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University of Phoenix Celebrates History and Future of Service to Working Adult Students

By University of Phoenix

  • Jul 24, 2018
  • 2 min read

PHOENIX, July 23, 2018 – Over its more than 40-year history, University of Phoenix has built an enduring legacy of improving the lives of its students, their families and future generations through career-relevant education. This month, the University is reflecting on its history as a trailblazer in expanding access to higher education to traditionally underserved and overlooked communities.

“When Dr. John Sperling founded University of Phoenix, he was intent on pioneering a model of education that was built especially for working adult students,” said Peter Cohen, president of University of Phoenix. “He recognized that these students were eager to learn and develop themselves professionally, but that the academic landscape was not geared toward providing them opportunities to do so. He set out to change that, and in the process, he gave the University a mission that is even more relevant today than it was all those years ago.”

This claim is borne out by recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, which reports that college enrollment of students who are 25 to 34 years old is projected to increase 16 percent between 2014 and 2025, while enrollment of students who are 35 years old and over is projected to increase 20 percent between 2014 and 2025.[1] University of Phoenix is dedicated to helping working adult students achieve their full potential in their academic careers.

“We have never forgotten our roots, and that is why a relentless drive to improve the experience for our students is central to everything we do,” said Joan Blackwood, Chief Marketing Customer Officer at University of Phoenix. “We are always innovating. You can see this exemplified in everything we offer our students like 5-6 week courses that can be taken one at a time, allowing students to pursue their degrees on the schedule that works best for them. Also, in our Tuition Guarantee, which is our promise to students that they will keep the same affordable tuition from their first class until they graduate from their degree program.

The University is also debuting a new marketing campaign entitled “Change the System” intended to inspire students and highlight Dr. Sperling’s determination to deliver an education that worked for the working. The campaign’s launch comes on the heels of a tremendous milestone from earlier this year when the University reached one million alumni. University of Phoenix alumni exemplify how the power of higher education can change lives for the better and the enduring importance of the University’s mission.

About University of Phoenix®
University of Phoenix is innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.


[1] https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017019.pdf