In 2011, investigations into the recruiting practices of the school were launched by the Attorneys General of Kentucky and Indiana.
In 2015, EDMC, Brown-Mackie's parent company, agreed to forgive more than $100.8 million in student loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students.
In 2016, eleven former Brown Mackie nursing students in Tucson, Arizona sued the school for consumer fraud. The plaintiffs alleged that the poor training they received left them unable to be gainfully employed. The plaintiffs expected to graduate in 2015 until a state nursing board investigation found some of the school's faculty were unqualified and were using veterinary supplies to teach students how to care for human patients. The Arizona nursing board barred the Brown Mackie students from taking the practical nurses licensing exam and ordered the school to retrain the students at the company's expense.
As of June 11, 2016, it was announced that 22 of 26 Brown Mackie campuses were closing.
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