Mormons transforming the biggest U.S. private junior college

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2000

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) -- Ricks College students aren't yet attending ''Brigham Young University-Idaho'' this fall, but officials are busy planning the transition to a four-year school.

President Gordon B. Hinckley of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs Ricks, announced June 21 that the nation's biggest private junior college would be transformed into a four-year campus of the church's university.

The staff has been assessing all resources and preparing for reaccreditation. Officials say the transition will be phased in over several years and that the school will avoid duplicating programs available elsewhere in the region, or at Brigham Young's other campuses.


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