Ashford University, University of the Rockies plan to merge
Ashford University and University of the Rockies announced Ashford University has submitted an application to the WASC Senior College and University Commission to merge, creating one institution, and to separate from Bridgepoint Education. As a combined institution, Ashford University will return to an independent, non-profit university. As a part of this transformation, Bridgepoint Education will become an Online Program Management company, bringing years of technological and academic innovation, and intellectual property development to other colleges and universities desiring to serve their students through online postsecondary education programs. Pending necessary approvals, the merged institution of Ashford University and University of the Rockies intends to negotiate a services agreement to become Bridgepoint Education's first client as an OPM. These transformations are expected to be complete by the end of 2018.