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Ashford University, the for-profit college based in Iowa but offering mostly online courses, has reached articulation agreements with 11 community and regional colleges, San Diego-based parent Bridgepoint Education reports. Southwestern College in Chula Vista is among the institutions inking deals that allow their students to transfer credits to Ashford bachelor’s degree programs.

“These agreements are great for all schools and students involved and makes for an almost seamless transition into a four-year university,” said Ashford academic partnership director Mark Young in a release.

Bridgepoint, while steadily increasing student enrollment and shareholder profits, has drawn in the past criticism for maintaining a marketing budget that exceeds its education budget, and basing enrollment on a prospective student’s maximum federal loan qualifications.

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Visduh April 25, 2012 @ 2:35 p.m.

This is a wonderful favor that Southwestern is doing its students, lining them up to be ripped off by Bridgepoint. Many of the less sophisticated students will not explore heading to such places as SDSU, but will just head for Ashford because they are "guaranteed" a seamless transition. Seamless if you don't remember the sky-high cost of Ashford and manage to avoid becoming one of their legions of dropouts.

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SurfPuppy619 April 25, 2012 @ 9:46 p.m.

“These agreements are great for all schools and students involved and makes for an almost seamless transition into a four-year university,” said Ashford academic partnership director Mark Young in a release.

They're great for one party and one party only Ashford, they are AWFUL for the student. We have SDSU right here, at 1/10th the cost of Ashford, why are these dorks at Southwestern pulling this scam??? Only one plausible explanation-KICKBACKS.

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eastlaker April 27, 2012 @ 1:09 p.m.

The strengthened G.I. Bill is driving many of these for profit institutions--because they get their money even if students do not continue with their course of education. It is one more way for ethically challenged corporations to transfer funds from those who are just starting out in life into their own already bulging coffers. They are counting on people being uninformed about educational opportunities available from the traditional colleges and universities.

Community colleges really need to be very straightforward with their students and tell them that while paperwork for Ashford might be slightly easier to complete, and acceptance is 100% guaranteed, their degree might not end up being worth a great deal. Ashford has a place in the spectrum of institutions of higher learning, but students need to be aware that 9 times out of 10, it isn't their best option.

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anniej April 27, 2012 @ 5:04 p.m.

southwestern needs to tread carefully here. the community is still reeling from the college's involvement in 'pay to play'.

trust is earned, and the college has a long way to go - this is definitely going to give the taxpaying community and parents motive to pause and question 'is this in the best interest of the students'? it appears not to be, so WHY?

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