Behind an Online Giant's Accreditation Bid, a Small Brick-and-Mortar Campus

Chronicle photograph by Eric Kelderman

The library at Ashford U. The institution is closing the doors of its physical campus in Iowa but will maintain its online presence.
March 11, 2012

John Ballheim, vice president and campus director of Ashford University, can't stop saying that the small college he runs here is "so traditional." He says it frequently during a two-hour interview and tour of the campus, placing a lot of emphasis on…

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