SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Feb. 4) - Representatives of one of the pioneers in distance education programs in the United States are on island to gather information on the needs of students in the Pacific region.

Jason Schrott, regional director for Asia-Pacific of University of Phoenix Online, said they are here to meet with officials of the CNMI Scholarship Office and Northern Marianas College to explain how local students can use their services.

"Our trip to Saipan is mainly to understand the market. By doing so, we are meeting with NMC and the Scholarship Office. Just sort of information gathering," he said.

University of Phoenix Online was launched in 1989 for working adults unable to attend classroom-based classes but are eager to enhance their educational background.

Today, the university serves over 50,000 students online, Schrott said.

University of Phoenix Online, offers at least 11 undergraduate programs which include associate of arts in general studies, bachelor of science in business/accounting, criminal justice administration, health care services, information technology, management, nursing, among others.

It offers graduate programs in master of arts in organizational management, business administration, master of business administration in e-business, health care management, computer information systems, education and marketing.

It has doctoral programs for business administration, educational leadership and management in organizational leadership.

Schrott said their university is willing to offer at least 20 percent discount on tuition to CNMI-based students.

February 4, 2003

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