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HBC name change approved

April 18, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN

Hagerstown Business College can change its name to Kaplan College, a state commission decided Wednesday.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission voted 7-0 in favor of the request, commission spokeswoman Helen Szablya said.

Wednesday's approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission means HBC can now ask its accrediting agency for final permission to change its name.

"The name change really has to do with our expanded mission," particularly the addition of bachelor's degrees, HBC President W. Christopher Motz said.

HBC and Kaplan College are part of Kaplan Higher Education, which is owned by The Washington Post Co.

There currently are six Kaplan College campuses in the country - three in Indiana and one each in Colorado, Wisconsin and Washington state, according to Kaplan College's Web site.

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HBC - which grants two-year degrees and certificates in business and office technology and the medical and legal fields - went through the same process while seeking approval to award four-year degrees.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission voted 10-1 last month in favor of HBC's proposal to offer bachelor's degrees in information technology and business administration.

Motz said the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools also must review the bachelor's degree proposal.

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