Ashford University and the Maricopa Community Colleges Sign Articulation Agreement

Ashford University is pleased to announce its partnership with The Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest provider of higher education in Arizona and one of the largest community college systems in the nation. Through the partnership, thousands of students at the ten-college District will be able to transfer into one of Ashford’s acclaimed bachelor’s programs.

Students at any of the Maricopa Community Colleges can earn a bachelor’s degree, while enjoying Ashford’s low tuition rate and transfer policy which allows the transfer of 90 community college credits.

“Our partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges will provide new access to quality baccalaureate programs that are affordable,” said David Vande Pol, Senior Director of Academic Partnerships for Ashford University. “Our missions are aligned in that we are both committed to the highest standards in educational programs. We know that students from the Maricopa Community Colleges will be well-prepared for success in our programs, whether they choose in-person or on-line course delivery.”  

“Student success is a priority at the Maricopa Community Colleges and our partnership with Ashford University creates another pathway for students to achieve their academic goals,” said Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges. “Partnerships for seamless transfer to the university help students stay engaged in their academic planning and ultimately allow for them, through their hard work, to earn a baccalaureate degree.”

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas.  The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton, Iowa, campus.  Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, and psychology.  The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutionsIts tagline is: “Higher Education Made Affordable”SM.  For more information, please visit

The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and business/industry; technical and customized training institutes. For more information, visit: