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Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University Forms Articulation Agreement With California's Barstow Community College


SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of post-secondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, announced today that Ashford University has signed an articulation agreement with Barstow Community College (BCC). The school, located in Barstow, California, focuses on green technology and alternative energy programs.

Through the agreement, participating students will be able to transfer up to 90 of their credits earned at Barstow Community College into one of Ashford's online or campus bachelor's degree programs.

"We are pleased to team up with a school of Barstow's caliber," said David Vande Pol, senior director of academic partnerships for Ashford University. "Through the agreement, BCC students will be able to transfer into one of Ashford University's acclaimed bachelor's degree programs, while enjoying a low tuition rate, as well as the potential to transfer up to 90 of their community college credits."

"We're excited to provide Barstow's students with even more options after their time with us. This agreement allows them to take advantage of the hard work they did with us, and apply those credits toward a bachelor's degree program with Ashford," stated Apineru Lealofi, articulation officer for Barstow Community College. "We wanted to collaborate with Ashford because they offer students flexibility and convenience when pursing their education. Many of our students are working adults, so this is essential."

To date, Ashford University has 37 articulation agreements representing 133 colleges.

About Barstow Community College

Located in Barstow, CA, Barstow Community College is situated in a region of the country that positions it to become a leader in green technology and alternative energy. A focus of BCC moving forward is to identify and put in place various alternative energy technology training programs to meet the needs of society in this area.

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.

SOURCE Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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