THE HISTORY OF OUR UNIVERSITY
The University of Arizona Global Campus has grown and transformed from a small, traditional college into a national online institution committed to supporting adult learners in realizing their personal and professional goals.
The University, originally named Mount St. Clare College, was founded in 1918 by the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton, Iowa, as a junior college for women.
The College was first accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (now the Higher Learning Commission) and has maintained its institutional accreditation since that time.
In 1967, 37 years after it awarded its first associate degree, Mt. St. Clare College opened its doors to men.
The college received approval for its first four-year degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration beginning its transformation from a junior college to a baccalaureate institution.
In December 2002, Mt. St. Clare College became The Franciscan University and the following year began to offer its first master’s degree online. In 2004, the university added to its name the qualifier, “of the Prairies” to minimize confusion with other Franciscan institutions.
The Sisters of St. Francis ended their long history of sponsorship of the university in 2005. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. purchased The Franciscan University of the Prairies on March 9, 2005, and it was renamed Ashford University.
While the residential campus continued to serve on ground students, the Ashford Online Center in Clinton, Iowa opened, making Ashford’s academic programs available to anyone with an Internet connection.
Due to the growth of the online student population, the University’s leadership decided to move Ashford’s headquarters from Clinton, Iowa, to San Diego, California, and Ashford applied for eligibility for accreditation with the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
In July, Ashford University became accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In November, with the alliance formed between Ashford University and Forbes Media, the College of Business and Professional Studies became the Forbes School of Business®.
The Forbes School of Business announced their new name, the Forbes School of Business and Technology®, reflecting the University’s commitment to and incorporation of technology into its academic programs.
In October, Ashford University and its sister institution, University of the Rockies, successfully merged to become one university and Ashford was approved to offer doctoral programs.
In June, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) reaffirmed Ashford University’s accreditation for six years with the next evaluation scheduled for spring 2025.
On July 1, 2020, Ashford submitted a proposal for a Change of Control and Legal Status to WSCUC. On August 3, 2020, the University of Arizona announced its intent to create a new nonprofit entity, The University of Arizona Global Campus that would acquire Ashford University from Zovio Inc. WSCUC approved the Change of Control in November.
On December 1, the transaction was complete and the university entered an exciting new era and became the University of Arizona Global Campus, an independent, accredited, online institution affiliated with the University of Arizona.
*Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.
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