Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., and Provost of Army University Maj. Gen. John Kem signed an agreement on July 13 for the two schools to seek collaborative solutions to address military-civilian educational issues that are in the best interest of providing a world-class educational experience for all military service members. The signing took place at Army University headquarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
The agreement includes the potential to negotiate other joint partnership opportunities, possible mutually beneficial research initiatives, a pledge to develop a reciprocal “visiting” professor exchange between the universities and opportunities to collaborate on symposiums and other similar events.
“We think this agreement will make a difference in the lives of enlisted personnel,” Gunderson said. Added Kirby Brown, deputy to the commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, “Any change that makes education more efficient and more effective for the soldier is huge.”
Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Park has a long history of serving those who have dedicated much of their lives to serving our country. The University and the U.S. military have enjoyed an educational partnership that stretches more than 90 years. Park, which has its flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., currently has 40 campuses nationwide — including 33 on military installations across the country — and it will open its 41st campus in Lenexa, Kan., when classes begin Monday, Aug. 14. The master’s degree program at Army University’s Command and General Staff College is also accredited by the HLC.