How does the designation Branch Campus impact Urbana University’s name?
While the Urbana University name will be maintained, it will now add either the descriptor “a branch campus of Franklin University,” or “a division of Franklin University” after its name on official documentation.
Will the Urbana University brand or identity change?
The Universities recognize that Franklin and Urbana attract different audiences and therefore each institution’s brand and identity will remain to preserve those distinctions. The branch campus status will allow for the best of both institutions to thrive while preserving the qualities that have attracted their unique audiences throughout the years.
What happens to UU’s probationary status?
As part of becoming a branch campus, Urbana University will withdraw its standing as an independent affiliation with the Higher Learning Commission and will fall under the accreditation of Franklin University. By making this change, Urbana University’s probation status no longer applies. This change positions the University to move forward with growth strategies that leverage existing academic strengths, as well as offer new academic programs and athletics that align with the interests, needs and workforce skills necessary for economic prosperity.
How do students benefit from this change?
Franklin and Urbana share common values, which is one of the reasons the collaboration between the two institutions has been successful. Urbana University will continue to operate as an institution that values its relationships with the community and respects its students and alumni. As the two institutions work together more closely, efficiencies will be gained through the integration of operations and infrastructure.
Leadership will continue to work to strengthen and enhance academic programs and combine offerings between the two institutions when appropriate.
In addition to infrastructure and academic enhancements, students now benefit from the planning and financial support provided to create a campus experience that is both safer and more appealing to our students.
Does single accreditation mean Urbana University and Franklin University will have the same tuition rates?
There are no immediate plans for changes to the existing tuition rate based on the branch campus status.
Will financial aid be impacted by the change to a branch campus status?
Student eligibility will not be impacted by this change. What will change is the institution code now that Urbana University will be considered a part of Franklin University and will therefore share the same identification code for financial aid application.
Will relationships with Board of Trustees members be maintained?
Franklin University will operate with a single Board of Trustees with a supporting Urbana University Advisory Board.