Ashworth College

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Ashworth College
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Motto Dito Cum Scientia
Motto in English
To enrich with knowledge
Type For-profit college
Established 1987 - PCDI
2000 - Ashworth College
President Rob Klapper, MBA
Provost William J. Kakish, Ph.D., J.D.
Students 50,000+
Location Peachtree Corners, Georgia, USA
Colors Maroon and White         
Website www.ashworthcollege.edu
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Ashworth College (formerly known as Ashworth University) is a for-profit college based in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, USA that offers several different types of higher education and secondary education. Ashworth College occupies a 32,000-square-foot facility that houses all departments of the College. All career training and college programs are offered through the college's online platform.

History[edit]

Since its founding in 1987, Professional Career Development Institute (PCDI) has developed a large selection of distance-learning programs and has enrolled over 2 million students in its high school, career, and degree programs.

James Madison High School (JMHS) was established in 1996 to aid students who need an alternative approach to a high school education. JMHS provides the curriculum needed for students to complete one to four years of high school course work leading to a high school diploma. The JMHS program enrolls students from all over the world.

In 2000, PCDI established Ashworth College to offer associate degree programs to students who need a relaxed approach to a college education. Ashworth College started offering master’s degree programs in 2004 and bachelor’s degree programs in 2007.

In 2007, all schools under PCDI merged under the Ashworth College umbrella. Today, they offer 3 high school programs, 10 career certificates, over 60 career diplomas, 15 undergraduate certificates, 30 associate's degrees, 8 bachelor's degrees, 6 graduate certificates, and 10 master's degrees.[1]

Accreditation and licensing[edit]

Ashworth College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC is recognized as an accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education. Ashworth College is also authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission to offer instruction in career programs, undergraduate certificates, associate's degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs.[2]

Although Ashworth College is not itself regionally accredited, it operates James Madison High School which is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Academics[edit]

Overview[edit]

Ashworth's programs are non-synchronous, meaning they can be started at any time.[3]

Ashworth Community[edit]

The Ashworth College Community gives students the opportunity to participate in online study groups, clubs and organizations and receive tutorial assistance, career advice and student support. Students connect through discussion threads, email, chat and webinars. The Ashworth College student body includes students from all 50 states and many countries. These students range from home-schooled students, working adults, members of the U.S. Speedskating Team, the military and military spouses.[4]

Admissions and Financial Aid[edit]

To be accepted to Ashworth College, students must be at least 16 years old or have an enrollment form filled out by a parent or guardian. College degrees require a high school diploma or a GED to enroll. Many career diplomas and certificate courses have no prerequisites.[5] As a mission to make the tuition affordable to all, Ashworth College does not accept or offer federal or financial aid or provide student loans.[6]


Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Didiayer Snyder - Australian TV personality, Model[7]
  • Douglas Jerome - Chief of Police at City of Brookville Police Department[8]
  • Michael Grant, Chief of Police, Asst. General Manager, Stallion Springs Police Department, Stallion Springs Community Services District[9]

Reception and public perception[edit]

Ashworth College is an accredited business by the Better Business Bureau with a 4.2 (out of 5.0) ranking as of August 2016. [10]

As of September 2016, Ashworth students and graduates had given an approval rating of 3.8 (out of 5.0) on the rating website gradreports.com.[11]

Ashworth College graduates are frequently interviewed to give their first hand video testimonials about the college on the Ashworth College YouTube channel. The channel also has tutorials on how to use the college’s student portal to gain access to their classes. [12]

In May 2016 the Federal Trade Commission released a report stating that Ashworth College had entered a settlement in which it agreed to alter its advertising claims. The Commission had charged the College with deceptively marketing its online college degree and career-training programs; it stated that some Ashworth programs failed to meet the basic educational requirements set by state licensing boards for careers or jobs such as real estate appraisers, home inspectors, elementary school educators and massage practitioners. The Commission claimed that the college's credits were represented as fully transferable, although it lacked supporting data that other colleges and universities would accept their credits.[13]

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Coordinates: 33°57′36″N 84°14′14″W / 33.96000°N 84.23722°W / 33.96000; -84.23722