The big day is here. Ashford University is now the University of Arizona Global Campus. We may have changed our name, but our passion for helping students achieve their personal and professional goals remains as strong as ever.
Global Campus continues Ashford’s legacy as a fully online university, providing access to high-quality higher education with flexible opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational and life goals.
“There has never been a time when access to quality higher education was more important than now,” says Dr. Nivine Megahed, chair of the Global Campus board of directors. “Our society’s future, both socially and economically, depends on our ability to increase educational opportunities for all, especially those who have been underserved,” she said.
How Does This Impact You?
You may be wondering what this means. First, it’s important for current students to know that you’ll be able to continue your degree program without interruption, while also taking pride in the Global Campus affiliation with the University of Arizona, one of the nation’s premier research institutions.
Global Campus is affiliated with the University of Arizona but has been established as a separate university with its own accreditation, programs, and faculty. Global Campus will continue to operate from its headquarters in San Diego, California. Leadership from both universities will look for synergies and collaborative opportunities to benefit their students, faculty, and staff. Ashford and Global Campus credits are transferrable to The University of Arizona just as they always have been.
“The leadership of the Forbes School of Business and Technology® is thrilled for our students, alumni, and faculty,” says Bob Daugherty, dean and professor of strategy and finance at the Forbes School of Business and Technology. “UAGC’s affiliation with the University of Arizona can create tremendous value, and this partnership will likely do just that, especially for our current and future students.”
Iris Lafferty, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, echoes Dean Daugherty’s sentiment.
“We look forward to what this affiliation promises and are excited to bring our heart for students, and our expertise in online teaching to The University of Arizona partnership,” she says.
Global Campus continues to work toward achieving nonprofit status. This is an ongoing process that will continue until all necessary regulatory approvals are in place.
Global Campus also is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001. The university’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the WSCUC for six years with the next reaffirmation review scheduled for 2025.
Below are a few answers to some of your most pressing questions. Join us for our Facebook Live information session on Wednesday, December 2 at noon PT, when University leadership and our Social Media Community Manager, Natalie Mell, will answer questions from the greater Global Campus community. Current students and alumni may also reach out to their Academic Advisor with any specific questions pertaining to your personal student account. For those interested in learning more about a Global Campus degree, contact an Enrollment Services Advisor.
1. Will students have a new uagc.edu email address?
Yes, but the transition to the uagc.edu email domain will take place over the next 90 days. You will be notified of changes to your primary e-mail account. If you have an @student.rockies.edu email address, there will be no immediate changes to your account. Further information will be provided as soon as we have updates. New staff, faculty, and students who join the university after December 1 will receive the
@uagc.edu email address.
Check your spam folder to make sure you don’t miss any important information as staff e-mails begin to transition to uagc.edu domain.
2. What if I used to be a student at Ashford, and I want to start school again?
Simply contact an advisor to discuss your options. Our internal processes have remained the same, and we are happy to help you return to school.
3. Will the school code change?
No, the school code will remain the same after the transition.
4. Will the tuition rates change when the transition is complete?
No tuition changes are planned related to the transition.
5. Will graduation requirements or graduation dates change?
No, your graduation requirements will not change. Information on 2021 commencements has not been announced. Look for future communications from the university and check the website for information about 2021 commencement activities.
Global Campus Resources
Especially during these challenging times, it’s also important for you to take advantage of our full suite of resources to help you succeed in your degree program and beyond:
- Career Services: Take your skills and degree into the workforce with student access to assistance and lifetime job support for alumni.
- Personalized Advisor Support: Continue to receive personalized support from a team of knowledgeable advisors from application to graduation and beyond.
- 24/7 Assistance: Get help from librarians, writing consultants, tutors, and tech support whenever you need it.
- Student Communities: Join one or more of 19 online student organizations, receive guidance from a CHAMPS mentor, and interact in our Facebook Groups to connect with your peers and support each other as you pursue your passions.
The Future of Global Campus
Whether you are a current student or you are considering a degree, you’ll be glad to know that Global Campus is building upon the solid foundation Ashford University established. Like Ashford, the Global Campus experience includes a full suite of student resources listed above. You can also rely on support from a team of advisors, faculty, and mentors who are dedicated to your success as a student. When it comes to technology, you’ll have access to learning tools that include a mobile app, coursework content in the cloud, a student portal, and more to keep you in touch with your courses and classmates while on-the-go.
“This announcement represents the beginning of a new, exciting era for our university”, said Dr. Swenson, Global Campus President. “It will create expanded opportunities for our students and provide even greater support for the innovative spirit that is part of our legacy,” he said.
It’s an honor to have you as part of the thriving Global Campus community. Together, we will continue to achieve great things!