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Ashford University was founded in 1918 in Clinton, Iowa. The campus rests on 25 acres. It is managed by Bridgepoint Education which is based in San Diego, California. Ashford began in 1893 as the Mont St. Clare Academy, a boarding school for girls by the Sisters of St. Francis. It was an approved teacher education college for several decades. It was first accredited in 1950. 17 years later, in 1967, it became a coeducational school. Its first four year bachelor's degree was offered in 1980. In 2003, it became known as the Franciscan University and a year later it became The Franciscan University of the Prairies. Bridgepoint Education bought the school, a year later, in 2005 when it became known as Ashford University.

Classes are given by semester. The faculty to student retention is 1:22. Ashford University offers Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. There are about 50 programs offered on campus and also online. Over half of the students are online. Tuition and fees and room and board for 2011-201 were about $21,000. The athletic teams are called the Saints. The Colleges are: College of Business and Professional Studies, College of Health, Human Services and Science, College of Education and College of Liberal Arts. Areas of interest include behavioral sciences, business, communications, criminal justice, education, health care, liberal arts, military studies, public administration, and science.

Some of the programs are eMarketing, project management, supply chain management, accounting, finance, Master's of business administration and other programs. 90 percent of faculty said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their Ashford teaching experience. The University Career Services offers job postings, job-search help, advice on how to write a resume, and career coaching. Online honor societies include Alpha Sigma Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa. Ashford University has software to help make online and mobile device education an effective and easy learning experience.

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