In the market for a regionally accredited (RA) private university in northern California? Be sure to have very deep pockets. If you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it, as the saying goes. Hint #1: A boarding school in North Carolina with a 100-acre campus recently sold for a cool $26 million. That should help you with your estimate. Hint #2: RA (WASC) is a key selling point and pushes up the price considerably.
I receive regular updates from Halladay Education Group (HEG), a Canadian company that bills itself as “one of the most active M&A consulting firms in the private education sector,” including non- and for-profit educational institutions. I share this recent update to offer my readers some insights into how this neck of the industry woods operates.
In this age of COVID-19 and the worst quarterly economic decline on record in the US, expect to see much more M&A activity in US higher education. Given that this announcement is being shared by HEG with its global network either means that the big money (VC, private equity) has already passed or that they simply want to cast a wider net.
Can anyone guess the name of the university? Hint: Do a search on CHEA (go to “Search Institutions”) by location, type of accreditation, and accreditor (WASC). Share your choice in the comments section below. Good luck!
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|July 21, 2020|
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Former for-profit Ashford University, which enrolls 35,000 students, will become the new, nonprofit University of Arizona Global Campus. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/08/03/university-arizona-acquires-ashford-university