Monday, April 21, 2014

These days it’s easier than ever to get an online degree or certification. No longer do you have to battle traffic and weather to sit through and long drawn-out lecture at a far away school then have to trek all the way back home. With an online education everything you need is right in your own home. Provided you have an internet connection and computer that is. If so, there’s nothing stopping you from kicking back in your favorite chair and taking online courses that will lead to your new career.

Who gets online degrees?
In a general sense, online educations are for anyone who finds it difficult or impossible to make it to a brick and mortar school. But more specifically, here are a few types of people that find online courses perfect for their situations:

Stay-At-Home Parents
Most schools don’t allow you to bring your children to school with you - for good reasons. I imagine many professors don’t take kindly to kids running wild through their classroom and drawing all over their nice clean white boards. So for moms or dads that are stuck at home watching the kids all day, an online degree or certificate program is sometimes just what they’re looking for. Not to mention an online education can be significantly cheaper than most 4-year colleges. It’s also important to learn the cost per credit unit when searching an online so you can take more classes for your money. These extra savings are just more icing on the cake.

Skill-Specific Job Certifications
Online certificate programs make a lot of sense for people looking to gain a specific skill-set for a real-world job. How many times have you heard someone with a degree from a 4-year college bring up the fact that they never use anything they learned in college at their current job? Their claims might be slightly exaggerated – they had to at least learn a little something about budgeting on a poor college student’s income, or lack thereof.  But people looking to enter in specific career fields – like medical assistants, real estate salespersons, pharmacy technicians and even police officers find that an online certification program can give them the education they need to find employment in their desired field.

Military Personnel & Their Spouses
It’s obviously difficult for military service men and women to attend college while serving their duties. That’s why many of them looking to further their education while serving their country look to online schools. Military servicemen, veterans and their families can also take advantage of tuition benefits offered through government funding. This is something that should not be overlooked when researching and applying for schools.

These are just a few of many situations for students utilizing an obtaining an online education. In this modern age it’s no longer necessary to commute to school if it doesn't work with a career plan. So many students are finding cheaper alternative ways to get the career they want. If earning your education online and taking classes that fit your schedule is what you’re looking for, call AAU to get your questions answered! Speak to an admissions representative at: (888) 501-5221.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Allied American University 2014 Graduation

Allied American University’s 2014 graduation ceremony was held on March 8th, 2014 at the Aliso Viejo Conference Center in California. Students in attendance came from all over the United States, even as far as Florida, to accept their diplomas. 

The ceremony lasted roughly an hour and went off without a hitch. Allied American University is extremely proud of this year’s graduates and is all ready looking forward to next year! 

Check out picture of the event here: Allied American University 2014 Graduation Pictures

About Allied American University
Allied American University is a 100% online school that allows students to get their degrees through an online platform. This is a military-friendly university – as was seen on March 8th with many of the graduates having military backgrounds. AAU works with students all the way through their Allied education to ensure they get the best experience possible. Any student looking to get a quality online education from a university that cares can look to Allied American University. 

Allied also works with students to make sure they are taking advantage of any scholarships or benefits they might be eligible to receive for academic and military benefits. 

Online Distance Learning Degrees
AAU is a nationally accredited distance learning school. Students from all over the country can work towards an associate, bachelor’s or specialty certification from wherever they may be. This gives students the freedom to work, travel or even study abroad while completing their coursework. All you need is access to the Internet. Sometimes attending a brick-and-mortar university isn't a possibility or is highly inconvenient for a student for many numbers of reasons. AAU helps students get a nationally recognized quality degree without having to deal with the travel difficulties. 

What Types Of Programs Are Available Online?
Allied American University has many types of programs for students to take online. You can work towards getting a bachelor’s degree or even work toward completing a specialty program like medical assisting which will get you ready for a real world position. Check out more of Allied American University’s programs and degrees here. 

If you have any questions about taking online classes, getting an online degree or completing a specialty program – talk to an admissions representative now and find out if online courses are for you. Speak to an AAU Admissions Representative at 888-384-0849. Allied American University would love to see you at an upcoming graduation ceremony, so call TODAY to get started on your educational goals! 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Attention Army Students: You can now make your life easier by requesting your tuition assistance funding electronically and receive your TA benefits faster than ever before!

Here’s how to get your FREE GoArmyEd App for your iPhone, Android or Tablet device!

Downloading and Setting Up the GoArmyEd Mobile App

Returning Students – With Existing GoArmyEd Accounts:

Just search for “GoArmyEd” in either the Apple or Google Play App Store and download the GoArmyEd App, or follow the links below. 

Links to Download the GoArmyEd App
GoArmyEd App in the Apple Store

GoArmyEd App in the Google Play App Store

Once the download is complete, you can login and access your account and apply for tuition assistance with your current password information. It’s that easy!

New Students – Setting Up Your GoArmyEd App Account:

For soldiers who have never used Federal Tuition Assistance before, follow these steps to get started:

1. Download “GoArmyEd” on your device

2. Click “Login to”

3. Click “Create/Activate Account”

4. Choose “Student”

5. Fill in your personal information (Name, DOB, Address, etc.) 

6. Once your account is created, you will need to “log out” then “log back in” to your account

7. Once logged back in, click “Request TA Access” and follow the steps. (Note: Be sure to have your commanding officer’s name and AKO email address on hand for clearance.)

8. Contact your CO and let them know an SOU email was sent to their inbox and encourage their prompt response. 

9. That’s it! Once your CO receives and returns the SOU email, you will be able to access your TA account information. 

Congratulations! You should now have access to your TA funding account and can work with your school to sign up for classes. If you have any further questions about setting up your GoArmyEd App, please contact an Allied representative at (888) 384-0849.

Thanks for choosing Allied American University for your continuing education needs!
GoArmyEd FAQ’s:

What if I already used TA before? You can still download the app, and login to your account to request TA.

What if I have an account but I don’t know my user name? Call GoArmyEd helpdesk: 1-800-817-9990 to access or change your user name information. 

What if I don’t know my password? There is a button to push if you don’t know password on the login screen. GoArmyEd will allow you to change the password and will email you a new one…but you need access to AKO to get it.

What if I don’t have a smart phone?  You can actually borrow a fellow soldier’s phone phone/ipad to create account or you’ll have to use the website on your personal computer.

Does this mean I am enrolled once I download it?  You are not enrolled into school… GoArmyEd is for securing “funding” for courses. Just having the app and your account unlocked does not mean you are in school.  You will still need to meet all admissions requirements with your school.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Allied American University has great news for members of the Navy and Marine Corps! It was confirmed by the office of United States Senator Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that Navy and Marine Corps leaders have made a change on proposals submitted earlier this month regarding the funding of the Tuition Assistance (TA) program. On Thursday, at an Armed Services Committee hearing, General James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, said the Marine Corps and Navy, would fund TA at 100 percent.
“We’re delighted that we can continue to offer men and women of these two branches the opportunity to earn their college diplomas from an accredited institution like ours. At Allied American University we pride ourselves with being a military-focused university, and are excited to continue to help members of the Navy and Marine Corps move towards graduation. Our goal is that AAU can play a role in helping our military students graduate, get their next promotion, and successfully transition out into the civilian world with employment.” said Lindsay Oglesby, Chief Enrollment Management Officer for Allied American University.
The plan brought forth from proposed budgets on March 4th was to cut TA for both the Navy and Marines by passing 25% of costs to the servicemembers. This would have shifted a big portion of the financial burden back onto the members of both branches, an idea that received immediate resistance from many U.S. Senators.

This is great news for AAU’s current students who are members of the Navy and Marine Corps… Your benefits will be staying the same, allowing you the opportunity to continue to work towards your certificate and degree programs without interruption!  

Are you a prospective student of Allied American University? Don’t miss out on the opportunity on benefits that are rightfully YOURS! Enroll today and utilize your benefits while they are still available to you. TA funding changes have been proposed in the last two budgets, so changes could still happen... Get as much of your education paid for while you can.  You have earned this benefit, use it!  The possibility of only 75% coverage is not happening today, thanks to this announcement - but it could happen at any time so don’t wait!

Admiral Greenert was quoted saying that funding Tuition Assistance “is a great return on investment.” Think about all that a certificate or degree can do for your current military career, as well as the doors that it can open if you decide to return to civilian life… A military promotion often comes with an increase in pay. This news potentially means more money to your bank account, courtesy of the Navy and Marine Corps. So what is holding you back?  The sooner you get started, the sooner you can graduate and move up in rank!

For more information on what Allied American University can provide for you, contact us IMMEDIATELY by clicking HERE.  

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Change can be good, but come January 1, 2014 changes to Army Tuition Assistance will affect benefits for current servicemembers. Here's how:

In the Army for Less Than One Year?
To secure TA, you must complete orientation and enroll by November 27, 2013 to meet the December 2nd start date.

In the Army For More Than One Year?
There have been many changes this year - act now so that you can utilize TA before any more are made.

Enroll now before the change and take advantage of your Army TA benefits today.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

By Mary Dereshiwsky, PhD
Professor of Business, AAU

When we think of a job, we usually see it as the result of completing our online business degree program. However, when we see that job as bringing valuable professional experiences to our learning environment, we can use it as a driving force for success. Here is how to leverage your job experiences to help ensure success in your Allied American University studies.

Experience Wanted
You may think that your learning will come from textbooks. While that’s definitely part of it, your real-world business experience counts a great deal, too.

In your AAU classroom, you will have many opportunities to share examples from your everyday job. From posting your experiences as they relate to discussion topics included in your course, to using your on-the-job expertise to concept ideas to further research written assignments, your experience will create a great foundation for applying the ideas you are learning in your AAU classroom.

Additionally, this will make book learning come alive as you discover ways to apply what you are learning at AAU to your job. See? You already know more than you think!

Inquiring Minds Want to Know
A successful business person does not hesitate to collect necessary information before making an informed decision. As part of doing this, he or she will ask questions. Your AAU professors stand ready to help you with questions about your learning materials. All you have to do is ask!

Just as in a business scenario, asking for help can resolve a small problem before it turns into a major roadblock. Asking for what you need, such as an answer to a question or help with finding additional resources for an assignment or paper, will help prevent problems on your path to successful learning with AAU.

Reporting For Duty
The best way to stay alert to new developments at your job is to be continually present. We have all heard the phrase “management by walking around.” Staying connected to your job site and coworkers means you are aware of everything you need to know to succeed at your job. It’s the same principle with your AAU course.

We know life becomes mega-hectic at times with the many obligations we juggle as busy adult learners. At the same time, this is where the relative flexibility of your AAU classroom really helps you to stay connected despite your hectic calendar. We are not tied down to a fixed day, time and place to “all study together” as in the traditional in-person classroom. The AAU classroom provides you more leeway to pace your learning.

Similar to a business leader working ahead on upcoming deadlines, so you should also try to start as early in the week on your study responsibilities. Also consider the time you will save not having to commute after a busy work day to an in-person evening class. Add to this carving out some of that time to get a jumpstart on the week’s reading or discussions, and you’d be surprised how these seemingly small blocks of time add up to help you reach your goal!

Taking The Pulse
All workplaces have some form of evaluating employees. Such evaluations are an opportunity to learn what you are doing well and find out how you can do even better. Admittedly, this evaluation process is met with trepidation at some workplaces!

At AAU our goals are very different. When you receive feedback on your assignments, the instructor’s intent is to help you be your best. This means telling you what you did well, and coaching you on how to improve.

Although challenging, it is recommended that you see such evaluations as a positive opportunity. Read your assignment feedback carefully to see what your instructor suggests for improving in a given area. Assume that the intent is to bring out your best performance, which will help you receive this coaching in the spirit intended. If you are not clear on your instructor’s feedback, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.

Dress Code
Most businesses have a dress code with the intention to convey a sense of professionalism and importance in what is said and done in that workplace. The equivalent of a dress code in your online classroom at AAU will be good writing skills.

How you “package” your written assignments and discussion postings will either enhance or detract from the content. This is especially critical in our asynchronous classrooms where we communicate only in writing. Making sure that written communication is as clear and correct as possible will enable you to show off your ideas to maximum impact. This includes proper grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure, and correct APA citation style.

If your instructor gives you feedback on how to improve in these areas, don’t be offended. Instead, seize it as an opportunity to “look your best” when presenting your learning ideas in writing!

I’d like to end this post with a quote from my own high school principal that was her trademark - “Work works wonders.” With appropriate effort and application of these strategies that you are already using in your workplace, you can be a success not only on the job but also in your AAU degree program.

We wish you well in your studies and are committed to your success!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

By Brian Danigole, MS
Professor, Criminal Justice, AAU

What if you had an expert view into the world of terrorism? You would know its history and have insight into how terrorism has impacted the United States and global world. The Understanding Terrorism course from Allied American University provides you with this knowledge for your Criminal Justice degree, as well as the information you need to deal with terrorism and prepare for a possible Criminal Justice career in local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

It is important for students to understand how terrorism affects all aspects of law enforcement. The United States is the melting pot of the world and law enforcement practitioners come into daily contact with people of all different races, ethnicities and religions. It is important for them to understand the signs of a terrorist attack and act swiftly, ethically, professionally and have the knowledgebase to effectively investigate these crimes. Law enforcement practitioners must also understand that terrorism is not just something that happens in other countries – it can and does take place on United States soil; some terrorists were born and raised in the United States, or have lived here for many years, allowing them to assimilate into the communities and lifestyle of its citizens.

By having knowledge of terrorism, law enforcement practitioners have a huge advantage in recognizing the signs of a terrorist attack, being able to respond to it, minimize loss of life or damage and ensure a successful prosecution of the case. Agencies at the federal level such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and the many different agencies that make up the Department of Homeland Security, are on the front lines of the war against terrorism. Local and state law enforcement agencies have their own terrorism-related units and assist federally sponsored task forces in disrupting and dismantling domestic and international terrorist plots all over the country.

Through their law enforcement experience, from the local to federal levels, the Criminal Justice instructors of AAU provide you with a unique insight into law enforcement and the investigation of terrorist crimes. They have frontline experience which complements the academic side of learning with real world examples, expert views on terrorism and how to address it within the Criminal Justice field.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

By George Ackerman, PhD
AAU, Department of Criminal Justice

When you have decided to pursue a Criminal Justice degree with Allied American University, you begin by exploring the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system via Intro to Law Enforcement. By examining the history and development of law enforcement, especially within the United States, the course provides a comprehensive review on how it is applied daily in multiple fields and careers.

Students new to the law enforcement field, as well as those who are already in it, can explore its elements and improve critical thinking and academic skills such as writing and public speaking, as well as crucial needs for an agent or officer.

As a police officer, my daily routine and law enforcement activities are described and detailed throughout Intro to Law Enforcement, from patrol to ethics in the field. The course explores the overall law enforcement system and adds value by discussing the three portions of the law enforcement realm and Criminal Justice field including policing, corrections and the courts.

Additionally, my view as a lawyer of the vital aspects of daily law enforcement issues includes standpoints from legal issues, workplace violence and the importance of jurisdiction from the local, state and federal levels of policing. I also discuss possible careers that stem from criminal justice, such as attorney, paralegal, corrections, police officer or sheriff deputy. A career as a federal law enforcement agent can include working within agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

In addition, Intro to Law Enforcement can:

Intro to Law Enforcement is only the beginning of your education. From here you have a multitude of areas and Criminal Justice careers from which to discover your own niche within the field.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Allied American University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Allied American University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” Complete survey methodology is available at

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at
A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.
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Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.
American University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

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