens and renamed Ogden Business College. The name was changed to Stevens–Henager College in 1959.
Stevens-Henager has its main campus in Ogden, Utah. In 1978, the college established a campus in Provo. Other campuses followed including Salt Lake City Campus in Utah in 1999, Logan Campus in Utah in 2001, and Boise Campus in 2004 in Idaho.
In 2012, the college announced its intent to transfer to non-profit status for Title IV financial aid purposes (not to be confused with their non-profit Internal Revenue Service status) through its affiliation with the CEHE. However, a whistleblower suit was filed in Idaho against the CEHE collective of schools by two former recruiters alleging they were paid "bonuses, commissions, and other forms of incentive compensation in violation of the federal ban on such compensation." In May 2014 the U.S. Department of Justice joined the suit, stating that from its point-of-view the CEHE "directly or indirectly encouraged its recruiters to enroll anyone who was willing to apply for federal funds regardless of the students’ likelihood of success or ability to benefit" from the associated schools' educational programs. The Colorado Attorney General filed a similar lawsuit in December 2014. It alleged "staff consistently misled and lied to students about the selectivity of the school, the transferability of credits, the jobs they could obtain, the salaries they could earn, and more," though CEHE denied the allegations as "full of distortions [and] half-truths."
On August 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education rejected the college chain's attempt to make its schools non-profit for Title IV financial aid purposes, leaving the schools for-profit for Title IV. In the Department of Education's statement, they said "non-profit institutions must be owned and operated by a non-profit where no part of the net earnings benefit any private shareholder or individual," and it had found, in its review, this was not the case. United States Secretary of Education John King Jr. said "This should send a clear message to anyone who thinks converting to nonprofit status is a way to avoid oversight while hanging onto the financial benefits. Don't waste your time."
The CEHE filed suit against the Department of Education on August 30, calling its decision "arbitrary and capricious and inconsistent with the treatment of similarly situated nonprofit schools."
As of July 2018, the US Department of Education online database still lists the Stevens Henager College campuses and Independence University as Not for Profit.
Stevens–Henager College has seven campuses and three satellite locations across Utah and Idaho. The main campus is in Ogden, Utah. Branch campuses are in Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; Layton, Utah; Logan, Utah; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Boise, Idaho; and St. George, Utah.
Stevens-Henager is an accredited member of Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). College degree programs are accredited by national accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education providing accreditation to non-university postsecondary colleges. Stevens-Henager's Medical Specialties Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (CRB-AAMAE) recommendation. Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST) and Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) have recommended the accreditation of Surgical Technology Program and Respiratory Therapy Program, currently offered by the College.
Courses and costs
The college offers assorted degree courses in the fields of medicine, healthcare, accounting, computers, business, and graphic arts. An associate degree is estimated to cost $42,430, a bachelor's degree is estimated to cost $74,790 and master's degrees are estimated to cost $28,482, not including any interest on loans. The school practices a policy of "never bring unwelcome surprises". This means that as an all-inclusive program a student can fully understand the true costs of the school instead of find out they are in much more debt than necessary or anticipated.
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- The college's parent company, CEHE, is a non-profit organization; it is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. However, the U.S. Department of Education classifies the college as a for-profit institution for federal financial aid purposes. The college has vigorously disputed this classification.
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