The University of Phoenix, an accredited institution, was founded in 1976 to provide working adults with higher education options. As technology has improved, the University has kept pace. A provider of online education for the past 20 years, the University of Phoenix remains committed to its mission of offering “access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations and provide leadership and service to their communities.” The University of Phoenix keeps its curriculum updated as the job sector changes, and periodically reviews its courses to make sure that they reflect current industry standards and practices.
The University of Phoenix prides itself on catering to all types of students, at all levels of education and with all levels of educational needs. Students can choose from any of the following options:
- Individual courses that cover everything from business and finance to nursing and health administration. These courses are credit bearing and typically come from degree programs.
- General electives courses that may be transferable to a degree program.
- Courses for educators for meeting potential endorsement, recertification or professional development requirements.
- Test-preparation courses for industry-recognized exams for human resource managers, project manager professionals and prospective teachers in certain states.
- Non-credit professional development courses for managers.
- Certificate programs that provide a deeper exploration into areas such as human resources, project management, accounting and technology. These are credit-bearing collections of courses.
The University of Phoenix requires a high school diploma, GED, California High School Proficiency Examination certificate or foreign secondary school equivalent from its applicants for Associate or Bachelor degrees. The University is committed to assisting all students, with its flexible schedules and liberal policy of granting credit for prior work. Students are eligible to transfer credits from regionally accredited or nationally accredited degree-granting institutions, or credit earned through a national testing program such as CLEP, DANTES or Advanced Placement.
Further, the University has instituted the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process, through which students may apply workplace and military training, and life experience, towards college credit. The University will allow up to half of the required credits in elective, interdisciplinary or general education courses for an associate or bachelor degree through PLA. To apply for credit, a student must:
- Create a Professional Training Portfolio, or
- Write an experiential learning essay on an approved topic.
The University aids those in the military through:
- A dedicated Military Division — nearly 1,000 strong and most with military backgrounds.
- Convenient local campus and online learning formats with classes beginning frequently.
- Special military tuition rates for active duty and their spouses, financing and GI Bill benefits.
- Credit for military experience.
- A wide range of regionally accredited degree programs at all levels — from associate through doctorate.
For students who are currently employed, the University of Phoenix has established a corporate articulation program, a partnership with private businesses. Through this program, the University agrees to grant college credit to students who complete approved and reviewed training at work.