John Sperling, PhD, a Cambridge-educated economist and professor-turned-entrepreneur, founded University of Phoenix in 1976. He made a commitment to provide working adults with higher education at times convenient to them. Today, our students study online, as well as at more than 100 locations across the United States, with availability in countries around the world. Not only do students attend classes that are convenient, they earn degrees that are built for the careers they want.
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Our commitment extends to our higher education innovations as well. University of Phoenix helped pioneer many of the conveniences that students now enjoy — evening classes, flexible scheduling, a university-wide academic social network, an immersive online classroom and an online library. In addition, the University has 20 years of experience in online education — a kind of education that’s research-proven to be just as effective as conventional instruction.
Our faculty members have both real-world and academic experience. This means students can use what they learn in class the very next day they’re at work. And we offer degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels — to give students choices and room to grow.
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University of Phoenix inspires excellence and the same principles of inclusion and progress that led to the founding of the University are reflected in our mission, purpose and strategy today. Just a few of the highlights:
• The University’s Severely Injured Veterans Scholarship program is recognized on the U.S. Army Community Covenant Web site as a national best practice in support of military members and their families.
• “Good Practices in Distance Education” by Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.
• Selected for excellence in undergraduate education and participated in the “Project Good Work” study, conducted by researchers from Harvard, Stanford, and Claremont Graduate University.
• Computerworld’s “100 Premier IT Leaders for 2009” awarded to Joe Mildenhall, University of Phoenix CIO.
• Council on Higher Education Accreditation recognized University of Phoenix as an exemplary institution for “Ensuring Quality in Distance Education.”
• The 2008 Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the category of New Magazines and Journals given to the Journal of Leadership Studies, a publication of the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix.