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Peirce College Boasts Highest National Minority Enrollment in Online Bachelors' Degrees


Peirce College Boasts Highest National Minority Enrollment in Online Bachelors' Degrees

PHILADELPHIA, June 17, 2015 -- Peirce College, a 150-year-old non-profit Philadelphia college focused on serving the needs of adult learners, has been ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for having the highest percentage of minorities enrolled in an online bachelor’s degree program.

In a June 16 analysis of data from nearly 300 colleges and universities, Peirce tops the chart with 76 percent of students pursuing online coursework reporting to be either Hispanic, black, indigenous, Asian, Polynesian or multiracial.

Peirce College’s large population of minority online undergraduates counters the national trend. A recent study by Aslanian Market Research and The Learning House, Inc. says nearly 70 percent of the nation’s online students are white.

“Peirce College has embraced diversity and inclusion and is committed to creating an environment that provides access to employer-valued education for all students,” said President and CEO James J. Mergiotti. “Our interchangeable course delivery format eliminates many of the obstacles faced by adult learners, allowing students of all ages and backgrounds to reach their full potential and be successful in the workplace.”

Peirce’s students are working adults who balance their academic, professional and personal responsibilities, making an online class more attractive to their schedules. To that end, beginning this fall with two degree programs and then rolling out across the rest of the curriculum over the next year, Peirce students can decide from week to week whether to attend their classes in person or online as part of the College’s unique flexible delivery format. Peirce is the first institution in the Philadelphia region – and among the first in the nation – to roll out this adaptable environment over its entire curriculum.

“Peirce has fully committed to breaking down barriers toward degree completion for all students,” said Vice President of Academic Advancement Rita J. Toliver-Roberts, Ed.D. “Peirce’s seamless integration of online and on campus courses is the only way that many of our students can make education fit into their busy lives, so we will continue to encourage all of our students to take advantage of the class environment that best fits their lives.”

As a major supporter of Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s education efforts, Peirce was one of the first schools in the region to participate in the Returning to Learning Partnership program, providing City of Philadelphia employees and their families with a 25 percent tuition discount. By partnering with major local employers, the College plays a large role in training the region’s workforce and positively impacting the local economy.

“Peirce College has long served the diverse needs of its students, no matter their race, age or background. With flexible degree programs focused on meeting the demands of the 21st century workforce, Peirce prepares Philadelphians for future careers,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to thank Peirce College for supporting its students throughout the post-secondary learning process, both in class and online, especially minority students who are frequently underserved.”

About Peirce College
In 2015, Peirce College celebrates 150 years dedicated to providing higher education to working adults. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Peirce will host a year-long series of events surrounding the theme, "Many Years, One Purpose." Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Legal Studies and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in thee hart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults, many of whom work full time and are raising families. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). Additionally select programs are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs the American Bar Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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