For-profit American Public U strikes transfer agreement with California Community Colleges
October 25, 2021
The California Community Colleges system has signed a transfer agreement with American Public University System, a for-profit group that operates American Public University and American Military University.
Under the agreement, students who graduate from the California system’s degree transfer program can go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in 38 academic areas at American Military University and American Public University. They will transfer with junior status and without losing credits.
The deal quickly generated criticism that California’s community colleges are working with a for-profit institution with a history of poor student outcomes. But system leaders say students were already transferring to the for-profit system and that the new deal ensures they receive credit for their community college work.
The American Public University System has historically catered to U.S. active military members and veterans. But its owner, for-profit operator American Public Education Inc., has begun to expand its footprint in the last couple of years.