Peoria campus get OK from HLC

ANGOLA, Ind. – It's official: Trine University's new Peoria, Ariz., campus has earned accreditation and is rolling out the red carpet to prospective students in the West Valley.

On April 23, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, approved Trine to conduct business in Peoria. The Higher Learning Commission conducts institutional accreditation, which is voluntarily sought by colleges and universities, according to HLC.

Trine had planned to offer its classes on the new campus in Peoria this fall and can begin offering seated classes this summer.

"We had planned to enroll 200 students this fall; now we're ready to push that ahead and start enrolling students for this summer," said Earl D. Brooks II, Trine president. "We announced on Monday that we have an admissions director in place, so we're good to go on serving students in the West Valley."

Peoria resident Bree Stalhut, who holds bachelor and master degrees from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, is Trine's admissions director. She may be reached at 480.209.3549, or at For more information about Trine in Peoria, visit

In October, Trine announced a partnership with the city of Peoria to open a campus this spring in that city, a suburb of Phoenix. Trine has students enrolled in online classes and intends to enroll an academically talented and culturally diverse student body.

The campus is located at 14100 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.

Trine plans to offer majors in areas in line with Peoria's 2012 Higher Education Feasibility Study and Economic Development Implementation Strategy. It will offer 23 degree programs with bachelor degrees in general engineering, applied management, business administration, communication, computer science, criminal justice, emergency management, engineering technology, general studies and psychology. Trine will offer master's degrees in criminal justice, engineering technology and leadership.

In February, Maricopa (Ariz.) Community Colleges approved Trine University as a transfer partner for programs in Peoria. The partnership allows Trine to accept credits earned by students attending Glendale Community College, or any of the other nine Maricopa schools.

MCC, a system of 10 colleges and two skill centers, enrolls more than 265,000 students each year.