Beyond the Classroom: Higher Education Partnerships for Sustainability

Many people know that University of Phoenix is a leader in higher education, but most don’t know about the University’s commitment to—and leadership in—environmental practices and sustainability. In fact, University of Phoenix ranks fifth on a list of colleges and universities powered by green energy. Spearheaded by the progressive mind of University of Phoenix founder John ...

A 20-Year Legacy of Innovation

Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education

In 1962, the American inventor and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller, in a talk delivered at the University of Southern Illinois, presented academe with a prescient recommendation. “Get the most comprehensive generalized computer ...

Maintaining Academic Integrity Online at University of Phoenix

Of all the values instilled in students by higher education, perhaps none is as essential as academic integrity. Unfortunately, students are not inevitably honest. In fact, a majority of students carry questionable ethical habits into college with them. According to a recent survey conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, 64 percent of 30,000 high school students ...

Marketing a Mission of Inclusiveness in Higher Education

For years marketing was seen as an abomination in higher education. Reputation alone was thought to “sell” an institution, to attract students as well as funding. Yet, as the number of colleges and universities began to grow in post-World War II America, the competition for enrollments increased intensely – particularly as the first wave of “baby boomers” passed college ...

Accessibility, Flexibility Lead to Diversity at University of Phoenix

Not since the G.I. Bill of Rights of World War II have so many adults sought higher education. Before the war, college was mostly a pursuit of the privileged, an unattainable dream for the average American. But after the 1944 passage of the bill, millions of veterans now found the doors of academe wide open and welcoming, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic ...

Diversity Defines New Generation of College Students

Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Much has been written about the current class of college undergraduates, the so-called “millennial generation,” born between 1980 and 2000. Many observers of academe have tried to ascribe a core set of traits to this vast group of ...

Green Commitment Infuses Every Facet of University of Phoenix Life

Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education

For many organizations, “going green” seems more a public relations campaign than a cultural commitment to change. But, for the University of Phoenix, “going green” reaches far beyond a simple slogan. Across the institution, ...

Agility, Innovation Lead University of Phoenix’s Response to America’s Changing Needs

Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education

These are the most uncertain times, socially and economically, that the country has seen in more than half a century. Change is occurring in nearly every sector of industry, with thousands of workers displaced and thousands ...

Connecting education to careers

Listen to Bill discuss how the University is helping add value to your education — and today’s workplace.

Dr. Bill Pepicello:
One of the things that we understand is that we have to continue to be responsive not just to our students’ needs, but to the needs of employers. And one of the things we really want to do is help connect our curriculum and our education to careers. So there’s been a great focus on us working with employers to help refresh and update our curriculum so that when students do graduate, they have a set of skills that employers will recognize as valuable in the workplace.

So we’ve been working, for instance, with our Bachelor of Science and Business programs to get those refreshed. We have a group of folks who are working directly with employers to help us develop competencies that we will then put into the curriculum. So we’ll be refreshing some of that curriculum. We’ll also be developing new curriculum in areas such as healthcare administration and IT. Some of these will be full programs; some of them will be certificates. What we’re looking for is how to structure that education experience so that it is valuable to our students, not just at graduation, but all along the way they have skills that are valuable to them that employers recognize as being valuable.

So the new programs and the refreshing of the old programs in line with our education to careers philosophy has been a very exciting development at the university.