Minnesota's Globe University and Minnesota School of Business has closed four campuses, moving students online or to other campuses, in the wake of continuing troubles with the state's attorney general.

In 2014, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sue the schools in 2014, alleging that high-pressure sales tactics caused students to enroll in expensive programs that did not deliver on promises of job placement. A trial on the allegations recently concluded, but a judge has not yet issued a ruling.

The campuses closed by Glob were in Lakeville, Brooklyn Center, Elk River and Plymouth. Around 45 jobs were eliminated in connection with the closing.

In announcing the campus closings, a Globe executive placed some blame on the consolidations on a "three-year negative publicity campaign orchestrated by the Minnesota attorney general." 

The executive, Jeanne Herrmann, also stated, "The attorney general's campaign has not only impacted our enrollment, but has also called into question the validity of the degrees of tens of thousands of our graduates."

The closings were reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


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