On June 8, I had the privilege of participating in a session on student success at the Eduventures Summit in Boston with for-profit co-panelists Alan Drimmer, CEO of Promoted Inc. and former provost for University of Phoenix, and Diane Longhurst Johnson, president of New Charter University. Topics focused on our student demographics, the relevance of tax status to how students learn, policies/ actions we hope to see from the new administration, the potentially changing competitive landscape and implications of the proposed Purdue-Kaplan acquisition, and such issues as gainful employment and default ratios. These were clearly some difficult questions for any such panelist, let alone a new president like myself, to address.
At the 2017 annual APUS Commencement ceremonies on May 13, Dr. Karan Powell proudly announced that on July 1, 2017, APUS will begin taking applications for two new applied doctoral programs in global security and strategic intelligence. As a result, APUS moves from being a master’s-level to doctoral-granting institution, a significant milestone that furthers our continuing mission of creating high-quality programs focused on educating the nation’s military and public service communities.
Leave it to a bunch of scientists and engineers to stick to a schedule and actually start the march early! That’s what happened on a rainy Saturday, April 22, when my family and friends traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in the March for Science on the National Mall.
I am pleased to announce that our emergency and disaster management and fire sciences programs successfully achieved accreditation last week. Along with School of Security and Global Studies Dean Dr. Mark Riccardi and Program Director and Associate Professor Terri Wilkin, I attended the 2017 International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) last week in Oklahoma City to personally receive the recognition on behalf of APUS. In addition, we also attended site visitor training, which will allow us to serve as accrediting site visit team members for other institutions of higher learning who seek programmatic accreditation.
We have all likely encountered Transportation Security Administration (TSA) professionals and it’s clear that they have an extremely difficult job protecting our nation’s transportation infrastructure and each one of us when we travel. Earlier this week, we proudly announced a significant expansion of our existing TSA partnership. American Public University (APU) was selected by the TSA’s Institute of Higher Education as one of just two partners in education from a total field of 19 institutions nationwide to serve up to 20,000 TSA employees at 147 airports across 14 states and five U.S. territories.
Editor’s Note: Whether considering an online or traditional school, accreditation is a critical consideration at both the institutional and program level. APUS President Dr. Karan Powell explains how it underscores a commitment to quality, career-relevance and positive learning outcomes.