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APUS Expands Associate Degree Programs

June 3, 2008

AA Degree Concentrations are Now Stand Alone Degrees for Online University System

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has given approval to American Public University System (APUS) to enhance its associate degree programs. One Associate of Arts degree in General Studies, with multiple concentrations, has now been changed to several stand alone associate degrees in those fields. With HLC's approval of these changes, APUS may now award Federal Student Aid (FSA) funding under Title IV to students enrolled in the stand alone associate degree programs.

"These changes give more choices to APUS students," said Dr. Frank McCluskey, provost and executive vice president for APUS. "In addition, we are pleased that the new stand alone associate programs are eligible for Federal Student Aid, which will help more students gain access to higher education."

Regionally accredited, APUS serves more than 33,000 part-time students who live and work in all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. With the addition of the new associate degrees, APUS now offers 73 degree programs in fields ranging from homeland security, military studies, intelligence, and criminal justice to technology, business administration, public health, and liberal arts. Current and prospective students may begin to register for the new stand alone associate degree programs later this summer.

"Improving associate degree programs will help further the APUS mission of providing relevant, affordable and student-focused online degree programs to those who serve," said Wallace E. Boston, Jr., president and chief executive officer of APUS.

The approved changes to the Associate of Arts in General Studies are as follows:

    2007 AA Degree Concentrations         2008 Approved Changes
    Associate of Arts in General Studies  Associate of Arts in General Studies
    with a concentration in:

    Accounting                            AA in Accounting
    Business Administration               AA in Business Administration
    Communication                         AA in Communication
    Computer Applications                 AS in Computer Applications
    Counter-Terrorism Fundamentals        AA in Counter-Terrorism Studies
    Explosive Ordnance Disposal           AS in Explosive Ordnance Disposal
    Fire Science                          AS in Fire Science
    Health Services Administration        AS in Public Health
    History                               AA in History
    Hospitality Restaurant Operations     AA in Hospitality
    Infant and Toddler Care               AA in Early Childhood Care &
    Military Studies                      AA in Military History
    Paralegal Studies                     AS in Paralegal Studies
    Personnel Administration              AA in Personnel Administration
    Real Estate Management                AA in Real Estate Studies
    Weapons of Mass Destruction           AA in Weapons of Mass Destruction
    Preparedness                          Preparedness
    AA - Associate of Arts
    AS - Associate of Science

    About American Public University System

American Public University System is comprised of American Military University ( and American Public University ( Courses are taught by professors who are experienced in the real-world subjects they teach. APUS's curriculum, affordability and flexibility helps working adults pursue degrees in homeland security, national security and emergency and disaster management. APUS also offers programs in professional studies, management, and liberal arts. A university book grant supplies textbooks at no cost for eligible undergraduate students. Eligible students may apply for Federal Student Aid. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc., (NASDAQ: APEI). For more information, please visit

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Renee Williams Hockaday
American Public University System

SOURCE American Public University System