ASA College

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ASA College
ASA College Logo
TypeFor-profit education
Established1985
PresidentJose Valencia / Dr. Shanti Konkoth
Academic staff
Faculty total:290
(60 full-time /
230 part-time) [1]
UndergraduatesOver 4,500
LocationNew York & Florida, USA
CampusUrban
AthleticsASA Avengers
ASA Silver Storm
Websitewww.asa.edu

ASA College is a for-profit college located in New York, New York and Miami, Florida. The school, which has five campuses; Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, North Miami Beach, Florida, Hialeah, Florida, and Golden Glades, Florida, offers associate degrees and professional certificates in divisions of business administration, health disciplines, legal studies, and computer technology.

History[edit]

ASA was founded in 1985 with a professor and 12 students in a small Brooklyn classroom. Known then as 'Advanced Software Analysis', the College focused on computer programming, as New York had a dire shortage of qualified mainframe programmers at that time.

In 1999, ASA received authorization from the New York State Board of Regents to confer degrees in accounting, computer programming and information technology and medical assisting. [2]

Growth and expansion[edit]

The college currently has more than 5,000 students, 16 programs of study, and 5 campuses; Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, North Miami Beach, Florida, Hialeah, Florida, and Golden Glades, Florida

Accreditations and approvals[edit]

ASA College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer Associate of Occupational Studies and Associate in Applied Science degrees.

ASA’s associate degree program in Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment.

ASA is also approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans and is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

ASA College in New York City received top rankings in multiple categories of student engagement, placing it among the best performing two-year colleges in country, according to the recently released 2014 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE).[3]

In the July 2015 issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, ASA College was ranked first in 2-year institutions providing Health Professional degrees to the Hispanic and Latino community.[4]

Academic programs[edit]

The college offers ten degree programs in Healthcare Office Administration, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, Business Administration - Accounting, Office Administration and Technology, Computer Programming and Information technology, Network Administration and Security, Criminal Justice, Paralegal and Nursing.

ASA also offers six professional certification programs in Office Technology and Administration, Executive Legal Assistant, Computer Support Specialist, Internet Client-Server Application Development, PC Client-Server Programming and Medical Office Assisting with Medical Billing and a language division specializing in teaching ESL.

In 2014 survey, ASA scored better than the average of the Top-Performing colleges in the 2014 CCSSE Cohort (in three of the five benchmark categories: “Student Effort,” “Academic Challenge,” and “Support for Learners.” In addition, ASA scored above the national average in the remaining two categories: “Active and Collaborative Learning” and “Student-Faculty Interaction.” For New York City area participating colleges (with a total of more than 10,000 students) the survey showed ASA was a top performer with significantly higher scores than the average in all five categories.[5]

According to National Center for Education Statistics - ASA College ranks No. 8 out of 52 two-year colleges in New York State with 500+ student population who graduate on time or within 100% of their start time and No. 14 out of 52 two-year colleges in the State with 500+ student population who graduate within 150% of their start time.[6] – better than 73% of the listed two year institutions statewide.

Athletics programs[edit]

In 2008, ASA College launched their Athletic program out of their Brooklyn, New York campus [1] known as the ASA Avengers. Starting with a small basketball team, the athletic department expanded to 13 sports programs including Men & Women's Soccer, Varsity & JV Football, Men & Women's Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Men's & Women's Track & Field and Men's & Women's Tennis. All programs are members of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Division 1[2].

ASA Miami currently has 10 sports teams - Men & Women's Soccer, Football, Men & Women's Basketball, Baseball, Men & Women's Track & Field and Men & Women's Tennis. Head Tennis Coach, Brian Slack enters his sixth season at the helm of the men's and women's tennis programs at ASA College and his third at ASA College Miami. Slack has won seven NJCAA National Championships all with ASA College. Four on the men's side and three on the women's side.

Notably, the ASA Miami Football program kicked off in 2015 and remains the only junior college football program in the state of Florida. ASA NY played their first season in 2009 and first gained national recognition during their 2012-2013 season after being ranked #5 nationally and earning a Carrier Bowl bid against Snow College. During the 2017 season, ASA NY finished the season ranked 14th by the NJCAA with a 9-1 regular season record. ASA NY earned an invite to the VALLEY OF THE SUN BOWL in Mesa, Arizona and came away victorious over Mesa Community College 28-23.

Controversies[edit]

In 2014, the New York Legal Assistance Group filed a class action lawsuit against ASA College alleging that the school misrepresented its certificate and degree programs to prospective and enrolled students.[7] The lawsuit was dismissed in July 2015.[8]

In July 2018, an admissions counselor accused college president Alex Shchegol of sexually harassing her as well as current and prospective students.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Navigator - ASA College". Nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  2. ^ http://www.asa.edu/about-us.asp
  3. ^ Simpson, David (August 29, 2014). "High Marks for ASA College in National Survey" (Press release). New York: ASA College. Business Wire. Retrieved 2015-01-20.
  4. ^ "HO 07/13/2015". Issuu. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  5. ^ "CCSSE - Community College Survey of Student Engagement". Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  6. ^ "College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics". Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  7. ^ "NYLAG Files Class Action Complaint Against ASA College". Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  8. ^ "ASA College Announces the Dismissal of NYLAG Lawsuit". PRWeb. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  9. ^ "Suit: For-Profit President Used Staff to Proposition Students | Inside Higher Ed". Retrieved 2018-10-10.

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