American Public University System
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2011)|
|American Public University System|
|Motto||Educating those who serve|
|President||Wallace E. Boston, Jr.|
|Location||Charles Town, West Virginia, United States of America|
|Colors||Blue and White
|Mascot||AMU Golden Eagles; APU Volunteers|
American Public University System (APUS) is a for-profit, online learning institution that is composed of American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU). APUS is wholly owned by American Public Education, Inc., a publicly traded private-sector corporation (NASDAQ: APEI). APUS maintains corporate and academic offices in Charles Town, West Virginia and administrative offices in Manassas, Virginia. APUS offers associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, in addition to dual degrees, certificate programs and learning tracks.
The university was founded in 1991 by Major James P. Etter (USMC, retired) as American Military University. Operations began in January 1993 with the enrollment of 18 graduate students. Initially, the main goal of the university was to meet the unique educational needs of military personnel needing courses in specialized areas, such as counterterrorism and military intelligence, that were not included in typical university course offerings. In the early years, instruction was done through conventional correspondence.
In June 1995 AMU became nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). In January of the following year, the school introduced its first undergraduate programs. In 1998 AMU made the transition from correspondence-based learning to online learning.
In 2002 AMU expanded to become American Public University System and established American Public University, intended primarily for civilians interested in public service programs. In 2006 APUS was granted regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2012 American Public University System resigned its DETC accreditation. Since 2013, the university has been listed on the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of top online Bachelor Degree Programs.
APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University's School of Business is accredited by, and several business programs have specialized accreditation from, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) The University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Professional Recognition and Affiliation
Select APUS programs are also affiliated with and/or recognized by such professional organizations as:
- Society for Human Resource Management
- American Sport Education Program
- National Academy of Sports Medicine
- NSA's Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation
- The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
APUS offers more than 190 degree and certificate programs across six academic schools through American Military University and American Public University, including the following: 
- School of Arts and Humanities
- School of Business
- School of Education
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
- School of Security and Global Studies
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
American Military University participates in the Servicemembers Opportunity College program, with eligible bachelor's degrees in Homeland Security, Intelligence Studies, Emergency and Disaster Management (Coast Guard only), Criminal Justice, Management, and Business Administration. AMU is also a Navy College Program Distance Learning Partner.
- Alan Hale, co-discoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp.
- Wendy B. Lawrence, former NASA astronaut.
- James F. Reilly, geologist and former NASA astronaut.
- Brandt Smith, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives since 2013; associate professor of Security and Global Studies
- Nicole Malachowski, United States Air Force officer and the first female pilot selected to fly as part of the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds. (Master of Arts (with honors), National Security Policy, 2009)
Students at APUS are involved in a variety of different student organizations and honor societies. This includes chapters for the National Association for Environmental Professionals (NAEP), International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Student Veterans of America (SVA), the Society of Human Resources Management, and The Saber and Scroll for History students.
Academic Honor Societies include: Alpha Phi Sigma, Sigma Beta Delta, Delta Epsilon Tau, Epsilon Pi Phi, Golden Key, Pi Gamma Mu, Delta Mu Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Sigma Iota Rho.
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