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Diversity, equity and inclusion at University of Phoenix

Respecting and appreciating our individual uniqueness is important. That’s why we’ve built a university for every kind of student. Our ever-evolving diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) efforts help ensure our entire community feels a sense of belonging with us.

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Chris Lynne

Student Experience

Our work in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging comes from a deep empathy for our students and a culture that we have built over five decades. From education and within the workforce, we are working with others to find real solutions that benefit society and benefit our students.

Chris Lynne

President of University of Phoenix

Our work in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging comes from a deep empathy for our students and a culture that we have built over five decades. From education and within the workforce, we are working with others to find real solutions that benefit society and benefit our students.

Our student body

Our students are remarkable anecdotally. Here’s who they are statistically based on the 2022 Academic Annual Report.

Total degree enrollment

76,000

70.9%

of our students report as women

70.9%

38

is the average student age

38

56%

report as ethnic minorities

59.7%

are first-generation college students

79.8%

are employed while in school

63.1%

have dependents

Demographics

No college – 59.7%

Mother or father attended college – 26.6%

Both attended college – 13.7%

79.8% of our students are employed

22 and under – 7%

23 to 29 – 23%

30 to 39 – 37.5%

40 to 49 – 21.9%

50 and over – 10.6%

63.1% of UOPX students reported claiming dependents

35.15% African-American

​3.2% Asian/Pacific Islander

38.8% Caucasian

17% Hispanic

1.2% Native American/Alaskan​

4.7% Other/Unknown

*For FY23

Female – 70.9%

Male – 29%

Other (Non-binary) – 0.1%

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Let's meet Jamahr Robinson, hailing from Florida. Jamahr attended school while completing the police academy and raising a family with so much going on. He nearly quit on multiple occasions, but he credits support from his academic counselor and a host of online resources with helping him reach graduation. Over to you, Jamahr. Thanks for the introduction, Alex. As a hard working father and husband, I've always stood on the principle of putting my family first. However, in order to accomplish having a successful career, I knew I needed a university and would have my back the way my family always does. The University of Phoenix did exactly that. In fact, the enrollment process was easy and I was supported by a knowledgeable and experienced academic counselor who helped me to evaluate my short term and long term goals to complete my program. I quickly understood that nothing is unachievable, not even having a complicated work schedule or a busy home life. My academic counselor always had a solution. The online academic platform also provided access to a lot of resources, tools and services wherever and whenever I needed it. For example, the University of Phoenix has an online student library where you can get access to numerous peer scholar materials, digital textbooks, research articles. You can even get connected to an online tutor that can assist you with a specific subject area. Two of my favorite features in the online portal for students are the 24 hour tech support and a selection of online student communities that you can join to connect with other pieces in your program. The University of Phoenix has allowed me to enhance my career tremendously without missing important parts of my family life. In fact, while I attended the University of Phoenix, I was able to continue working in my career as a police officer in my local community, all while welcoming my newborn son into the world. You see, it doesn't matter which manager you choose or how busy your life is. The University of Phoenix will be with you while you are in pursuit of your academic goals. Trust me, I know this because I'm a Phoenix. Back to you, Alex. Thanks for sharing your story. You are academic advisors clearly help students stay connected to the university wherever they are, and the support doesn't stop there. Students also have access to financial advisors who can help find ways to save time and money on a degree throughout their educational journey. Thanks for sharing.

ALUMNUS JAHMAR ROBINSON

1:1 student support

Jahmar had a support team available up to 14 hours a day, five days a week. Our academic counselors are with you every step of the way and have earned a 5-star rating from 85% of our surveyed students. [1]

[1] Transactional Survey, September 2022-August 2023 (23,739 respondents)

 

“I knew I needed a university who would have my back, the way my family always does.”

Jahmar Robinson
BSCPSS 2021

Frequently asked questions about DEIB

Equity in education ensures every student and faculty member receives the resources and tools they need to be successful. Equity, as opposed to equality, means providing opportunities that consider and address the disadvantages faced by underrepresented students. 

According to Achieving the Dream’s equity statement, examples of underrepresented students include, but are not limited to: 

  • Adult students
  • First-generation, low-income, students of color
  • Formerly and currently incarcerated students 
  • Foster care youth 
  • Marginalized orientations, gender identities and intersex students
  • Students with dependents 
  • Students with disabilities 
  • Students with second-language backgrounds
  • Undocumented students
  • Veterans

Equity in education is important because it aims to remove systemic barriers that students from underrepresented communities face in accessing higher education and determining their own paths to success. 

By eliminating structural inequities, each student receives the necessary support and resources for success. As a result, a student’s identity is no longer a deciding factor in their academic achievement. 

According to the National Equity Project, providing equity in education involves developing leaders who can transform educational institutions by: 

  • Discovering and cultivating each student’s unique gifts, talent and interests. 
  • Eliminating inequitable practices, examining biases and creating inclusive environments.
  • Making sure success and failure are no longer determined by a student’s identity.

University of Phoenix places emphasis on educational access and career readiness. Through open enrollment, we strive to serve an ethnically, economically, gender and age-diverse profile. We have many teams working to ensure all students have access to the resources they need. Our teams include: 

  • A Career Services Team
  • A Tribal Operations Team
  • Office of Military and Veteran Affairs
  • Student Financial Services 
  • Recognized Student Organizations
  • Office of Educational Equity 

According to the American Council on Education, diversity in education is important because the country’s racial and ethnic composition has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Beyond race and ethnicity, a society's diversity can be shaped by a variety of other factors. Among other variables, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and disability are all factors to consider.

Diversity has many advantages in education and the workplace, such as increased productivity, creativity and cultural competency. If we want our nation to stay economically and socially healthy, all citizens should have equal access to resources that can help them succeed. 

For more information, read our article about why college diversity matters

Questions for the Office of Educational Equity?

Additional DEIB resources

The Center for Workplace Diversity

University of Phoenix Careers

Employee Resource Groups

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