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Bridgepoint Education, the local for-profit online educator, announced yesterday that it established articulation agreements during the final quarter of 2011 with five community colleges.

Under the agreements, students of Indian Hills Community College in Iowa; Yavapai College and Mohave Community College in Arizona; Joliet Junior College in Illinois; and College of Southern Nevada in Nevada would be able to apply credits toward an eventual bachelor’s degree at Ashford University, one of two brick-and-mortar schools owned by Bridgepoint with a campus in Clinton, Iowa.

“These agreements are great for all schools and students involved,” Ashford director of academic partnerships Mark Young said in a release by the school. “It makes for an almost seamless transition to a four-year university.”

Stock in the operation, which has in the past drawn controversy over some of its practices, closed today at $22.95, up 2.5%.

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dwbat Jan. 6, 2012 @ 8:30 p.m.

Does Bridgepoint Education explain to those students that getting a bachelor's degree from Ashford University is not worth much at all?

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Visduh Jan. 6, 2012 @ 9:41 p.m.

So it requires a special agreement between the community college and this diploma mill, Ashford, to transfer credits? For some weird reason, I thought that was more-or-less commonplace and automatic between accredited colleges. The more we learn about Bridgepoint and Ashford, the worse they look. Bridgepoint should change its name to to Barnum Inc. As in P T Barnum, the circus king was was quoted as saying "There's a sucker born every minute, and also someone to take him". Believe Bridgepoint, and you're that sucker.

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