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Why University of Phoenix is an Educational Pioneer


Education changed drastically with the rise of technology and the internet. The ability to hold complex, in-depth courses online is now considered a mainstream concept. Many of these changes can be attributed to the schools, like University of Phoenix, that were willing to break the mold.

Not only was University of Phoenix one of the first to launch a fully online educational program, but it also pushed for student input to ensure a quality education. Before University of Phoenix, many schools rejected the idea of online research. The university helped to normalize the idea of attending classes online.

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University of Phoenix asked its online students to rate its professors and give feedback on their courses. The university adapted with the changing times and students’ needs to work to create a better program while remaining affordable for adults who were not able to attend traditional courses.

Michael Seiden was an executive director of technology programs for University of Phoenix until 1994. He holds a high view of the university and its accomplishments as it  struggled to move beyond the red tape of tradition during the early years. Seiden notes, “The university was a pioneer in developing new education concepts that were initially fought by the “education establishment” but have since been adopted by colleges and universities nationwide.”

One of Seiden’s examples included the approach toward instructors. University of Phoenix hired practitioner faculty who would better relate to working adult students. The University also required a master’s degree but not a Ph.D. (it was preferred) and did not offer tenure. This approach went against the traditional university approach that emphasized academic research over professional field experience when hiring educators. Many took tenure for granted, but University of Phoenix required regular instructor evaluations to ensure they were effectively teaching course materials. Seiden notes, “From its beginning, University of Phoenix instituted a process for student evaluations of faculty, course material, facilities and services… Today, similar evaluations are taking place throughout almost all institutions.”

As an educational pioneer, University of Phoenix helped to change how institutions thought about their educational options.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix was founded in 1976 as a brick-and mortar school. In 1989, the university became accredited and now largely serves working adults who are not able to attend traditional courses due to time and schedule constraints. The university continues to maintain a highly valued curriculum and teaching staff. University of Phoenix offers more than 30 different undergraduate degrees and granted over 24,000 diplomas to undergrads in 2019.

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