By Elizabeth Exline
Getting your degree is supposed to be the hard part, not deciding where to get it. But for those of us who can’t even come down firmly on what to have for dinner, figuring out which university is the right one can feel as monumental as taking your first statistics class.
Why is it so hard? Because you don’t know what you don’t know.
"Ninety-five percent of the questions we get are about time and money," observes Chris Gloor, vice president of enrollment at University of Phoenix (UOPX).
If you’re considering enrolling at UOPX, you’ll understandably want a clear idea of what your investment will be. But there are other concerns that are likely at the back of your mind, too. Or worries that you can’t quite figure out how to give voice to.
From the history of the university to enrollment questions you didn’t know you had, here’s the scoop on everything UOPX.
University of Phoenix is an institution designed to meet the unique needs of adult students. While this may sound like an obvious idea today, it was virtually unheard of when the University opened in 1976.
At that time, UOPX’s founder saw how adult learners could spend six to 10 years earning a degree, and he recognized an opportunity to do things differently.
The idea was simple: Getting a degree would still require self-discipline and hard work, but the process behind it could and should (and did) become far more accessible.
While this process has evolved over the decades, UOPX today stands out as a pioneer of online learning.
Online college is designed for students who are motivated, self-disciplined and work well independently. That doesn’t mean, however, that you’re on your own. UOPX students can look forward to collaborative opportunities with their peers and one-on-one connections with experienced faculty, all on a schedule that accommodates their other responsibilities. They also have access to a support team up to 20 hours a day, five days a week, plus academic counselors who are committed to student success and have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of surveyed students.
Lessons are posted at set times, and deadlines for assignments are provided ahead of time. Students can then access lessons whenever it’s convenient for them in order to meet their assignment deadlines.
This method has been so fine-tuned for effectiveness, in fact, that 92% of surveyed alumni who graduated in the past year said UOPX afforded them the flexibility to balance family, work, school and life.
Faculty members average 26 years of professional experience, some of them with C-suite credentials, which means students learn from industry leaders. Plus, these faculty bring a hands-on perspective that students can apply toward their work. No wonder 85% of surveyed students recommend their instructors.
Curriculum at UOPX is rooted in real-life results with many degree programs offering a certain level of customization via certificates. Advisory councils comprised of leaders in fields like IT, healthcare and business eet periodically to review industry needs and trends, providing valuable insights that help us keep our programs relevant. In fact, 83% of surveyed students believe UOPX provided them with skills and knowledge they could immediately apply to their careers.
With seven specialized, career-focused colleges, University of Phoenix offers more than 100 degree and certificate options, 90% of which are in growing fields. In addition to associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, UOPX offers 40+ certificates in business, education, healthcare and more, plus continuing education for teachers. The University also offers professional development courses that are non-credit and self-led in fields such as digital marketing and healthcare for those looking to upskill.
In response to a shifting workforce, UOPX continues to innovate. The University launched badges for specific offerings (select MBA and nursing courses) as a way to quickly convey the skills demonstrated by a student.
UOPX also helmed the development of skills-mapped courses using labor market insights and data from Lightcast, an organization that provides labor-market analysis. Skills-mapped courses align with specific job-ready skills based on job postings. Best of all, you’ll add these skills to your resumé every five to six weeks — not after graduation.
UOPX students enjoy several advantages that accompany the school’s approach to online learning. One of these is the 24/7/365 access students have to course materials. Another is the sequential structuring of courses: Students take one course at a time with classes starting every five to six weeks. That translates to up to 20 opportunities a year to begin a bachelor’s degree and up to 18 to start a master’s. Yet another is professional development courses, which are self-led and non-credit and enable employees to quickly and effectively upskill. Such agility speaks to both UOPX’s commitment to its students and industry alliances.