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University welcomes students turned away by colleges in New York and California


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Thousands of prospective college students are being turned away by schools in New York, California and other states because of budget reductions, space limitations and grade-point requirements. But Andrew Jackson University, a 15-year old private university, is welcoming students rejected by other schools.

“President Obama’s goal of ‘expanding the promise of education in America’ cannot be attained unless institutions like Andrew Jackson University open their arms to those less-privileged or excluded for whatever reason by the traditional education establishment,” said Don Kassner, president of the accredited online university. “We are not a state university, so it is up to us who we accept as students as long as we see the person is capable of college level work,” Kassner continued. “And it is our philosophy to provide an opportunity to earn a college degree to everyone who seeks one.”

“When the economy tanked in 2008 we reevaluated our student selection process, our tuition and fee levels, our enrollment process and level of student services,” commented university board member Joseph Schmoke. The reevaluation resulted, Schmoke said, in the reduction or elimination of tuition, a higher level of student-friendly services, streamlining the enrollment process, and the unveiling of an online webcam-based exam proctoring system. The webcam proctoring system eliminated the requirement that a student travel to a proctoring location to have their exams supervised.

University president Kassner indicated that limits on the number of students enrolling each month in Andrew Jackson University were lifted as staff increased and systems improved. Kassner said the university can now accept an unlimited number of students in any of its eleven degree programs. “And unlike traditional universities, we have rolling semesters with a new one starting every month,” he stated.

Andrew Jackson University, claiming the “best value in education,” offers three master’s degrees, three bachelor’s degrees, five associate’s degrees and twenty certificate programs. All courses are delivered online and at the convenience of the student. All that is required is a computer, an Internet connection, and a high school diploma. “We welcome all those who have been rejected by other universities for whatever the reason. You’re all equal in our eyes,” stated university president Kassner.


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