Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University Enters into Alliance Agreement with AICPCU and the Insurance Institute of America

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of post-secondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, announced today that Ashford University has entered into an alliance agreement with the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU) and the Insurance Institute of America (The Institutes).

Through the agreement, insurance industry professionals who have taken approved coursework through The Institutes will receive credit which may be applicable toward a bachelor's degree from Ashford University. Additionally, students may be able to transfer up to 59 semester credits and apply previously taken coursework toward a concentration in Insurance and Risk Management.

"Ashford University is proud to be able to add value to the extensive training insurance professionals have participated in through the AICPCU and the Insurance Institute of America. This partnership will allow thousands of insurance professionals, who have already been proactive in their education, to use the training toward earning a college degree which, in many cases, is necessary for advancement within their organizations," said Dr. Jane McAuliffe, chief academic officer for Bridgepoint Education.

"Many people have chosen to get insurance industry-specific knowledge from the AICPCU and The Institutes, only to decide later they want to earn a traditional degree. Ashford University offers people a way to earn a traditional degree in an untraditional way. Our agreement with Ashford University enables our students and graduates to leverage their achievements with us into a degree program they want," said Connor Harrison, director of Custom Products for the AICPCU. "Ashford makes college credit transfer easy, painless, and oftentimes free."

For more information on this agreement, please visit: or call 800.575.0564. 

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations, at 858/513-9240 x2513.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.

About The Institutes

The Institutes is the leader in delivering proven knowledge solutions that drive powerful business results for the risk management and property-casualty insurance industry. Institute knowledge solutions include the CPCU designation program; associate designation programs in areas such as claims, risk management, underwriting, and reinsurance; introductory and foundation programs; online courses; research; custom solutions and assessment tools.