AIB Announces Merger Timeline, Athletics Program Ending This Year

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DES MOINES, Iowa - AIB College of Business held a press conference Thursday to announce more information about the merger with the University of Iowa.

AIB Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Costa said the the last graduating class from AIB will be in June 2016. About 450 students will not be able to finish their degrees at AIB. Counselors will work with students to complete their degrees at AIB or transfer to the University of Iowa. Students wishing to transfer will have to meet the same transfer requirements as other students applying to the University of Iowa.

Meetings were held with student athletes, coaches and staff Thursday afternoon where Athletics Director Al Dorenkamp announced that all athletics programs will be discontinued after the spring season.

University of Iowa President Sally Mason announced that the University of Iowa will begin Des Moines operations in July 2016. President Mason invited Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa to offer classes at the Des Moines campus.

On January 26, officials from both AIB and the University of Iowa announced that AIB would be gifted to the University of Iowa, becoming the UI's Des Moines campus.

AIB President Nancy Williams said she first talked with UI President Sally Mason about the merger last summer.  However, documents obtained by Channel 13 showed what the public and students were told about the merger was different than what was discussed behind closed doors. The minutes of the January 14 board of trustees meeting shows the sports program would be phased out immediately.  AIB’s president Nancy Williams had said the school hadn’t determined the program’s fate.

Student athletes held a protest on January 30 to protest the decision.

Stay with Channel 13 News and whotv.com for the latest on this developing story.

7 comments

  • joe

    Just as well bring in the bulldozers this summer if the kids wanted to go to Iowa University the would have gone to Iowa City

    • JB

      Im afraid not. Let’s not inflate the academic potential of AIB students or pretend AIB was ever a noteworthy institution. The fact is that these students are here because: A) couldnt get into UI/ISU/UNI (in order or admission toughness) and B) they didnt know better.

  • Murphy

    I attended AIB and received my Associates and Bachelors Degree from there in 2012. I choose AIB because of the atmosphere and the tradition. Tradition and atmosphere has 100% gone out the window now due to this merger. AIB is forever gone as we once knew it. It is sad to see AIB ran into the ground like this. I once truly valued my education and experience from there, now it just is embarrassing. I hope that I am wrong but I do not see this going as they hope it will. I guess their tagline “AIB, Strictly Business” means a lot more now.

    • bjertbjaeger

      AIBs tradition is that it’s a joke of school, always has been, always will be, they attempted to put lipstick on their pig, and it still smelled, hence the debt and sinking revenues, which they hid from the public. A BS from AIB is worth less than AA from a community college.

      • bjertbjaeger

        Somehwta accredited like a trade school, few of their instuctors can teach at schools like the U of I because they don’t have proper credentials. The only financial aid your eligible other than limited private scholarships are students loans.

        The funny thing here is what all the students with loans will do when they find out the U of I won;t accept them. Welcome to the next batch of unpaid student loans, only this time the school is at fault and the state will do nothing but go after the students.

        Kind of makes you wonder why the state hasn’t taken a closer look at this, who’s got pals in the right places, because quite frankly, there appears to be serious issues, wouldn;t surprise me if money came up missing in a an audit.

  • John Smith

    STILL not seeing a smoking gun, here, as hard as WHO-TV News keeps trying to insinuate one. Even the AIB President’s statements do not seem to actually be dis-proven by all this “reporting”.

    Other proprietary schools have, in the past, informed their students of their decision to close with locked doors on Monday morning. AIB seems to be at least trying to make an orderly transition.

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