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Argosy University Announces New Scholarship

Argosy University – in conjunction with The Education Foundation – recently announced its 2012 Patricia K. Goeser Memorial Scholarship!

The Patricia K. Goeser Memorial Scholarship will provide $250 to two awardees. The scholarship fund was created by Goeser’s daughter, Caroline Dahlquist, in memoriam of her mother whom had raised Dahlquist and her three sisters on her own while working and attending the University of Tennessee.

"It is my belief that my three sisters and I would not be as successful as we are if she had not (gone back to school)," Dahlquist says. "Her first day at the University of Tennessee was my first day of Kindergarten. I want to be able to - in some small way - help others to get themselves moving towards an education that will eventually change future generations."

The scholarship will be awarded based upon the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be an online student in an active or re-entry status with out of pocket expense either from previous enrollment or other circumstances
  • Applicant must be a single parent with dependent children pursuing an undergraduate degree with Argosy University.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 16 credits and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Applicants must complete an essay that answers the following questions:
  • What do you hope your children learn from your pursuit of a college education?
  • How will your education benefit yourself, your family?

Download the application here!

Applications can be sent to

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Students Shorten Their Path to Graduation With Prior Learning Assessment

Did you know that undergraduate students at Argosy University can submit a portfolio of their professional learning to determine if that learning can earn credit through a prior learning assessment or PLA?

PLA can help students potentially have a faster path to graduation – and save some money along the way – because PLA credits are earned even while students are continuing to take courses at Argosy University – Online Programs.

In fact, we have a number of students who have already gone through the process and have reaped the benefits! (Please note that the following are the results of the PLA process for specific students, every students’ prior learning is evaluated individually by our PLA evaluators and individual results may vary.)

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology student had his professional training as a firefighter evaluated and was awarded 30 credit hours. This translates into projected savings of $16,200 and path to graduation that’s shorter by 15 months!

Three other Bachelor of Arts in Psychology students are projected to respectively save $8,100, $6,480, $1,620 and together shorten their path to graduation by almost 15 months.

And, in our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, yet another student is projected to save $9,720 and 9.75 months.

Have you explored Prior Learning Assessment to see if your professional learning might help you save time and money? You owe it to yourself to find out.

Get Started

Students can submit a portfolio of licenses, certificates, or corporate training for assessment for PLA credits. Contact PLA for a brief online or over the phone interview:

Prior Learning Assessment | Argosy University
Phone: 877-884-8037

Hours of Operation
Mon- Friday, 10am – 6pm

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A Look at the Future of Education

Welcome to the fifth installment in our blog series taking a look at the future of some the occupational fields you’ll find here at Argosy University. Today, we’re going to be looking at some trends and career outlooks for educators with graduate degrees.

To set some additional context for his post, Argosy University’ College of Education offers the following graduate degrees:

  • EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education*
  • EdD in Teaching and Learning*
  • Master of Arts in Education in Teaching and Learning*
  • Master of Arts in Education in Adult Education and Training*
  • Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education*

So, what is the outlook for teaching professionals who choose to pursue a graduate degree? Our graduate degree programs in Education are designed to provide students with the practical training and the personal development they require to enhance their career potential. According to an article on, graduate degrees in education might help teachers advance their career:

“Relative to other fields, teachers still don’t make much 16% less than other college-educated professionals, according to the Economic Policy Institute. But the gap for teachers with a master s degree is less than for those with only a bachelor s. Thanks to union contracts, a master s degree automatically bumps many public school teachers up to a higher pay range, says the University of California s Sims. Moving up into administrative roles also typically requires an advanced degree, and the jump can pay off. The median salary for a high school teacher in 2008 was $51,180, while elementary and secondary administrators made a median salary of $83,880.”

Similarly, according to a recent study mentioned in US News and World Report:

“Among the 15 fields of study analyzed in the report, median earnings of those with a graduate degree in the field, irrespective of tenure, are an average of 38.3 percent higher than those who only possess a bachelor's degree in the same field. "Is it worth it?" asks Reid Linn, dean of the Graduate School at James Madison University. "I am unaware of any study that has ever proven that more education and more guided practice and direct experience has hurt anyone or negatively impacted someone's life over a lifetime." 

With all of this in mind, what about the overall outlook for teachers in the coming years, what does the job market look like for teachers moving forward? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, looking at trends for kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers:

"Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is expected to grow by 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Through 2018, overall student enrollments in elementary, middle, and secondary schools—a key factor in the demand for teachers—are expected to rise more slowly than in the past as children of the baby-boom generation leave the school system. Projected enrollments will vary by region. Rapidly growing States in the South and West will experience the largest enrollment increases."

Want to learn more about pursuing a graduate degree as a teacher? Here is another article from US News & World Report, with some helpful tips and the Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide even more information on the outlook as a whole.

See  for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

*Only campuses in Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and Utah offer programs that lead to teacher, administrator, or school psychologist certification, licensure, or endorsement in any State in the United States. The programs offered through Argosy University – Online Programs DO NOT lead to teacher or administrator certification , licensure, or endorsement in any State in the United States, regardless of the state in which the student resides.


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