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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Elevation to University Status

On August 28, 2008, Brooks was quoted in The St. George Spectrum saying the school "gained university status about two weeks ago and is in the last stage of the accreditation process." (This article is now dead-linked.)

On August 20, 2008, the San Juan Record reported that "for many years, George Wythe College has sustained slow but steady growth that was guided by a long-term plan entitled, 'The Proposal for George Wythe University' .... The state of Utah recently authorized George Wythe College to transition to George Wythe University."

The Proposal
The first mention I can find of this proposal is not several years ago, but five months ago. It appeared in the August 2008 Statesman. Granted, the GW website claims Brooks provided the document to the AALE in September 2006. However, using the Internet Wayback Machine I was unable to find even a mention of the proposal in earlier versions of the www.gwc.edu website.

Utah's Role
As far as the state of Utah's role, it's not what you would think. According to the Utah Department of Commerce, Brooks registered the name "George Wythe University" on March 26, 2008, as a DBA ("Doing Business As") designation for the George Wythe Foundation. You can see for yourself here. That appears to be the beginning and the end of the state's involvement. I'm not sure it supports the statement that "the state of Utah recently authorized George Wythe College to transition to George Wythe University."

As always, the school is registered under the Utah Post Secondary Proprietary School Act.

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