Education Management Corp is cutting about 400 jobs, or 2 percent of its total workforce, at its online division, a spokeswoman for the U.S. for-profit education company told Reuters.
Last week, the company told its employees that it was evaluating options at its online operations, including job cuts, citing a weak economy and changing regulations.
The entire for-profit education industry has been experiencing a drop in enrollments as tough new rules from the U.S. government forced them to tighten admission standards, or risk losing federal aid.
The job cuts — effective Feb. 10 — would be in Arizona and Pennsylvania, spokeswoman Jacki Muller said in an emailed statement.
EDMC, which runs the Art Institutes, Argosy University and Brown Mackie Colleges, has a total of 20,000 employees.
The online higher education unit oversees the web-based operations of all of EDMC's education institutions.