Jun 8, 2010

A few things you should know about Walmart's online college scheme

We don't often re-post other blogs here at the UFCW, but this one bears repeating. Our friends at Wake Up Walmart have done some research on Walmart's new online college scheme for its associates. Walmart has been getting a lot of press on this over the last few days, but as Wake Up Walmart points out, this new partnership with American Public University leaves a lot to be desired. And educationally speaking, some experts find the idea of offering college credit to associates for things like taking Walmart's ethics trainings a little shaky. Here are a few important facts about the program:
  • American Public University isn't "public." It is a private institution, part of the American Public University System.
  • APUS is mostly American Military University, an online university that focuses on serving members of the armed forces and is designed to be flexible to meet the demands of deployed troops.
  • Undergraduate tuition at APU is $250 per credit hour ($750 per 3 credit course). Will from Wake Up Walmart called the community college near where he grew up, Edison Community College in Southwest Florida, and found out that instate tuition there was $89.88 per credit hour. They would have to be giving a more than 60% discount to Walmart Associates to make up that difference.
  • APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association and Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. Students may have difficulty transferring credits.
Thanks, Wake Up Walmart, for getting to the bottom of this!

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