PHOENIX (April 13, 2009) - In an ongoing effort to open the doors to new educational pathways for prospective and current students in the field of Information Technology, University of Phoenix, the nation's largest institution of higher education, has signed a collaborative articulation agreement with Sun Microsystems where college credit can be awarded to students who hold Sun certifications.

Through this global academic alliance, students may be eligible to receive up to 15 credits toward an associate's degree and up to 30 credits toward a bachelor's degree at University of Phoenix for prior training courses, certificates and licensures completed through Sun or Sun Authorized Partners.

"The articulation benefits students as they get an opportunity to learn real world technologies from a leader in open source enterprise technologies while continuing their degree programs with University of Phoenix," said Karie Willyerd, CLO and VP, Sun Learning Services. "Sun Authorized training and certification provides additional credentials to help make students ready for competing in a tough job market."

University of Phoenix considers more than 1,000 Sun courses eligible for college credit and together, the institutions have developed a Credit Recommendation Guide, for both national and international students, that lists courses and equivalencies the University may accept for credit. Credit is determined by having students undergo the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process, which determines if learning received outside of the traditional university classroom is equivalent to academic curriculum. Credit granted through the PLA process will automatically apply toward a student's undergraduate education.

"This strategic articulation agreement came about as a result of University of Phoenix's desire to provide ongoing value to students," said Blair Smith, Ph.D., Dean, College of Information Systems & Technology at university of Phoenix. "University of Phoenix sees Sun certification as extremely valuable and we are honored to partner with Sun to help students get one step closer to their Associate's or Bachelor's degrees."

University of Phoenix offers a wide variety of programs in the field of Information Technology, such as Business Systems Analysis, Software Engineering, Web Development and more. Depending on the program selected by a student, courses may be taken online—anytime, any place—or at one of nearly 100 University of Phoenix locations nationwide.

More information on the agreement, access to the Sun Credit Recommendation Guide and information on Prior Learning Assessments can be found at Visit: for additional information on how Sun has teamed with the University of Phoenix on this program.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of February 28, 2009, 397,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.