Merger of Saint Leo and Marymount California

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by chrisjm18, Jul 29, 2021.

  1. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    "This agreement will unite the two Catholic, values-based institutions together under the Saint Leo University name, helping to provide students everywhere with a quality education. Saint Leo University is based in St. Leo, Florida, north of Tampa, and Marymount California University is in Rancho Palos Verdes, California."

    Full release:

    Saint Leo University

    Marymount California University
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    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Never heard of "Marymound California University" before, I only knew Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
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  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Whoa, you're right. I literally thought they were referring to Loyola Marymount until you said that.
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  4. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    More schools will merge or close. We have too many, and online education makes it difficult for small schools to compete.
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  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Agreed. I wonder how much financial benefit they're really going to get out of this. I suppose they'll need fewer administrators, but with two campuses that are nowhere near each other, the faculty requirements won't change much. (Well, until they cut programs, but they could have done that separately.)
  6. not4profit

    not4profit Active Member

    Whoa I actually work for Saint Leo and this is the first I am hearing of this. I guess I need to check my emails!
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  7. Asymptote

    Asymptote Member

    What happens re: accreditation in a case like this? Do they keep the east coast accreditation, or adopt the west coast, or both?
  8. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    Outside of some back office operations and senior administrative positions, it will be really interesting how they find significant cost savings. Arguably, their marketing costs may actually increase. Would presume any online courses would have redundancies, but would also presume that as a Catholic Universities they would be predominately emphasizing in-person courses. Shrugs.
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  9. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Well, it's a merger. They will become one university. So, I'm gonna assume that SACSCOC will be the retained accreditation. Marymount Cali will most likely become a campus of Saint Leo.
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