University of Phoenix Announces Interactive Services Agreement With America Online

October 4, 2001

University of Phoenix recently announced a content agreement with America Online where the University will provide educational content to users of several America Online brands. The University of Phoenix is a subsidiary of the Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL).

Under the agreement, customized content from University of Phoenix will be available in education areas across the AOL service, AOL.COM, and Specifically, users of the America Online brands will have access to the University’s leading educational content, including some 20 degree programs in areas such as business and technology, nursing and education. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

University of Phoenix will also provide content for AOL University, including featured degree programs and career development initiatives for America Online employees.

“This agreement highlights the strong commitment to education from both America Online and University of Phoenix,” said Dr. Laura Palmer Noone, President of University of Phoenix. “We began offering our online degree programs around the same time AOL began providing its services and we share over a decade of successful experience in the field. This alliance will offer value and academic opportunity to the AOL member community, both online and on campus.”

Furthermore, she added, “The University of Phoenix’s has over a decade of experience providing online education and Online campus has become the premier provider for distance learning. Partnering with AOL will serve to further provide our students with a seamless online education experience.

“In surveys, AOL members have expressed interest in learning opportunities to further their education or advance their career,” said Dr. Terry Crane, AOL’s Vice President for Education Products. “This agreement with the University of Phoenix brings both our members and employees a increased access to one of the premier providers of education for working adults.”