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Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University Introduces Associate's Degree in Organizational Management


SAN DIEGO, Sept 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, announced today that Ashford University has introduced a new Associate of Arts degree in Organizational Management. This degree program is intended to provide students with a strong educational basis that will prepare them for entry-level managerial careers.

"Ashford University's AA in Organizational Management equips entry level managers with skills in team leadership, key conflict management, enhanced communications, appropriate human relations, critical thinking and analysis that are required to be effective in dealing with complex human interactions," said Mary Alexander, program director for Ashford's College of Liberal Arts. "The solid foundation students will acquire from extensive coursework in the liberal arts will contribute to creativity and cultural awareness in the workplace."

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests the demand for entry-level supervisors and managers is expected to increase more slowly than the national average due to the automation of managerial processes, entry-level candidates for positions in organizations will need to distinguish themselves with education and training to remain competitive. Earning an academic degree demonstrates the necessary minimum training and education to be a successful administrator, supervisor or manager in the modern organization. An associate's degree remains the minimum credential for entry level manager positions in almost any field or industry.

The theory and application of managing and leading people is the main emphasis of the curriculum for the Associate of Arts in Organizational Management program. With this degree, students will be prepared to pursue positions as supervisors in a broad range of fields, including sales, retail, small businesses, government and non-profit organizations.

Ashford University's Associate of Arts in Organizational Management is currently available online only. This degree does not lead to licensure or certification of any kind.

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, associate vice president of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.

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, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

SOURCE Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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