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University of Phoenix Online Program Review

The mission of University of Phoenix is to provide access to higher education opportunities that give students the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful professional, productive individuals and community leaders. The school works to create programs that aid in the students’ learning process and to help them learn to use the knowledge and values they gain most effectively in their workplaces. Students will build skills in communication, critical thinking, collaboration, as well as a lifelong commitment to learning.

The University of Phoenix was founded in 1976 by Dr. John Sperling and today is the United States' largest for-profit school with both Internet and campus-based programs. The school has gradually expanded, and in 1980, the school opened a new campus in San Jose, California, and in 1989 one of the first online campuses. All in all, the University of Phoenix has 79 local campuses and 117 learning centers in 38 states in the United States, as well as in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands.

Adult learners will find programs at the University of Phoenix to be specially designed to be suited to their needs and learning styles. John Sperling, founder of the university, found in his research that many programs at colleges were designed for those fresh out of high school and that often adult learner’s needs were ignored or downplayed. Adults at the University of Phoenix will join well-known alumni like basketball star Shaquille O’Neal and the current United States Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters.

Students can work on degree programs at the Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral and Certification levels with the University of Phoenix online. Courses will be taught by faculty who are currently working in their fields, so they’ll be up-to-date on the latest advancements as well as be able to share their experiences in the workplace with students. Currently, the school is offering programs in fields that include Elementary Education, Criminal Justice and eBusiness.

"While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative."

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