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Affordable Degrees on Aisle Six

US News & World Report
By Brian Burnsed
August 24, 2010

Hundreds of Wal-Mart employees have already enrolled in online classes at American Public University via the retail giant's recently announced partnership with the online university. According to online education experts, the partnership could signal the onset of a trend. The deal, which allows Wal-Mart employees to earn degrees at a discounted rate, is the largest of its kind and has piqued the interest of other organizations looking to provide a customized education to their employees. The Los Angeles Police Department recently entered into a similar partnership with APU's sibling institution—American Military University—and even more partnerships may be on the horizon for APU and other online universities. "We are having similar types of discussions," says APU spokesman Brian Muys. "I think that that's certainly pointing to a trend across the industry."

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About American Public University System

American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and five-time recipient of the OLC Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Military University and American Public University. More than 70,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability, and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies. For further information, visit