Penn Foster College

Last updated
Penn Foster College
Penn Foster College (Logo).png
TypeFor-profit college
Established1890
President Frank Britt
Location, ,
United States
Colors Blue, white
Website www.pennfoster.edu OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

Penn Foster College is a private, for-profit online college with its headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1890, [1] as International Correspondence Schools and also formerly known as the Center For Degree Studies. [2] Penn Foster College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs as well as certificates. [3]

Contents

History

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. [4] In 2013, Education Holdings 1 filed for bankruptcy; it exited two months later. [5] [6]

Academics

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. [7]

Accreditation

Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission ( [8] 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.

Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technician Associate Degree and Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

Licensing

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.

See also

Related Research Articles

Engineering technologist profession

An engineering technologist (eTechnologist), also sometimes known as applied engineer, is a professional trained in certain aspects of development and implementation of a respective area of technology. Engineering technology education is even more applied and less theoretical than engineering education, though in a broad sense both have a focus on practical application. Engineering technologists often assist engineers but after years of experience, they can also become engineers. Like engineers, areas where engineering technologists can work include product design, fabrication and testing. Also as with engineers, engineering technologists sometimes rise to senior management positions in industry or become entrepreneurs.

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 private university in Santa Ana, California

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.

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 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 Alabama, United States

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

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 one of only two medical schools. The two schools frequently collaborate on medical research projects.

U.S. Career Institute

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

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.

University of the People American nonprofit, tuition-free online institution of higher education

University of the People (UoPeople) is a private distance education University with its headquarters in Pasadena, California. It was founded by entrepreneur Shai Reshef in 2009.

International Business College (Fort Wayne, Indiana) For-profit college in USA

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.

Hickey College

Hickey College was a for-profit career college in St. Louis, Missouri. It was founded in 1933 by Dr. Margaret Hickey and had two campuses on North Lindbergh Boulevard near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It had nearby housing for students but over half of students come from the St. Louis area. The college closed in 2018.

Ashworth College

Ashworth College is a for-profit online college based in Norcross, Georgia. It operates subsidiary schools Madison School of Healthcare, PCDI Canada, and James Madison High School.

Veterinary medicine in the United States Medical treatment of animals in the United States

Veterinary medicine in the United States is the performance of veterinary medicine in the United States, normally performed by licensed professionals, and subject to provisions of statute law which vary by state. Veterinary medicine is normally led by veterinary physicians, normally termed veterinarians or vets.

American National University

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.

References

  1. "Penn Foster Mission and History". Penn Foster. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  2. "About Penn Foster". Penn Foster. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  3. "Associate & Bachelor's College Programs & Certificates | Penn Foster College". Penn Foster Career School.
  4. "Princeton Review to sell test prep business name". Associated Press. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  5. Writer), By David Falchek (Staff. "Penn Foster parent seeks bankruptcy protection". www.thetimes-tribune.com.
  6. "Ex-Princeton Review Owner Wins OK For Ch. 11 Exit Plan - Law360". www.law360.com.
  7. "Financial Assistance for Penn Foster students | Penn Foster". Penn Foster Career School.
  8. "Penn Foster College | Council for Higher Education Accreditation". www.chea.org.