Online Education Model Shapes Tomorrow's Leaders

               Online Education Model Shapes Tomorrow's Leaders

21st century technology paves way for Ashford University graduates

PR Newswire

CLINTON, Iowa, March 14, 2013

CLINTON, Iowa, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --South Dakota's first secretary
of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a global Fortune 100 company's top
executive, and a  Colorado chief of police have something in common – all
three turned to Ashford University's 21st century online education model to
advance their careers and become leaders in their fields.

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The online model allows students to enhance their education with accessibility
and flexibility. Ashford University uses innovative technology to provide
online degree programs, with the mission of developing foundational leadership
values, such as self-worth, creativity, interdependence, service, integrity
and effectiveness.

The mission resonated with Larry Zimmerman, a top enlisted member of the South
Dakota National Guard. He became the first official secretary of the state's
new Department of Veterans Affairs on Jan. 9, 2013, just two days after
completing his bachelor's degree in business and organizational management
from Ashford University and, coincidentally, on his 59th birthday.

In his new leadership role, Zimmerman oversees more than 100 employees and
leads the department responsible for ensuring South Dakota's 70,000 veterans
are receiving the right benefits and opportunities.

When asked what led him to pursue higher education after 29 years in the Army
National Guard, Zimmerman said he aspired to set an example for his five
grandchildren. "I had to show my grandkids the importance of an education," he
said. "Considering my extensive travel with the Army National Guard, I
wouldn't have been able to get a degree without the accessibility of online
education. It worked for me and my career. Recently, I utilized my education
to develop a mission statement and write a strategic plan for the new
department."

An assistant vice president within the Securities and Lending Division at JP
Morgan Chase, Kaveen Benedict earned his Ashford University master's degree
with an information systems specialization at the age of 36. The 2012 graduate
was working full-time when he took online classes and credits the university
with helping him keep a "healthy work-family-study balance."

"Online education is the way of the future," said Benedict. "I used new tools,
such as the Ashford mobile app, to post assignments and discussions at any
time and from any location. My education has given me the tools for managing
larger teams and to fast forward my career."

John Dyer, a seasoned law enforcement professional with 25 years of
experience, earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from
Ashford. Soon after, he was promoted to chief of police in Rifle, Colo.

Like millions of working Americans, Dyer wanted to pursue higher education but
was limited by choices. "I wouldn't have been able to make the move up to
chief without the degree and would never have been able to fit coursework into
my schedule without online education."

As a leader and mentor to his staff of 22, Dyer continually stresses the
importance of education. "I tell sergeants and everyone I come in contact with
– you have to think three steps ahead to achieve your goals."

Zimmerman's, Benedict's and Dyer's preference for online higher learning
parallels a national trend. According to a recent national consumer poll by
Penn Schoen Berland on behalf of Ashford University, more than 60 percent of
adults between the ages of 35 and 48 say online degree programs provide a more
realistic learning environment that mimics today's work culture than
traditional campus programs.

Technology makes it possible for students of all ages and backgrounds to
advance their careers and become leaders in their fields.

About Ashford University

Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the
heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of
online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where
high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive
and stimulating learning experience. The University offers practical and
progressive associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as
well as bachelor's degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford
University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please
visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Winet Rodriguez, vice president of Public
Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

Contact: Shari Winet Rodriguez, Vice President of Public Relations
858.513.9240 x2513 · shari.rodriguez@ashford.edu

SOURCE Ashford University

Website: http://www.ashford.edu