CUC Increases Opportunities for Military Personnel

Distance learning program enables those serving in the armed forces to earn their degrees online in a timely manner regardless of deployment

ORANGE, Calif. (December 16, 2008) − Chapman University College is introducing seven new online undergraduate degrees and lowering the online tuition fee for activeduty military personnel to $250 per unit starting with spring 2009 classes which beginJanuary 19. The move enables those currently serving in the United States armed forces to pursue their higher education regardless of where they are stationed or deployed.

“Access to online distance learning programs is critical for active duty personnel pursuing their higher education because the classes can be accessed from anywhere in the world,” said Gary Brahm, chancellor of Chapman University College. “This flexibility in terms of delivering the curriculum during ‘off-hours’ when military personnel are not training or on duty is extremely important in ensuring that these students can complete their degrees in a timely manner regardless of where they are deployed.”

There were 452 military personnel enrolled in Chapman University College for the fall 2008 session serving in countries around the world including Afghanistan, Africa, Britain, Germany, Iraq, Japan and South Korea and on ships deployed in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea.

“Active military personnel pursuing a higher education face unique challenges that other students do not,” said retired Navy Rear Admiral David Janes who serves on Chapman University College’s board of regents. “Their commitment to serving their country often places a high demand on their time and availability to take courses in a classroom. But distance learning programs provide them with an opportunity to pursue and complete their degrees online in a timely manner.”

Chapman University College currently offers classes and/or academic advising on six military bases including Naval Air Station Lemoore and Travis Air Force Base in California and McChord Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor and Ft. Lewis Army Base in Washington. Since 1983, 1,689 military students have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Chapman University College.

About Chapman University College
Chapman University College (CUC) is a nonprofit higher education institution which has been serving the unique needs of adult learners for 50 years by providing them with access to a quality education with convenient sessions and campuses consistent with the needs of their busy lives. CUC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduate certificates, teaching credentials and extended education programs at campuses throughout California and Washington. Over 6,000 students per session enjoy convenient class times, exceptional faculty, and unparalleled student service.
 
CUC is one of seven colleges within Chapman University. Founded in 1861, Chapman is one of California’s oldest, most prestigious private universities and home to over 4,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students at its beautiful home campus in Orange, California. U.S. News and World Report ranks Chapman a Top School in America’s Best Colleges 2008. Chapman University is accredited by and a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

###

About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves an average of 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. www.Brandman.edu.

For more information contact Steve Quis, director of Public Relations at squis@brandman.edu.