(Bowling Green, OH) Bowling Green State University is set to take over operation of Mercy College.
Bowling Green State University and Mercy Health have signed a letter of intent for BGSU to take over operations of Mercy College of Ohio; a move officials say will increase education opportunities in nursing and related programs in the area.
The letter, signed on Monday, is the first step in what officials describe as a “two or three-year” process that would bring the 100-year-old Catholic college, its students, and faculty under the control of the public university.
Officials declined to provide specific financial details of the takeover, citing ongoing discussions.
Any deal requires approval from various entities, including the U.S. Department of Education, accreditation agency Higher Learning Commission, and the Ohio Board of Nursing.
Mercy College, which is sponsored by Mercy Health, offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees as well as certificate programs to about 1,300 students in Toledo and 200 in Youngstown, and employs 120 faculty and staff.