Penn Foster College is a private, for-profit online college with its headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1890,as International Correspondence Schools and also formerly known as the Center For Degree Studies. Penn Foster College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs as well as certificates.
Distance education or long-distance learning is the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally, this usually involved correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via post. Today it involves online education. Courses that are conducted are either hybrid, blended or 100% distance learning. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), offering large-scale interactive participation and open access through the World Wide Web or other network technologies, are recent developments in distance education. A number of other terms are used roughly synonymously with distance education.
Scranton is the sixth-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the county seat and largest city of Lackawanna County in Northeastern Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley and hosts a federal court building for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. With a population of 77,291, it is the largest city in the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of about 570,000.
In 1890, a newspaper editor named Thomas J. Foster founded the school to provide coal miners with the education they needed to advance in their careers and increase worker safety. At the turn of the century, the school was officially known as the International Correspondence Schools (ICS), and one out of every 27 adults in the US had taken an ICS course. In December 2009, Penn Foster college was purchased by test preparation and educational support company The Princeton Review from its previous owner, the Wicks Group, a private equity firm that had bought the school from Thomson Corporation in 2007. On May 18, 2012, the Princeton Review brand name and operations were bought for $33 million by Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private-equity firm. The parent company was renamed Education Holdings 1, Inc.In 2013, Education Holdings 1 filed for bankruptcy; it exited two months later.
Charlesbank Capital Partners is a private equity investment firm focusing on management-led buyouts and growth capital financing of middle-market companies. The firm typically invests $50 million to $250 million of equity per transaction in companies with enterprise values of $150 million to $1.5 billion. Charlesbank's strategy emphasizes investing across a broad range of industries, transaction types and levels of the capital structure. With the addition of a credit strategy in 2016, the firm also engages in opportunistic or special situations credit investing.
Penn Foster College provides students with the opportunity to earn bachelor's degrees, Associate degrees, and undergraduate certificates through online courses and instruction. All Penn Foster programs are asynchronous, meaning they can be started at any time.
The college does not participate in any federal or state aid programs, claiming that its education is affordable.
Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC Accrediting Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), formerly known as the National Home Study Council and then as the Distance Education and Training Council, is a non-profit national educational accreditation agency in the United States specializing in the accreditation of distance education programs of study and institutions.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), founded in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 91,000 U.S. veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services.
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, authorizing Penn Foster College to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates.
A Bachelor of Science is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years, or a person holding such a degree.
Atlantic University is an American private non-profit distance education institution of higher and continuing education in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The university is associated with Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), and its administrative offices are in the Don and Nancy de Laski Education Center on the main A.R.E. campus. The university is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for its distance education and hybrid programs. The university also maintains licensure with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
California Coast University (CCU) is a for-profit, private university, based in Santa Ana, California. It is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Degree programs are offered through CCU's distance education curriculum, through both online and correspondence studies, and traditional classroom attendance is not offered. Approximately 8,000 students are enrolled at any given time.
William Howard Taft University is an accredited private university headquartered in Colorado. Founded in 1976 as a graduate school providing continuing education for certified public accountants (CPAs), the university evolved as a pioneer and leader in distance education. Today, it is listed in United States Department of Education's official database of accredited academic institutions, and offers nationally accredited academic programs up to doctoral level. Its professors and graduates include current and retired professors in traditional universities. William Howard Taft University and Taft Law School together form the Taft University System.
Penn Foster High School is a U.S. for-profit high school. The school was founded in 1890, and is now one of the largest high schools in the United States with over 50,000 students currently enrolled across all 50 states. The school is regionally and nationally accredited. It is headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It offers a complete high school diploma program that students can complete. The school also offers several high school concentration programs including an early college program for students looking to get a head start on their college education, as well as vocational concentrations in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, health care, or information technology.
Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit, family-owned institution that specializes in online education. The university is headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama, United States.
Aspen University is a United States-based private, for-profit, nationally accredited distance-learning university that was established in 1987. Aspen University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, education, computer science, technology, information systems, business, project management, counseling, and criminal justice. Aspen Group, Inc. is a publicly held, for-profit post-secondary education company headquartered in New York, NY. and owns two accredited universities, Aspen University and United States University. Aspen Group’s vision is to make college affordable again in America.
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is one of ten major academic divisions of Purdue University. Accredited by the AVMA, this veterinary school offers the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, associate's and bachelor's degrees in veterinary technology, master’s and Ph.D. degrees, and residency programs leading to specialty board certification. Within the state of Indiana, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is the only veterinary school, while the Indiana University School of Medicine is the only medical school. The two schools frequently collaborate on medical research projects. Good luck getting in, mate.
U.S. Career Institute (USCI) is a private, accredited distance learning, educational institution based in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Allied American University (AAU) was a for-profit university located in Laguna Hills, California, that offers online learning degree and certificate programs. Allied American University was founded in 2008 and received national accreditation by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in that same year. The university offered bachelor’s and associate degree programs in business administration, criminal justice, general studies, and allied health. Allied American University offers seven undergraduate degree programs and 10 certificate programs for career or skill enhancement. Since 2009, for the sixth consecutive year, G.I. Jobs magazine has ranked Allied American University as one of the top Military Friendly Schools, along with other top-tier universities, trade schools, and colleges across the country. Allied American University was also named a Top School in Military Advanced Education's Guide to Colleges and Universities for three consecutive years.
Penn Foster Career School is a U.S. for-profit, regionally and nationally-accredited online career school. The school was founded in 1890, and was known as International Correspondence Schools, or ICS. It is headquartered in Scranton, PA. Students of Penn Foster Career School can study online at a pace that is right for them. Penn Foster Career School offers over 50 Career Diploma Programs and over 30 Certificate Programs.
Apollos University, headquartered in Great Falls, Montana, is an American privately owned distance education university. The university offers accredited Doctoral, Master's, Bachelor's and Associate's degree programs in Business Administration, Management and Information Technology. Apollos University is an academic institution of higher learning and is accredited by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC) in the United States. Apollos University is also a member of SARA and approved to teach students in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
California Intercontinental University is an online for-profit university in Irvine, California.
University of the People (UoPeople) is an American non-profit distance education institution of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. It was founded by entrepreneur Shai Reshef in 2009.
International Business College is a for-profit college located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The institution was founded in 1889 and is now located in the Village at Coventry. IBC awards diplomas and associate degrees.
Ashworth College is a for-profit online college based in Norcross, Georgia, United States. It operates subsidiary schools Madison School of Healthcare, PCDI Canada, and James Madison High School.
Catholic Distance University (CDU) is a private Roman Catholic university based in Charles Town, West Virginia, in the United States. It exclusively offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs. CDU's programs aim to meet the goals set out in the Ex Corde Ecclesiae issued by Pope John Paul II regarding Catholic colleges and universities. CDU was the first Catholic institution to offer an MA in Theology completely online. Several Catholic dioceses partner with CDU to help train their catechists. The chairman of the board of trustees is Dr. Charles R. Wasaff, and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, serves as university chancellor and vice chairman of the board of trustees.
American National University, formerly National Business College, is a postsecondary, nationally, for-profit educational institution that has multiple campuses. These campuses are located in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Weston Distance Learning, Inc. is a private, for-profit education company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Weston Distance Learning, Inc., according to their website, offers distance education courses through its three brands, U.S. Career Institute, McKinley College, and At-Home Professions.