U. Arizona acquires online university to better serve non-traditional students

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The University of Arizona on Monday announced plans to acquire an online university to expand educational opportunities to more students.

By acquiring the University of Ashford, a fully online university, which will be renamed the University of Arizona Global Campus, the University of Arizona will be able to provide increased access to education to under-represented and non-traditional students. , including veterans, parents and professionals, according to Craig. Wilson, vice-president of online and distance education at UA.

And while the University of Arizona already offers several degree programs for students online, the independent, fully online global campus will allow UArizona to expand its reach beyond its local community and create new ones. pathways for students to earn degrees, Wilson told EdScoop.

“Non-traditional students, usually 25 and over, work, have families, have a lot of other things to do in their lives,” he said. “These are the students we wanted to make sure they have excellent access to a high quality education, and this type of arrangement allows us to do that.”

And by acquiring Ashford University, which already serves more than 30,000 students across the United States with nearly 150 online programs, UA administrators say they will be able to fulfill their mission of providing to non-traditional students flexible educational programs much faster.

Arizona will acquire all of Ashford University’s assets, including its education programs, faculties and technology to support online learning, Wilson said.

The University of Arizona global campus will continue to use the University of Ashford’s learning management system, as well as the electronic classrooms where classes are held, he added.

Current Ashford University students will be able to continue their courses and study programs without interruptions or delays, according to UA.

The establishment of the University of Arizona’s global campus, Wilson said, will also help his institution’s traditional campus improve its online programs and better serve all of its students.


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