Accreditation and State Licensing
Argosy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, http://www.wascsenior.org).
Argosy University, Atlanta is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Post-secondary Education Commission (2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084-5305, 1.770.414.3300).
Argosy University, Chicago and Argosy University, Schaumburg are authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (431 East Adams, Second Floor, Springfield, IL 62701, 1.217.782.2551, www.ibhe.state.il.us/default.htm).
Argosy University, Dallas holds a Certificate of Authorization acknowledging exemption from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regulations.
Argosy University, Denver is regulated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE), 1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202. 1.303.866.2723.
Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University, Los Angeles; Argosy University, San Diego; and Argosy University, Inland Empire have been granted approval to operate by the California Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education, California Department of Consumer Affairs, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 Sacramento, CA 95833, 1.916.431.6959, (www.bppe.ca.gov).
Argosy University, Nashville is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Suite 1900, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243, 1.615.741.5293). This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.
Argosy University, Phoenix is authorized by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-secondary Education (1400 West Washington Street, Room 2560, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 1.602.542.5709, http://azppse.state.az.us).
Argosy University, Salt Lake City is exempt from registration pursuant to the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act. Any questions should be directed to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection (UDCP) (160 East 300 South, Second Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, 801.530.6601).
Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding the institutions may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number 888.224.6684.
Argosy University, Seattle is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Granting Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review, and authorizes Argosy University, Seattle to offer the following degree programs: Associate of Arts in Psychology; Associate of Science in Business Administration; Associate of Science in Criminal Justice; Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology; Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology; Master of Arts in Education in Adult Education and Training; Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership; Master of Arts in Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education; Master of Arts in Education in Teaching and Learning; Master of Business Administration; Master of Public Administration; Master of Public Health; Master of Science in Human Resource Management; Master of Science in Management; Master of Science in Non-Profit Management; Master of Science in Organizational Leadership; Master of Science in Service Sector Management; Education Specialist in Teaching and Learning; Doctor of Business Administration; Doctor of Education in Community College Executive Leadership; Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology; Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership; Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning; Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership; and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. Authorization by the Washington Student Achievement Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the board of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Washington Student Achievement Council office at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
Argosy University, Twin Cities is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108, 1.651.642.0533, www.ohe.state.mn.us) pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Argosy University, Washington DC is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219, 1.804.225.2600). Each course or degree, diploma, or certificate program offered in Virginia is approved by the governing board of the institution. Argosy University, Chicago, the main campus of Argosy University, is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (431 E. Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701, 217.782.2551) to operate and grant all degrees offered at Argosy University, Washington DC. Any credit earned for coursework offered by Argosy University, Washington DC can be transferred to Argosy University, Chicago, as part of an existing degree, diploma, or certificate program offered by the institution.
Argosy University, Hawai’i: The state of Hawai‘i does not regulate private, post-secondary institutions.
Argosy University Online Programs
The following is supplemental information that pertains to students enrolled in programs offered by Argosy University Online Programs who are residents of the State of Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Argosy University is licensed by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, 100 North Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104-3758
Argosy University is licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, 401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104-4340.
Argosy University programs are exempt from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education authorization as an online or distance delivered program and the institution does not have a physical presence in the state. The exemption from authorization is a provisions under 20 AAC 17.015(a)(5).
Argosy University has been granted certification of the following degree programs by distance technology:Associate of Arts in Psychology, Associate of Science in Business Administration; Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and the Doctor of Business Administration by The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.
Argosy University Online Programs is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Post-secondary Education Commission (2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084-5305, 1.770.414.3300).
The Kansas Board of Regents has approved Argosy University to operate in the State of Kansas. The Kansas Board of Regents may be contacted at the following address: Kansas Board of Regents. Private Postsecondary Education Division, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 520, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1368 Telephone: 785.296.0911 Fax: 785. 296.4526.
Argosy University is licensed by the New Mexico Higher Education Department, 2048 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100, 505.476.8400.
Argosy University Online Programs is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Suite 1900, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243, 1.615.741.5293). This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.
Argosy University is authorized by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board Argosy University is authorized by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (201 W. Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 8696, Madison, WI 53708-8696, Phone: 608.266.1996, Fax: 608.264.8477, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://eab.state.wi.us/default.asp).
Argosy University is licensed by the Wyoming Department of Education, Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor, and 230 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002-0050.
The Argosy University, Twin Cities’ Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 1.727.210.2350. The Argosy University, Twin Cities’ Echocardiography concentration in the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 1.727.210.2350.
The Associate of Applied Science in Histotechnology degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (8410 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631, 1.773.714.8880).
The Argosy University, Twin Cities’ Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) (1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 1.727.210.2350) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (www.maerb.org) (20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606, 1.800.228.2262)
The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) (1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 1.847.925.8070).
The Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 1.312.440.4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
The Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (8410 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631, 1.773.714.8880).
The Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 1.312.704.5300).
Any person wishing to review a copy of Argosy University’s accreditation, licensure, or approval may do so by contacting the campus president.
Statement of Mission
At Argosy University, our passion is teaching and learning. We develop professional competence, provide opportunity for personal growth, and foster interpersonal effectiveness. Students succeed because our university community engages and supports them.
Argosy University is a university community dedicated to delivering high quality professional education programs to working professionals. The university serves these individuals by offering doctoral, masters, post-graduate certificate and undergraduate programs in professional and career fields as well as continuing education and professional development services. Argosy University dedicates itself to offering its programs and services in ways that are accessible and responsive to the needs of its students. By focusing on the development of key educational and professional competencies, the university is able to serve effectively its student body and the needs of the professions served by its programs. The Argosy University community therefore embraces the following institutional beliefs and values:
We Believe in Quality
We believe that the programs of Argosy University must be offered at the highest levels of rigor, professionalism and ethical standards. This focus on quality will reward graduates for their investment of time, talent and resources by preparing them for professional advancement.
We Believe in Access
We believe that students should have access to the programs and services of Argosy University in modes of delivery most compatible with their life and work commitments as well as their educational needs and Argosy University’s commitment to quality.
We Believe in Diversity
We believe that Argosy University has a responsibility to reach out to diverse groups of learners who need and want the professional educational programs and services we offer. We believe that diversity of faculty and staff and their background and experience enriches the educational process for all students. We believe that every program must prepare graduates with the skills and knowledge to effectively support the diverse needs of the populations they will serve. This diversity will ultimately strengthen the professions they enter and improve the services they provide to their clients and customers.
We Believe in Student Focus
We believe in a responsive learning-centered process that enables each student to realize his or her own potential. We believe in offering an environment that emphasizes care, concern and mutual respect for the students as both individuals and as professionals.
We Believe in Practicality
We believe in education that integrates practical learning experiences and outcomes that reflect the skills and competencies of the professions Argosy University serves; those required by the employers of Argosy University’s graduates. We believe our faculty must contribute professional expertise as well as scholarship to the learning process.
We Believe in Respect
We believe that people, students, faculty, staff, and those in the communities we serve deserve to be treated in a manner that reflects mutual respect and a high regard for the other person. We believe that all should be treated with a personal caring attitude that reflects respect and positive regard.
Approved by Board of Trustees during Strategic Planning in 2006.
Statement of Purpose
- Argosy University develops and provides distinctive, innovative, and high-quality higher education and professional service programs at all levels to prepare individuals for careers to serve the needs of an evolving global marketplace.
- Argosy University administers its programs so as to ensure the financial viability and the growth of its campuses, the institution, and its parent organization.
- Argosy University provides certificate and continuing education programs to assist professionals in developing and enhancing their knowledge bases and skills.
- Argosy University seeks to recruit and employ faculty and staff who are service-oriented and student-centered, and who combine academic credentials of high quality with substantive career experience.
- Argosy University provides access through its services and programs to students of any social, geographic, and cultural background, and strives to prepare them to work with, and provide services to, diverse populations.
- Argosy University demonstrates its commitment to diversity through the development and support of a diverse educational community, and
- Argosy University seeks to provide wide access to its educational programs through a variety of delivery systems in geographical areas where demonstrated needs exist for its services and products.
History and Philosophy
Argosy University was formed in September 2001 by the merging of three separate academic institutions—the American Schools of Professional Psychology, the University of Sarasota, and the Medical Institute of Minnesota—and as a result offers professional programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels in behavioral sciences, business, education, and allied healthcare.
Argosy University’s programs in psychology, the behavioral sciences, and health sciences emphasize a practical approach built on a background in theory. The programs were formed following a movement begun in the early 1970s that called for a professional degree in clinical psychology emphasizing practical training and application of theory and research rather than the research-oriented approach of the traditional PhD degree program. This effort ultimately led to the creation of the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree. Argosy University’s original campus, the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, began granting the PsyD degree in 1979 and received candidacy status with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) in that same year. Accreditation was received in 1981. Because of demand, additional campuses were opened and new programs were added to complement and expand upon the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program.
Argosy University’s programs in business and education also provide students with a solid practical and theoretical foundation. These programs, which for more than 30 years were offered at the University of Sarasota (formerly Laurence University), had a specific focus of providing educational opportunities at the graduate level to working adults without requiring them to compromise their professional or personal lives. This was accomplished through a unique delivery format involving a mix of distance learning and brief, intensive on-campus study periods. In 1976, the state of Florida granted licensure to the University to offer the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree programs . In 1990, Argosy University was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer master’s and doctoral degrees, which was eventually expanded to include bachelor’s completion programs. The institution also found strong demand for its programs and delivery methods, adding new campuses and new programs, widening the opportunities for working professionals interested in pursuing post-secondary education.
Argosy University’s programs in allied healthcare were established in 1961, beginning with a certificate-level medical laboratory technician program. The Medical Institute of Minnesota, originally known as Park Medical Institute, was founded to provide skilled allied healthcare personnel to hospitals and clinics. In 1963, the school officially became the Medical Institute of Minnesota. In 1970, the Medical Institute of Minnesota was authorized by the state of Minnesota to grant an Associate of Science terminal degree. In 1971, the Medical Institute of Minnesota entered into a collaborative agreement with the University of Minnesota, General College, which agreed to grant associate’s degrees to students who had earned a certificate from the Medical Institute of Minnesota and had satisfied the degree requirements of the General College. New programs were added, and the Medical Institute of Minnesota began offering eight programs in the allied health fields, including veterinary technology, dental hygiene, and medical laboratory technology. In 1980, the school applied for and was granted initial institutional accreditation with the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).With the merger in 2001, the school became Argosy University, Twin Cities. All allied health programs are at the associate’s degree level, granting either as the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or the Associate of Science (AS) degree.
September 2011 Argosy University received notice from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) that its institutional accreditor of record has been changed from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association to the Commission on Senior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Argosy University is owned by Argosy Education Group, Inc. which through three limited liability companies is a subsidiary of Education Management Corporation. Argosy Education Group, Inc. is located atCity Tower, 333 City Boulevard West, Orange, CA, 92868, 714.620.3700 and Education Management Corporation is located at 210 Sixth Avenue, Suite 3300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Board of Trustees
Responsibility for the organization and governance of Argosy University rests with the board of trustees. The members of this board exercise responsibility for the establishment of the basic policies that govern all campuses of Argosy University, and meet on a regular basis to review the implementation of these policies. Board members are primarily concerned with the academic quality of the institution, and regularly review data that allow them to ensure that the institution meets the needs of the students and serves the public interest of the communities in which it is located.
Argosy University Administration
The authority to administer Argosy University has been delegated by the board of trustees to the professional staff of academic administrators that Argosy University has retained for that purpose. The Chancellor of Argosy University has the responsibility for ensuring that the institution achieves its mission through the effective and efficient management of its financial, human, and academic resources. The Chancellor is charged with overall responsibility for the administration of Argosy University, including the implementation of board policy at all campuses. Assisting the Chancellor in these activities is the staff of Argosy University and the central offices of Education Management Corporation, which has shared responsibility for the administration of a number of key functions, including fiscal and property management, financial aid, student recruitment and services, information systems, institutional research, marketing, and development.
The responsibility for the day-to-day operation of each campus has been delegated by the Chancellor of Argosy University to each campus president. The campus president functions as both the academic leader and the chief administrative officer of each campus. Assisting the campus president with these administrative responsibilities is a campus staff committed to providing those support services essential to a responsive undergraduate and graduate school. The entire administrative staff of each campus takes pride in the service it provides its students and believes that this is one of the distinguishing marks of Argosy University.
Colleges and programs within Argosy University have advisory boards, consisting of professionals from the associated fields. The advisory boards meet at least annually to discuss issues such as curriculum and community involvement. They also provide valuable feedback to the program faculty and staff regarding current trends and expectations within their respective professional communities.
Additional Information for California Students
As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. California students are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
As required by section 94909(a)(C)(12) of California Assembly Bill 48, neither Argosy University, nor its parent company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) has not or is in the process of filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.