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University of Phoenix Honored with 2023 PESC Award for Career-Minded Learning Best Practices

By Sharla Hooper

Award highlights university commitment to preparing and supporting working adult learners with career focused programs and services

University of Phoenix is pleased to announce its recognition as a recipient of the 2023 Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) Award for Career-Minded Learning Best Practices. The PESC Awards celebrate institutions that exemplify excellence in leveraging technology, data standards, and best practices to enhance student success and streamline administrative processes. The University of Phoenix has been honored in the Career-Minded Learning category for its outstanding dedication to equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary for professional advancement in today's job market.

“We are proud to receive the 2023 PESC Award for Career-Minded Learning Best Practices," said Doris Savron, vice provost at University of Phoenix. “This recognition is an affirmation of our ongoing commitment to deliver high-quality education that prepares our students to thrive in their chosen career pathway. We are dedicated to leveraging innovation and technology to support best practices in learning experiences that empower career-minded adult learners to reach their fullest potential.”

The University of Phoenix's commitment to career-minded learning is evident through its innovative skills-tagged curriculum and digital badging model to meet working adult learners’ need to demonstrate skills attainment for workplace relevancy. The University has issued over 286,000 badges since September 2021, for skills obtained in undergraduate, graduate, and professional development courses. Currently, more than 89% of university programs open for new enrollment are now skills mapped. 

“I am struck by University of Phoenix’s focus on progressing the learner and opening up opportunities not previously available,” states Michael Sessa, President and Chief Executive Officer of PESC. “The knowledge, expertise, guidance, dedication, and care of University of Phoenix staff, from the Admissions Office to the Provost’s Office and beyond, is exceptional. This combined with a technologically sophisticated and user-friendly platform that integrates best practice standards is why PESC awarded 1st Place to the University of Phoenix.”

PESC leads the establishment and adoption of trusted, free and open data standards across the education domain by serving as an open standards-development and open standards-setting body (governed by a voluntary, consensus-based model), independently funded by annual membership dues, meetings and sponsorships, enabling PESC to support, publish and maintain PESC Approved Standards and technical information free and without charge. 

PESC was founded in 1997 at the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C. Learn more at

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit