Meritus History and Accreditation

Meritus University: Designation under the New Brunswick Degree Granting Act

By Order-in-Council 2008-138, dated March 20, 2008, Meritus University was designated under subsection 3(1) of the New Brunswick Degree Granting Act to grant the following degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Bachelor of Information Technology Management (BITM). Designation to grant these degrees followed a process that began in October 2005 when Apollo Group, Inc.[1], applied to the Department of Post-secondary Education, Training, and Labour (PETL, http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/post-secondary_education_training_and_labour.html) to offer university degree programs. PETL requested the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC, http://www.mphec.ca/) to assess the proposed programs. A comprehensive site visit and program review ensued, and in December 2007, the MPHEC indicated to the Minister of PETL that the BBA, BITM, and MBA degree programs met the standards required for designation under the Degree Granting Act.

In September 2009, a panel of experts retained by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission conducted a site visit to assess whether Meritus had established the governance, policies, and infrastructure required of a degree-granting institution. The panel concluded that all criteria relevant to academic governance and quality assurance were met.

Meritus University was closed by Apollo Group, Inc., in early 2011 because enrolments were insufficient to meet growth requirements. The last classes were taught on March 15th of 2011. No students graduated; no degrees were issued. Meritus University students transferred their Meritus credits to approximately thirty other Canadian universities and colleges (including at least fifteen universities that are members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada), and to degree-granting institutions in Australia, United Kingdom, West Indies, United States, and United Arab Emirates. The programs and courses offered at Meritus University met all the standards expected of Canadian degree programs and the university itself provided all of the services, infrastructure, and policies required of a Canadian degree granting institution.

[1] Apollo Group, Inc., located in Phoenix, Arizona, has been an education provider for more than 30 years, providing academic access and opportunity to students through its University of Phoenix, Institute for Professional Development, College for Financial Planning, Western International University, and Apollo Global. The Company's distinctive educational programs and services are provided at the undergraduate and graduate levels in 40 states and the District of Columbia; Puerto Rico; Chile; Mexico;; and online throughout the world.