About American Public University System
Service. Leadership. Relevance in a global society. These values define our mission at American Public University System. They guide how we educate and support more than 45,000 distance learners studying in 50 states and more than 100 countries. They shape the growth of our two institutions, American Public University and American Military University. They are a roadmap for how we prepare you for successful careers.
How do we set ourselves apart from other distance learning and traditional “brick-and-mortar” universities?
Our Programs, Your Career
Above all, we exist to serve you. Our students quickly discover a tight-knit community of professors, staff and fellow students.You’ll engage in one-on-one discussions with professors. You may work on a project with other students who live in your town or join online chats to discuss coursework with classmates who live across an ocean.
We continuously strive to keep the learning environment creative, demanding and relevant to what's happening in the world today.
In fact, we commit ourselves to providing the best in career-relevant programs. We offer an impressive curriculum, with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including homeland security, intelligence, criminal justice, and emergency management.
The professors teaching these programs are truly “real-world” experts who incorporate knowledge they learn from the field. Many are executives in government, business and non-profit organizations, including the State Department, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, CIA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the United Nations.
Since our founding in 1991 as American Military University, we’ve grown to become a leader in distance education. Our students have always been the best of the best.
I encourage you to learn more about us. Talk to one of our students. Chat with a professor or department chair. Explore our Web site. Find out how American Public University System is helping others and how we can help you grow, achieve and succeed.
To educate the nation's military and public service communities by providing respected, relevant, affordable, and student-focused online programs, which prepare them for service and leadership in a diverse, global society.
The University System is a respected higher-learning organization known for its distinctive strengths in providing superior and relevant distance learning programs to its learners. In pursuing this vision, the University System:
* Creates interactive, effective learning environments for all constituents.
* Serves its constituents’ diverse personal and professional development needs.
* Expands access to affordable programs to underserved learners.
The University System is guided in fulfilling its mission by these shared principles and core values:
Learning: The University System fosters an environment that promotes a life of learning for its constituents and uses feedback from its participants and supporters to improve the quality of its teaching, learning, and support.
Quality: The University System holds a strong commitment to high standards in all aspects of its educational activities, learning outcomes, and support services. It seeks to continuously strengthen the overall effectiveness of its operations.
Integrity: The University System conducts its operations and makes its public representations in an ethical manner. It assesses its operations in an open and collaborative manner and practices fairness, honesty, and objectivity in dealing with its constituencies.
Diversity: The University System embraces and promotes diversity in its policies and practices to prepare its learners to live and work successfully in an increasingly diverse society. It strives to create diverse learning environments by welcoming teachers, learners, and staff that bring diverse ideas, values, backgrounds, and beliefs to the learning and work environment.
Freedom of Inquiry and Expression: The University System supports the rights of its constituents to freely inquire and express their opinions. It engages and encourages an open exchange of ideas and seeks input from all who wish to participate in its learning programs.
Accountability: The University System is accountable to its constituencies and the public for fulfilling its mission in an appropriate manner by openly assessing its operations and by inviting external evaluations by public agencies.
Access to Underserved: The University System seeks to broaden access to its higher education programs by underserved communities who wish to engage the organization in their learning goals.
Adaptive and Responsive: The University System anticipates and adapts to its changing environment and responds to the needs of the organization and its constituencies in manners both appropriate and timely.
Innovation: The University System seeks imaginative and effective solutions to its challenges and innovative ways to fulfill its mission.
Collaboration: The University System seeks and nurtures partnerships with its constituents and the communities it serves in creating effective learning environments for its learners.