Ashford University (AU) is a for-profit school with both a balance of in-person classes and online classes designed to allow students to balance work with coursework to earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Educational materials are available 24 hours a day. The school’s mission is “to promote a vigorous and diverse learning environment that is shaped by modern awareness, intellectual inquiry, and a shared search for truth in which the students gain knowledge and build skills valuable in their personal and career development”.
AU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Available programs include Associate of Arts in Business, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Social Science w/ Education concentration, Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Recreation Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Organizational Management, and Master of Arts In Teaching and Learning with Technology.
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Admissions are non-competitive. High school graduation or equivalency is the only across-the-board requirement for potential students. There are rolling admissions deadlines, and programs can be initiated at virtually any time of the year.
The University offers its distance-learning students an array of financing options, most of which focus on loans. However, federal and state grants may also be awarded in some cases. Applicants seeking financial aid must complete their online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. There are also military benefits available to those who serve the nation and their family members.
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Students are encouraged to participate in the various clubs and organizations. Some of the student organizations are Ashford-Clinton Unity (ACU), Pre Law Society, Ashford Student Iowa State Education Association (ASISEA), Closer to God (C2G), Environmental Club Association, Golden Key International Honour Society, Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.), Saints Media Production, and Women of Color. There are also several honor societies which include Alpha Sigma Lambda, Golden Key International Honour Society, and SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.
The library coordinates university-wide access to an array of research resources in microform, online, and paper formats. There are also librarians available for assistance on campus, online, and by phone. They additionally teach an Information Literacy Module, which is a constituent of the Freshman Experience course. The library houses more than 100,000 volumes, over 650 periodicals and journals, over 70,000 microform units, and more than 700 audio/ visual titles. There are also study areas, computers, printers, and copiers available for use; punch-binding and lamination services are also available during day hours. There are also some online resources available such as APA PsycNET, Project MUSE, World Book Online, Credo Reference, PrairieCat, and Eisenhower National Clearinghouse.
The Office of Student Access and Wellness strives to assist community development through advocacy, education, and support services. The staff works toward an environment, which both respects and values the student’s diversity and encourages self-advocacy and self-determination in them. It also offers special disabilities services for the students with documented disabilities. The institute provides accommodation facilities to both online and offline students with documented disabilities.
The combined student population enrolled in both the online division and its bricks-and-mortar counterpart numbers as high as 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
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AU has several men’s and women’s sports teams that compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Midwest Collegiate Conference. They are nicknamed as the Saints. The athletic department fields teams in men’s and women’s golf, basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, and several other sports. Some of the sports facilities include Ashford Indoor Community Tennis Center, Imperial Lanes (Camanche), Kehl Arena, Alliant Energy Field, and Eagle Heights Elementary School.
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Ashford’s Flavian Achievement Center has been named after Sister Flavian Launderville, OSF, who taught for several years in Clinton’s Catholic schools. Sister Flavian was well-known for giving students individual attention in the areas of study in which they experienced difficulty. The Flavian Center is committed to helping learners of all ability levels to achieve and maintain the academic competencies. The general education requirements at the university cover an array of disciplines.
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