Expanding Access to Quality, Affordable Education

John F. Kennedy University Introduces JFKu Online Powered by FlexCourse℠

FlexCourse offers flexible-paced, faculty-supported online degree programs for $8,500 a year that align with JFK University’s current offerings; Programs in business, psychology and general studies represent a significant expansion in online education to better serve adult learners

Pleasant Hill, Calif.—July 9, 2018 —To further expand access to a quality, affordable education, John F. Kennedy University is introducing a highly acclaimed teaching and learning platform, FlexCourse℠, that offers faculty-supported, flexible-paced affordable accredited online degree programs that incorporate ongoing learning assessments to demonstrate and ensure student mastery of concepts. JFKu Online, Powered by FlexCourse, will initially offer up to four degree programs including business, management and psychology, with the inaugural class scheduled to start in September. The online programs, which are designed to be offered at annual tuition as low as $8,500, align with the private, nonprofit University’s offerings and represent a significant expansion in the online education sector.

FlexCourse comes from a combination of acclaimed technological assets and programs developed by UniversityNow, which were acquired by the private, nonprofit San Diego-based National University System, and enhancements and customization by NUS developers. John F. Kennedy University is the first System affiliate to integrate FlexCourse, through JFKu Online. The teaching and learning platform incorporates data-driven features that allow faculty to engage with students one-on-one, and supports students where they are at in their learning journeys by providing them with relevant activities and learning resources.

“We are so pleased to be the first affiliate to introduce FlexCourse through JFKu Online, which allows students the flexibility to pursue their educational goals at their own pace through this innovative, faculty-driven online teaching and learning platform,” said John F. Kennedy University President Debra Bean. “We are proud to be able to offer students this modern platform that provides highly-affordable educational opportunities to adult learners in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.”

Programs that have been approved for offering through JFKu Online Powered by FlexCourse include: an MBA; and a Bachelor’s in Psychology; and a Bachelor’s in Management. The University is also planning on offering an Associate of Arts in General Studies. For more information, please visit the recently re-launched John F. Kennedy University website: www.jfku.edu.

“Our nation’s economy and future success will be driven by how well higher education can provide greater access to an affordable, quality education for an increasingly diverse student population,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System. “Through FlexCourse, the National University System is uniquely positioned to expand access to highly personalized online programs that offer students a ‘high tech, high touch and high choice’ academic experience while addressing the notion of learning any time, any place and any pace, starting at our affiliate John F. Kennedy University.”
The platform’s broad capabilities, which will be extended through the National University System, include stackable degree curriculums; a fully asynchronous and faculty-driven delivery model; integration of e-textbooks; and an interactive learning environment to increase engagement.

With this addition, John F. Kennedy University has the opportunity to explore further integration of current and future online degree programs that align with its academic offerings. Students currently using the platform also have the opportunity to continue their education through John F. Kennedy University with an expanding educational team that includes familiar faculty, student advisors and staff who have joined JFKu Online Powered by FlexCourse.

President Bean noted that the integration of JFKu Online Powered by FlexCourse will help John F. Kennedy University fulfill its Strategic Plan to grow and fulfill its mission of supporting students in making a difference by preparing them to make an impact in their families and communities and the wider world.

About John F. Kennedy University
For over 50 years, John F. Kennedy University, a nonprofit affiliate of the National University System, has offered undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs that prepare individuals for career success while also engaging the student in personal growth through a commitment to service. Today, the University’s three Colleges provide innovative higher education opportunities to 1,200 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit www.jfku.edu.

About the National University System
The National University System is a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions serving higher education and K-12 students that includes National University, John F. Kennedy University, City University of Seattle, and the Division of Pre-College Programs. Established in 2001 to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st Century, the network’s complementary universities offer pathways for students to attain professional and terminal degrees through quality and innovative programs delivered in a format that is flexible to the needs of adult learners. The System also includes the three Sanford Programs – Sanford Harmony; Sanford Inspire; and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy – which are based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, and align with efforts to support educators and the nonprofit sector. https://www.nusystem.org/