The Value of a University of Phoenix Education

Odds are a University of Phoenix student has touched your life. University of Phoenix graduated more than 700,000 students with accredited degrees in business, education, nursing, technology and other critically important fields.

Today, tens of thousands of University of Phoenix graduates are using their education to serve in the military, the classroom, health care facilities and local law enforcement. They are leaders in business, government and the communities in which they live.

For more than 35 years, University of Phoenix has pioneered innovative solutions to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world.

Value to Students

Most of our students already hold full-time jobs when they enroll, and statistics show that many experience wage increases that are above the national average salary increase for the same time period. In June 2011 the Center for College Affordability and Productivity noted the following on their website, “…the typical University of Phoenix alumni earns slightly more than those from the traditional competitive schools at every level of experience throughout their career. In fact, bachelor’s degree students enrolled at University of Phoenix in 2010 reported that they earned an average salary increase of 6.8 percent during the course of their degree program.”

The education students receive at University of Phoenix is valuable and helps them achieve their goals in life. One of the reasons for this is because our students are learning from faculty who work in the real world and hold successful positions in their professional fields. The classes we offer challenge our students—just ask them.

Many of our degree programs are accredited and help prepare students to thrive in today's job market. Since 2006 we have graduated more than 30,000 educators. Our teaching program is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Each state has its own state teacher credentialing examination and standards, and graduates of our teaching program must pass these necessary state examinations and student teaching requirements in order to become credentialed to teach in their state of residence.

University of Phoenix students report higher satisfaction rates than their peers across the nation in each of the 10 categories surveyed by the National Survey of Student Engagement. University of Phoenix students report higher satisfaction rates than their peers across the nation in each of the 10 categories surveyed by the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement. Students gave us our highest ranking in improving their knowledge of "thinking critically and analytically." Internal measurements show student satisfaction rates ranging from 91-96%.

Our alumni hold senior level positions in business and government. From CEOs, to entrepreneurs, our alumni network includes thousands of accomplished professionals who say their University of Phoenix degrees contributed to their success.

Value to Our Communities

More Americans than ever need a college degree and are seeking access to higher education. Jobs today require higher education, yet out of 132 million people in the labor force, about 80 million don't have a bachelor's degree, and 50 million working adults have never even tried. These individuals are increasingly looking for ways to remain competitive and advance in their careers in today's global economy.

Over 70% of today's students are now categorized by the U.S. Department of Education as "non-traditional" students. Our colleges and universities must meet the needs of today's working learners who have families and professional obligations that make it extra challenging to pursue a college degree. University of Phoenix provides a balanced approach to higher education, helping students earn a college degree while meeting their responsibilities at work and home.

America's higher education system must adapt to meet the needs of today's working learners. We are concerned that the country will not meet the national education goals set forth by President Obama without a postsecondary system that operates differently than it has in the past and which includes all types of schools—public, private, and proprietary.

The traditional higher education system is critically important in the United States, but it cannot support the demand for higher learning on its own. This system, which is exclusive in design, was built to meet the needs of a different era when only a small portion of the nation's workforce needed a college degree. Today's globally competitive, knowledge-based economy requires America to have a more broadly educated society.


University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix has been placed on Notice by the Higher Learning Commission. Notice is a Commission sanction indicating that an institution is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead it to be out of compliance with one or more Criteria for Accreditation. An institution on Notice remains accredited. At the end of the notice period, the Board of Trustees may remove the sanction, place the institution on Probation if the identified concerns have not been addressed, or take other action. For additional information visit ncahlc.org.

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