Argosy University was created in 2001 as a merger of three distinct academic institutions: The American Schools of Professional Psychology (founded in 1976), the Medical Institute of Minnesota (founded in 1961), and the University of Sarasota (founded under another name in 1969). Argosy University now boasts 28 campus locations across the country as well as its online degree program. As of 2015, Argosy University Online offers 24 online associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Programs include various concentrations in business, education, criminal justice, psychology, technology and liberal arts.
Argosy University is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
In addition to expertise in their respective fields, teachers at Argosy University Online are trained in the online learning strategies developed by the Socrates Distance Learning Technologies Group. Every faculty member is required to complete approximately 100 hours of training through Socrates, which equips him/her with the unique skills necessary to support students in the university's online classrooms. Instructors are required to have teaching experience prior to joining the online college. They must possess a master's degree to teach undergraduate programs and a doctoral degree to instruct graduate level programs.
The online learning option at Argosy University enables students to be in control of when and where they study. Students experience small class sizes in user-friendly online classroom settings. Numerous forms of interaction -- including video, text, animation and live chats -- are available. Student collaboration and learning are accomplished with the help of several interactive tools, including student forums, an online library and bookstore, professional organizations, and a large alumni network. Student services include tutoring, counseling and career services. Argosy also makes health insurance available to students who need it.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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