Grand Canyon University Partners with Air University

September 13, 2012



Lisa Noble
                       Bill Jenkins
Grand Canyon University


                      AU's Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative recommends GCU to U.S. airmen
                    looking to obtain a Bachelor's of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management


PHOENIX (Sept. 5, 2012) - United States Airmen now have an opportunity to continue their education and obtain a bachelor's degree through Arizona's premier private, Christian university.

Grand Canyon University's bachelor's of science in public safety and emergency management degree is the latest program open to Airmen who want to turn an associate's degree into a bachelor's degree. To qualify, the airman must have earned an associate's degree of applied sciences in criminal justice or an associate's degree of applied sciences in emergency management.

The Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative (ABC) establishes partnerships with civilian higher-education institutions to offer four-year degree opportunities through distance learning. GCU and other partner universities accept all credits earned through a Community College of the Air Force associate's degree and apply them to a bachelor's degree related to the student's Air Force specialty.

"This partnership is a win-win for both organizations," said Bart Burkert, Executive Vice President of Grand Canyon University. "Airmen can transfer their credits and obtain a bachelor's degree with a private, Christian university that is committed to high-quality instruction and student success. We hope the public safety and emergency management is just the first of many degree program partnerships to come."

Distance learners at GCU benefit from challenging coursework and learn from full-time online instructors who are industry leaders and subject matter experts. In addition, GCU's four-credit-hour courses allow students to complete their degree program efficiently. GCU is a Yellow Ribbon school, providing up to $1,000 per year, per student for any undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral program, which is also matched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in seven colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Theology, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.  The University's curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit