Ashford University Presents Scholars Institute Symposium

'Issue Surrounding the Obama Presidency' to be Subject of Panel Presentation

“Issues Surrounding the Obama Presidency” will be explored during Ashford University’s Scholars Institute Symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the University Chapel, located on the third floor of the University’s St. Clare Hall.           

The symposium is an opportunity to hear several AU faculty members give their analysis on the historical significance of the last presidential election and what it means for the future of America. Presentations will center on the following topics: Security/War/International Relations; Economy/Stimulus Packages; Environmental Policies/Energy Policies; and Human Services/Education Funding/Health Care.           

“This is the first of what we hope will be many such events sponsored by the Scholars Institute,” said Dr. Rob Engelson, Director of the Institute. “Our goal will be to present a different symposium every month to six weeks that will focus on a particular aspect of American culture, whether it be education, health care, the arts, foreign policy or whatever the interests of our students may be.” 

Panel members for the symposium will include Dr. Curt Lowe, Dr. John Ivens, Dr. Charlie Minnick, Dr. Michael Wiseman, Dr. Shukhrat Usmanov and Dr. John Zimmerman. Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period.           

The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Scholars Institute is the University’s honors program; members participate in limited-enrollment, interdisciplinary honors courses taught by selected faculty, enjoy opportunities to work closely with senior University faculty in joint research projects, participate in distinctive co- and extracurricular activities, and have access to enhanced internships and capstone courses. 

About Ashford University

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 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 or call Shari Rodriguez, Director of Public Relations, at 858/513-9240 x2513.