Stevens–Henager College

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Stevens Henager College
Motto"Educating professionals since 1891"
TypePrivate non-profit college[1][2][notes 1]
Parent institution
Center for Excellence in Higher Education
PresidentEric Juhlin
Main campus: Ogden, Utah
ColorsGrey and electric blue
WebsiteStevens 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).[1] 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."[3][4]


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.[5]

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.

Non-profit status[edit]

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.[6][7]

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.[8]


Stevens–Henager College has an online college (Independence University) and six campuses across Utah and Idaho.[9] Campuses are in:



Stevens-Henager is an accredited member of Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).[11][12] 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)[13] 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.[14]

Stevens-Henager is not regionally accredited.[14]

Courses and costs[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Korn, M. (August 31, 2016). "Utah-Based College Sues Government Over For-Profit Status". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Woods, Benjamin (August 11, 2016). "Feds deny nonprofit status for Utah's Stevens-Henager and sister colleges, warning other such schools 'Don't waste your time'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  3. ^ [Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges]] (September 6, 2018). "System-Wide Review Probation Order" (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Kreighbaum, Andrew (September 11, 2018). "Probation for For-Profit College Chain". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "About Stevens-Henager College". Stevens-Henager College. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Halperin, D. (February 11, 2013). "If a For-Profit College Becomes a Non-Profit, Is That Good? Not Necessarily". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Halperin, D. (November 23, 2015). "Breaking: Court Rejects CollegeAmerica's Effort to Dismiss Fraud Case". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "College Navigator - Search Results". Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Our Locations - Stevens-Henager College". Stevens-Henager College. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "ACCSC Schools to be Considered List – November 2005 - ACCSC" (PDF). Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  12. ^ "Accredited College | Stevens-Henager College". Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  13. ^ "Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs". Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  14. ^ a b "Accreditation".


  1. ^ a b 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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Coordinates: 41°13′58″N 112°00′41″W / 41.23278°N 112.01139°W / 41.23278; -112.01139