Reasons to Believe (RTB)
Why UMass Global - Sharing the Benefits
UMass Global is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC) Senior College and University Commission. This is the same level of institutional accreditation that most state and well known universities have.
2 types of institutional accreditation: regional or national
- Regionally accredited institutions are academically-oriented, typically leading to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree.
- Nationally accredited institutions are typically those that offer vocational, career, or technical programs.
- Regional accreditation may assist you as you move forward in your education. Most schools accept transfer credits from regionally accredited universities.
- University of Massachusetts Global does not accept credits from nationally accredited institutions.
- Differences: 2 types of institutional accreditation: regional or national
- Social Work:
- The Master in Social Work (MSW) program received CSWE accreditation in March 2021.
- Our Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program received CSWE accreditation in 2016.
- To review more accreditation information, please visit the Directory of Accredited Programs on the CSWE website and locate University of Massachusetts Global on Page 7. https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx
- School of Education:
- All programs hold NCATE accreditation, which is a prestigious, national, professional accreditation.
- Credential Programs:
- The fourth largest provider of teaching credentials among private/independent universities in California (or TOP 5)
- UMass Global Credential and Authorization Education programs are accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
- School of Nursing:
- ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
- CCNE - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Social Work:
The following programs were created to accelerate the time to completion and therefore save on costs:
- Advanced standing in MSW:
- If an applicant had a CSWE-accredited BSW/BASW/BSSW degree conferred within the prior five years they only need to complete 600 advanced field hours as an MSW student, rather than the full 1000 field hours required of Standard MSW students.
- Acceleration BBA to MBA:
- Integrated degree program provides students entering a BBA program, an expedited degree path to an MBA with up to 18 fewer credits than finishing separate BBA and MBA degree programs.
- UMass Global MyPath™:
- competency-based (CBE) IT and Business programs allow you to draw upon life and professional experiences to help you progress through courses more quickly and affordably.
- Advanced standing in MSW:
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- UMass Global has not raised undergraduate tuition since 2012 (as of 2021 academic year)
- UMass Global's outstanding completion rates and class availability make it an excellent value and allows students to enter the job market efficiently.
- Free parking at all UMass Global campus locations in California and Washington
- From the time the rankings began in 2012, UMass Global’s online programs have ranked consistently among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Based on outcomes 8 years after attending as of Oct. 22, 2021:
- Part Time Students: 51% graduated
- Full Time Students: 68% graduated
- Both: 58% overall graduation rate
To look up and compare competitors visit https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
- vs. SNHU (47%): https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/compare/?toggle=institutions&s=262086&s=183026
- vs. National (34%): https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/compare/?toggle=institutions&s=262086&s=119605
- vs. Phoenix (ranges from 28% - 50%): https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/compare/?toggle=institutions&s=262086&s=484631&s=484710&s=484668&s=432223&s=484756&s=484613
- vs. Univ Maryland Global (28%): https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/compare/?toggle=institutions&s=262086&s=163204
- vs. Purdue Global (33%): https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/compare/?toggle=institutions&s=262086&s=489779
- vs. ASU (digital immersion = 54%): https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/compare/?toggle=institutions&s=262086&s=483124&s=104151
2018 3-year national cohort default rate (as of Sept 27, 2021)
- 4.1% Loan Default Rate vs. the Nat'l avg of 7.3%
- Default Rate by school type:
- 5.2% for private
- 7% for public
- 11.2% for proprietary
- Competitor Comparison:
- Purdue Global - 9.5%
- University of Phoenix-8.7%
- University of Maryland Global - 4.4%
- Arizona State University - 4.5%
- Grand Canyon University - 5.0%
- National University- 3.7%
Source: Federal Student Aid
150+ years of Heritage and History as part of the Chapman University System.
- Established by Chapman University – a private institution in Orange, California founded in 1861 which consistently ranks among the country’s top universities
- serving adult learners since 1958.
- Investing in our students is very important to us and we strive to find ways to add more benefits to your education.
- UMass Global's curriculum was designed to meet the needs of busy adult students.
- 90% of students work while completing a program.
- 56% of graduates had one or more dependents while in school.
- Hybrid / blended learning: Go to school 1 day a week per class for 3 hours. The rest is online.
- Fully Online: Flexibility to study when it’s convenient for you.
- Self-paced competency based option. UMass Global MyPath™:
- UMass Global is the only non-profit higher education institution in California offering competence-based education (CBE)—an affordable, self-paced online learning modality that measures learning rather than time. UMass Global offers CBE programs in business and information technology through UMass Global MyPath™.
Flexible start times with six eight-week sessions—two sessions per each trimester during the academic year (Start Dates: Academic Calendar):
- Fall Trimester—Fall I and Fall II
- Spring Trimester—Spring Session I and Spring Session II
- Summer Trimester—Summer Session I and Summer Session II
UMass Global MyPath™: Continuous starts
- Liberal transfer credit policies.
- Accepts credits from Joint Service Transcripts, Community College of the Air Force transcripts as well as those from CLEP and DSST exams
- Offers block credit transfers for student service members or veterans who have achieved the ranks of E-7 or above, chief warrant officer 2 or above, or any officer rank
- UMass Global started as Chapman University College in 1958 when it opened up a campus at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro to serve Military students.
- 6 campuses on military installations.
- BU Military Stats
- Overall, 25% have military ties or connections
- 12% are active or reserve
- 11% are veterans
- 3% are military dependents
Military students require specialized forms of support from their university in order to start, persist and graduate. They often have higher incidences of health risk behaviors and psychological symptomology than civilians, as well as struggles with adjusting to and interacting in the academic setting.
The following is a list of University of Massachusetts Global departments and the specialized forms of support they currently provide our military students.
Specialized Military Enrollment Coaches
- Trained on assessing the unique needs of each military student
- bridges the gap between them and the departments/resources outlined below to ensure their academic success
Military & Student Services
This department can assist military students with administrative, academic and financial related matters including:
- Certify VA students for educational benefits including Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30), Post 911 GI Bill (Ch. 33), Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch. 31), Dependents Educational Allowance (Ch. 35)
- Facilitate student account issues for military students
- Getting holds removed for military students
- Financial Aid, Cashier, and Collection issues
- Degree conferral issues
Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services
This department provides accommodations to enhance the military student’s chances for academic success
- The prevalence of medical disabilities such as deafness and severe physical trauma, and mental health disabilities such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder is typically greater in military students than in civilians.
- Accommodations may include:
- Assistive technology
- Recording of lectures
- Closed and real-time captioning
- Extended time on exams
- Referrals to Veteran Support
- Interpreter services
- Note-taking assistance
- Textbooks and course materials in an alternate format
- Liaison with faculty and staff
Military students are commonly undecided on a civilian career path and often lack the skills required for many civilian jobs. This department can improve these challenges with the following services:
- Career Exploration: planning, self-assessment, interest inventories, occupational outlooks
- Skills Translation (transferable military skills)
- Resume Building and Interviewing Skills
- Job Search Resources and Strategies
- Connections with numerous organizations that can provide additional specialized services for military students
Academic Advisors/One Stop Specialists
Academic Advisors and One Stop Specialists can greatly facilitate the processes of registering for and funding a degree program at University of Massachusetts Global. The following outlines how each can assist military students in these respects.
- Academic Advisors: Assist military students with developing education plans (required for Tuition Assistance (TA) approval), submitting petitions, articulation
- One Stop Specialists: Assist military students with the application of military/veteran benefits, VA certifying official, obtaining documentation required for benefits
Military students are subject to duty station transfers, foreign deployments and assignments, lengthy training exercises and other unanticipated forms of duty. University of Massachusetts Global faculty are aware of these unique logistical challenges and are committed to providing the flexibility and accommodations military students are often seeking and require for military student success.
Landing Page: www.umassglobal.edu/Accelerate
FAQ’s are available on the landing page.
- Would AAA of Southern CA students work in states other than CA?
- Yes – AAA of southern California has employees in offices between Maine and Hawaii.
- Do students have to fill out a scholarship form?
- What time period does the $5250 cover?
- Calendar year
- Can students do a MA program?
- Students must follow the program exception process with AAA HR
- What if I don’t have 12 units to start a BA?
- AAA Accelerate will cover the cost of the UMass Global TRACK program (either SAY or MyPath) to secure the necessary units and then transition into a covered BA program
- Eligible Programs for Direct Bill: UMass Global MyPath only: AA Gen Bus, BBA, BSIT
- Tuition Discount (18% discount) $5,250 per year (2 billing periods)
- *Note: For programs outside the eligible programs listed above, the usual premier partner scholarship agreement exists providing 10% scholarship on most programs and 20% scholarship for certain SOE programs. These programs are not included in Thruline’s tuition assistance initiative but are included in the tuition reimbursement policy of $5250, please have them talk to HR.
- Thruline will pay up to $5250/year; Pell must be counted first toward tuition and fees.
All students and alumni are provided the following free Career Planning and Development services:
- One to one personalized career coaching on self and career exploration, career management, resume writing, interviewing and job search.
- Access to self-assessments (MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory) to assist in major and career planning decisions.
- Professional development, webinars, workshops and networking opportunities with industry professionals, faculty and alumni.
- Job board services.
- UMass Global students have full access and borrowing privileges to the expansive Leatherby Libraries of the Chapman University System. From books, e-books, and full text journals to primary and secondary sources and collections, students have access to a wealth of resources for all of their research needs.
- Access to dedicated research librarians available Mon-Sat to assist with library and research questions.
- Offers undergraduate student virtual tutoring services, resources and live workshops.
- Submit papers for review before they are due.
- Help creating dynamic multimedia projects for class projects.
- Over 15% of university students have disabilities and are eligible for academic accommodations and/or assistive technology support. The university is committed to ensuring you equal educational access.
- Works with approved student individually to develop an accommodation plan which may include recording lectures, extended time on exams and projects, textbooks in an alternate format or closed and real-time captioning.
- Acts as a liaison between students, administrators & faculty, and other staff members to make sure the plan is followed.
- Every 8 weeks University of Massachusetts Global conducts Student Satisfaction Surveys.
- Utilize the results to implement change and improvement.
- Enhance your learning experience with small classes and more one-on-one attention from your professors.
- 93% of alumni would refer UMass Global to a friend.
New students receive a comprehensive orientation to prepare them for success in the classroom and beyond. The orientation introduces students to key support services and technical resources. It also presents details about the classroom experience and academic expectations.
- A resource for students prior to starting classes at UMass Global to plan for funding their education.
- Once admitted and enrolled, the One Stop is the single point of contact for registration, financial aid, billing, payments, refunds, scholarships, and veteran benefits.
- After you receive acceptance letter, you will be assigned an academic advisor.
- Co-creating and monitoring the student’s full education plan.
- Explain university academic policies and procedures.
- They will stay with you through your degree program to help navigate decisions affecting academic and career goals.
- Student’s primary point of contact at UMass Global prior to starting classes.
- Ensures that all students have guidance and personalized support through program selection, the admissions process, and preparing for a successful start to classes.
- 15 to 1 student ratio.
- Acts as mentors - highly engaged and approachable.
- Many instructors are currently working in the field they teach (real world experience).
- Renowned subject matter experts.
- Enhanced learning experience with small classes and one-on-one attention from your professors.