Online Degree - Universities & Colleges - University of Phoenix Online
The University of Phoenix is one of the largest higher education providers in North America. Although the university attained a peak enrollment of almost 600,000 students in 2010, a 30% enrollment drop in 2011 has been attributed to operational changes amid criticism of high debt loads and low job prospects for UOPX students. These changes include allowing students to try classes before officially enrolling and new recruiter training programs that have been implemented to improve student retention and completion rates.
University of Phoenix has an open enrollment admission policy, requiring a high-school diploma, GED, or its equivalent as its criteria for admissions. The school also provides associate or bachelor's degree applicants an opportunity for advanced placement through its prior learning assessment, which, aside from previous coursework, college credit can come from experiential learning essays, corporate training, and certificates or licenses.
Through its online portal, eCampus, University of Phoenix students also have access to software required for coursework. Available, for example, are virtual companies created by the university to provide students with assignments. University of Phoenix is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ.