Approval supports the business transformation
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 15, 2019 — Bridgepoint Education announced today that AU NFP received determination from the Internal Revenue Service that it is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3). This determination is one of the steps needed in the process of separating Ashford University from Bridgepoint Education and converting Ashford University to an independent, self-governed institution. AU NFP is a nonprofit California public benefit corporation.
“This approval represents an important step in Ashford University’s efforts to become an independent, self-governed institution and for Bridgepoint, as we transfer to an education and technology services company that partners with higher education institutions to deliver innovative, personalized learning solutions driven by data,” said Andrew Clark, CEO of Bridgepoint Education, which currently owns Ashford University.
The final conversion and separation is subject to additional approvals.
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About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) harnesses the latest technology to reimagine the modern student experience through programs, technologies, and resources representing a unique model for advancing education in the 21st century. Bridgepoint stands for greater access, social learning, and exposure to leading minds. For more information, visit www.bridgepointeducation.com or www.facebook.com/BridgepointEducation.
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