Ashford University is one of the reputed Universities of United States. It is a for-profit University. It’s main headquarter is located in San Diego, California, U.S. Initially, the University was established as the ‘Mount St. Clare Academy’ in the year 1893. In the year 1918, considering the need for higher education in ‘Clinton County’, the sisters founded ‘Mount St. Clare College’. The college received its first accreditation from ‘the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ in 1950. After accreditation, the school started to expand with the construction of convent building, new gymnasium, new library, the Science Building and Durham Residence Hall. It was in the year 1979 when the college gained approval to operate its four year degree ‘Bachelor’s program in Business Administration’. In the same year, the school merged with ‘St. Mary’s High School’ which formed new ‘Mater Dei High School’. With the merger, the school offered additional four year programs. In the year 1998, ‘the Durgin Educational Center’ was opened with new athletic facilities. The school changed its name to ‘The Franciscan University’ in 2003. The University was accredited by ‘the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)’ in the year 2010. In October 2012, the University appointed ‘Richard Pattenaude’ as a president.
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