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For-profit university eyes College Park office space

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National American University wants to turn 35,000 square feet on the second floor of a building in the College Park office complex into its latest campus.

The for-profit chain of colleges, based out of South Dakota, has asked the city’s Department of Metropolitan Development for a zoning variance for the building at 3600 Woodview Trace—immediately north of the Pyramid office towers on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

The request is scheduled to be considered by the Board of Zoning Appeals on May 15.

National American University Holdings Inc. operates 35 campuses nationwide, which includes the one in Indianapolis. National American already has a distance-learning center in Carmel, which offers help to online students located in this area.

Through its physical and online campuses, National American enrolls nearly 11,000 students.

The campus will open Aug. 1, although it is not clear how many students National American intends to enroll at the Indianapolis campus. Messages left for National American executives Friday morning were not immediately returned.

Also unclear is what types of programs National American would offer at its Indianapolis campus. Nationally, its schools offer a bevy of associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs in business, criminal justice, information technology and health care, including nursing.

If its zoning petition is approved, National American would join a handful of other for-profit schools in the College Park area. The Art Institute of Indianapolis, owned by Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp., opened in one of the Pyramid towers in 2006. Fort Wayne-based Indiana Tech also has a campus in one of the towers.

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  1. What became of this project? Anyone know?

  2. Scott, could you post an enlarged photo of the exterior of the building? This will be a great addition to Walnut Street. This area will only continue to develop with additions like this. Also, please give us more updates on the "Cultural Trail light" expansion. Also a great move for the city, as long as there is maintenance money set aside.

  3. Great story IBJ! Citizens don't have a real sense of the financial magnitude of supporting Indy's sports and tourism sector. The CIB was a brilliant idea for creating a highly integrated public-private partnership to support this sector from the economic activity it generates. Unfortunately, most folks think the benefits of that economic activity accrue directly to the City budget, and it doesn't. So though the CIB is facing lean times (covering its costs while maintaining minimally acceptable reserves), the City is operating with deficit - less tax revenue than expenses each year - with a very fragile reserve balance. That's why it's so challenging for the City to fund basic needs or new intitatives (e.g. pre-k education; new jail), and some credit rating agencies have downgraded Indy from it's past stellar AAA status. More reporting on City finances would be welcomed.

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