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RELEASE: Argosy Dental Hygiene Students Receive Approval to Complete Their Degree at Century College

Thursday, May 23, 2019

St. Paul, MN- The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) ruled in favor today of a proposal by Century College to deliver 35 former Dental Hygiene students from the recently closed Argosy University an opportunity to complete their Dental Hygiene degree.

Argosy left students in all programs at all levels without clear transition options to other accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities. Among the impacted students, Dental Hygiene students in their last semester needed only one course to complete their program and apply for licensure.

The Minnesota House Higher Education Finance and Policy Division scheduled a special hearing during the legislative session and heard heartbreaking testimony from the Argosy students about their situation. Working closely and tirelessly with Minnesota State, Century College, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and the Office of Higher Education, Chair Bernardy prioritized displaced students to ensure they can continue their education so they can move on with their lives.

“I want to thank everyone for coming together to help put these students first,” Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-New Brighton), Chair of the Higher Education Finance and Policy Division remarked.

“I especially want to thank the Argosy students and staff for sharing their stories and for their strong advocacy to make sure they can be made whole. Everyone can agree that these students deserve help to get their lives back on track. As a committee, we will continue to work to help prevent this from happening again.”

The former Argosy Dental Hygiene students will begin class at Century College on June 3 of this year. The Century College Foundation will be providing students a scholarship to cover tuition.


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