Everything You Need to Know About Ashford’s Structural Changes

Everything You Need to Know About Ashford’s Structural Changes

It’s an exciting time at Ashford University. This week, the University announced structural and program changes, and we’re here to help explain what this all means. 

The University has consolidated its exiting college structure, including the Division of General Education, into two colleges: The Forbes School of Business and Technology® and a new College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, a new “Center for the Enhancement of the First-Year Experience” has been established to focus on early-program student success initiatives and on developing strategies to improve progression and foster degree completion. 

So, what exactly does this all mean? Here’s everything you need to know about these changes.

1. Why did Ashford make these changes?
An important aspect of this plan is an even greater emphasis on the development of the durable, adaptable, and transferable competencies employers value most. Significantly, these are the same competencies that Ashford believes will best prepare our students for personal and professional success. Concentrating on our core offerings will enable us to create more customized, direct, and flexible pathways for students to complete their degree programs. It means that some of our existing programs will no longer accept new enrollments; however, this will not affect the ability of students admitted to or are currently enrolled in those programs to complete their current programs. Additionally, some programs will transition to an Emphasis. Changes to the programs will be reflected on Ashford.edu and the catalog. These changes will keep Ashford strong and sustainable by ensuring that its structure and offerings better reflect the students we serve and their educational needs. These initiatives focus on identifying and strengthening the university’s core academic programs — those most sought out by the working adults we serve. 

2. What happens to the students enrolled in programs that are no longer accepting new enrollments?
This is not a teach-out. Students who have been admitted to or are enrolled in programs that will no longer accept new enrollments will be able to begin or continue their programs of study. They will also enjoy additional options to transition to alternative pathways to degree completion that will allow them to apply all completed and in-progress credits towards degree requirements. 

3. How will these changes impact Ashford’s accreditation with WSCUC? 
These changes will not impact Ashford’s accreditation with WSCUC. Ashford’s accreditation was reaffirmed in July 2019 for six years. 

4. Can students re-enter into a program that is no longer accepting new enrollments?
Students can re-enter programs if their Last Day of Attendance (LDA) is within 365 days. However, students should discuss alternative pathways to degree completion with their academic advisor. 

5. What options will be available for students who have been out for over a year?
Students seeking to re-enroll after being out for over a year should discuss alternative options for degree completion with their Enrollment Services Advisor. Once the student has decided on a new program, a pre-evaluation should be completed by the Registrar’s Office to ensure students are maximizing completed credits from their previous program toward the requirements for the new degree. Those rare circumstances in which a student is within a few credits of graduating from a program that is no longer accepting new enrollments should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the University Registrar. 

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Written by Ashford University staff

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