APUS Expands Associate Degree Programs

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AA degree concentrations are now stand alone degrees for online university system.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has given approval to American Public University System (APUS) http://www.apus.edu to enhance its associate degree programs. One Associate of Arts degree in General Studies, with multiple concentrations, has now been changed to several stand alone associate degrees in those fields. With HLC’s approval of these changes, APUS may now award Federal Student Aid (FSA) funding under Title IV to students enrolled in the stand alone associate degree programs.

“These changes give more choices to APUS students,” said Dr. Frank McCluskey, provost and executive vice president for APUS. “In addition, we are pleased that the new stand alone associate programs are eligible for Federal Student Aid, which will help more students gain access to higher education."

Regionally accredited, APUS serves more than 33,000 part-time students who live and work in all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. With the addition of the new associate degrees, APUS now offers 73 degree programs in fields ranging from homeland security, military studies, intelligence, and criminal justice to technology, business administration, public health, and liberal arts. Current and prospective students may begin to register for the new stand alone associate degree programs later this summer.

“Improving associate degree programs will help further the APUS mission of providing relevant, affordable and student-focused online degree programs to those who serve,” said Wallace E. Boston, Jr., president and chief executive officer of APUS.

The approved changes to the Associate of Arts in General Studies are as follows:

2007 AA Degree Concentrations         
Associate of Arts in General Studies             
with a concentration in:    
Accounting        
Business Administration        
Communication             
Computer Applications        
Counter-Terrorism Fundamentals        
Explosive Ordnance Disposal        
Fire Science        
Health Services Administration        
History        
Hospitality Restaurant Operations        
Infant and Toddler Care        
Military Studies        
Paralegal Studies        
Personnel Administration             
Real Estate Management        
Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness

2008 Approved Changes
Associate of Arts in General Studies     
AA in Accounting
AA in Business Administration
AA in Communication    
AS in Computer Applications
AA in Counter-Terrorism Studies
AS in Explosive Ordnance Disposal
AS in Fire Science
AS in Public Health
AA in History
AA in Hospitality
AA in Early Childhood Care & Education
AA in Military History
AS in Paralegal Studies
AA in Personnel Administration
AA in Real Estate Studies
AA in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness

AA – Associate of Arts
AS – Associate of Science

About American Public University System
American Public University System is comprised of American Military University (http://www.amuonline.com)] and American Public University (http://www.apu.apus.edu)]. Courses are taught by professors who are experienced in the real-world subjects they teach. APUS’s curriculum, affordability and flexibility helps working adults pursue degrees in homeland security, national security and emergency and disaster management. APUS also offers programs in professional studies, management, and liberal arts. A university book grant supplies textbooks at no cost for eligible undergraduate students. Eligible students may apply for Federal Student Aid. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc., (NASDAQ: APEI). For more information, please visit http://www.americanpubliceducation.com.

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Contact:
Renée Williams Hockaday
American Public University System
703.334.3868
rhockaday @ apus.edu

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