2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Mission, Vision, History and Affiliations


Core Values That Guide Our Actions

  • We expect ACCOUNTABILITY for our actions at all levels, to each other and to Park University.
  • We treat all with CIVILITY and RESPECT while being open and honest in our communication.
  • We seek EXCELLENCE in all we do, with passionate learning as our highest priority.
  • We celebrate GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP through our connected learning and working environment, liberal arts education and community stewardship.
  • We embrace INCLUSIVITY that fosters diversity, teamwork and collaboration.
  • We act with INTEGRITY through honesty, efficiency and reliability.

Mission Statement

Park University transforms lives through accessible, student-centered, quality higher education.

Vision Statement

Park University will meet learners’ needs for a lifetime.

History of Park University

Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Park University has developed into a comprehensive, independent institution that is a national leader in higher education. In 2000, Park achieved university status and now serves 16,500 students annually at 41 campus centers in 21 states and online, including 35 campuses at military installations across the country. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and dedicates itself to affordability, innovation and quality.

Serving an ethnically diverse student population and nontraditional adult learners has, for many years, been central to Park’s educational mission. Even in its first year, the University enrolled women students as well as men, something that was unusual at the time; and two of the original 17 students were Native Americans. Park was also an early integrator when it welcomed African-American students to live in Park’s residence halls in the 1950s. Park has educated generations of students from diverse backgrounds providing affordable access to a private university education.

Park University’s flagship Parkville Campus is situated high on a bluff commanding an inspiring view of the Missouri River, which sweeps in a broad bend around the quiet community of Parkville. To the south and southeast, the skyline of downtown Kansas City, Mo., is visible. The 700-acre campus is a site of breathtaking natural beauty with woodlands, waterfalls and wildflowers.

Steeped in history, one can almost sense the presence of former Parkites who assisted in constructing many of the Parkville Campus buildings. Mackay Hall, on the National Register of Historic Places, houses administrative offices as well as classrooms. Construction began in 1886 with students quarrying stone from the surrounding land and carrying it to the site, building the structure as a means of earning their tuition. With its clock tower overlooking the residence halls, classrooms and other more modern facilities around it, Mackay is the symbol of Park University.

You can still work to help pay for your Park University education, and there is still a Park family atmosphere. This is the part of the University we can’t put on a map or show on a tour, yet it is as much a part of Park as the buildings and the landscape. This is friendliness, helpfulness, caring and concern for one another. It transcends race, religion, gender, cultures and income bracket. It is known as the Park Spirit.

Park University is committed to being one of the finest institutions in the nation, providing quality education in a wholesome environment for all students, including traditional and nontraditional full-time students on the historic Parkville Campus, and fully employed, full-time and part-time students on campus centers across the nation. And Park prides itself in its long-standing partnership with the U.S. military, and it is recognized as one of the largest providers of online undergraduate education to the armed forces.

Parkville and Kansas City

Park University calls Parkville, Mo., and the Greater Kansas City area home, offering students both small-town life and the flashing lights of a big city. With a population of more than 5,000, Parkville allows students the small-town lifestyle and tightly knit community often times associated with smaller universities. The Kansas City metropolitan area, the 29th largest in the U.S. with an estimated population just more than 2 million, provides numerous entertainment and shopping options, along with excellent opportunities for student employment in industries, businesses and agencies throughout the region.

Parkville is ideally located in the Heart of America, just 10 minutes northwest of downtown Kansas City, Mo., and 15 minutes south of Kansas City International Airport. Just minutes away are tradition-rich barbeque spots and professional sports venues, recreational activities, performing arts, museums, galleries, theaters and parks, making the Kansas City area one of the hottest tourist destinations in the country.

Accreditation

Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604 (800-621-7440).

The undergraduate and graduate business and public administration programs and the Master of Healthcare Administration program in the School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS, 66213 (913-339-9356). The B.S. in Economics degree is not considered to be a business program and is not accredited by ACBSP.

The State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO, 65102 (573-751-3469) has officially approved the academic standards of Park University for teacher education and other school professional programs.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and the Master of Social Work (MSW) are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

The Master of Public Administration Program is pursuing accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), 1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC, 200051029. Applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted. Accreditation documents are available for review upon request in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Park University
8700 NW River Park Drive, Box 5
Parkville, MO 64152-3795
Phone:(816) 584-6355
Fax: (816) 741-5578
Email: academic_affairs@park.edu

The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Park University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Licensure Disclaimer: Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state. If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state in order to be eligible for a license. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion. If you are interested in professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.

Higher Education Agency Information and Authorizations

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Arizona

Park is authorized to operate by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Keith Blanchard
Deputy Director/Investigator
1740 W. Adams
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-542-5769
Keith.blanchard@azppse.gov
https://ppse.az.gov/complaint

The Arizona State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Arizona. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://dvs.az.gov/services/education.

Arkansas

Park is exempt from certification under the rules and regulations implemented under Arkansas Code Annotated §6-61-301.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Arkansas Department of Higher Education
423 Main Street, STE 400
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3818
501-371-2000
https://www.adhe.edu/students-parents/colleges-universites/student-grievance-form/

The Arkansas State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Arkansas. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://www.arcareereducation.org/.

California 

Park is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
916-431-6924
https://www.bppe.ca.gov/about_us/contact.shtml
http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

The California State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for California. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://www.calvet.ca.gov/csaave.

Georgia 

Park is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.  By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, GA, 30084
770-414-3300
gnpec.georgia.gov/gnpec-student-complaint-rules

The Georgia State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Georgia. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://veterans.georgia.gov/.

Idaho 

Park is authorized to operate by the Idaho State Board of Education. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Idaho State Board of Education. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Val Fenske
State Coordinator for Private Colleges & Proprietary Schools Idaho State Board of Education
650 West State Street, (PO Box 83720)
Boise, ID 83720-0037
Main Office: 208-334-2270
Direct line: 208-332-1587
valerie.fenske@osbe.idaho.gov
https://boardofed.idaho.gov/higher-education-private/private-colleges-degree-granting/student-complaint-procedures/

The Idaho State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Idaho. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at http://www.veterans.idaho.gov/.

Illinois   

Park is exempt from reporting to the Illinois Board of Higher Education per 23 Ill. Admin. Code 1030.10(c)(5)(A) as Park University is operating in Illinois exclusively on Air Force Base.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Illinois Board of Higher Education at http://complaints.ibhe.org/. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 North Old State Capitol Plaza
Suite 333
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377
217-782-2551

The Illinois State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Illinois. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://www2.illinois.gov/veterans/Pages/default.aspx.

Kansas

Park is authorized to operate by the Kansas Board of Regents. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Kansas Board of Regents.  By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please see:

https://www.kansasregents.org/academic_affairs/private_out_of_state/complaint_process

OR

Private/Out-of-State Postsecondary Education
1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 430-4240

The Kansas State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Kansas. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://www.kcva.ks.gov/.

Massachusetts

Park is authorized to operate by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education complaint information. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request.

One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
617-994-6950
617-994-6963
https://www.mass.edu/about/staffdirectory.asp
http://www.mass.edu/forstufam/complaints/complaints.asp

The Massachusetts State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Massachusetts. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://www.mass.edu/forstufam/veterans/home.asp.

Missouri 

Park is exempt from reporting to the Missouri Department of Higher Education (“MDHE”) as a private, not-for-profit institution. Regardless, Park does report the MDHE as a good-faith showing of its compliance with relevant laws and regulations. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the MDHE complaint information. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469
573-751-2361
https://dhe.mo.gov/contactus.php

The Missouri State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Missouri. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://dese.mo.gov/adult-learning-rehabilitation-services/veterans-education.

Montana

Park is authorized to operate by the Montana University System. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Montana University System.  Individuals with complaints regarding institutions that are operating in Montana, but are not part of the Montana University System, have the following options:

  • Utilize the internal complaint processes of the applicable institution.
  • Complaints concerning consumer protection violations should be directed to the Montana Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection. https://dojmt.gov/consumer/consumer-complaints/
  • Complaints concerning proper licensure under Montana law (see Board of Regents’ Policy 221), including, if applicable, complaints related to State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement standards, may be directed to the Montana University System Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, 2500 Broadway PO Box 203201, Helena, Montana 59620-3201, 406-444-6570; http://mus.edu/che/arsa/StateAuthorization/Students.asp
  • Complaints concerning broad institutional academic practices, such as those that raise issues regarding the institution’s ability to meet accreditation standards may be directed to the applicable institution’s accrediting agency.

By filing a complaint with the state higher education board, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
560 N. Park Avenue
PO Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
http://www.mus.edu

Montana Department of Justice
Office of Consumer Protection
2225 11th Avenue
PO Box 200151
Helena, MT 59620-0151
http://www.doj.mt.gov/consumer/

The Montana State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Montana. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://opi.mt.gov/Families-Students/Student-Resources/Veterans-Adult-Education.

New Mexico

Park is authorized to operate by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the New Mexico Higher Education Department. By filing a complaint with the state higher education board, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

New Mexico Higher Education Department
2044 Galisteo Street, Suite 4
Santa Fe, NM  87505-2100
505-476-8400
HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us
http://www.hed.state.nm.us/students/hed-student-complaint-form.aspx

The New Mexico State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for New Mexico. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at http://www.hed.state.nm.us/.

North Carolina

Park is exempt from reporting to the NC Board of Governors per G.S. 116-15(e).

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the NC Board of Governors. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
studentcomplaint@northcarolina.edu
https://www.northcarolina.edu/complaints

The North Carolina State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for North Carolina. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at http://www.northcarolina.edu/academic-affairs/nc-state-approving-agency-ncsaa.

North Dakota

Park is authorized to operate by the North Dakota University System. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the North Dakota University System. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Cheryl Thompson, M.S.Ed.
Outreach Manager, Core Technology Services of the North Dakota University System
2000 44th St. SW, Suite 301
Fargo, ND 58103
stateauth@ndus.edu
https://ndus.edu/state-authorization-sara/

The North Dakota State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for North Dakota. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at http://www.nd.gov/veterans/benefits/state-approving-agency.

Ohio

Park holds Certificate of Authorization by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Ohio Board of Regents. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Matt Exline
25 S Front St., Columbus, OH 43215
mexline@regents.state.oh.us
614-728-3095
https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/complaints

The Ohio State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Ohio. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at http://dvs.ohio.gov/main/state-approving-agency.html.

Oklahoma

Park is authorized to operate by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405.225.9100
communicationsdepartment@osrhe.edu
https://www.okhighered.org/current-college-students/complaints.shtml

The Oklahoma State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Oklahoma. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at http://www.ok.gov/saa/.

South Carolina

Park is exempt from reporting to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
(803) 737-2260
https://www.che.sc.gov/AboutCHE/ContactUs/StaffContactInformation.aspx
https://www.che.sc.gov/Students,FamiliesMilitary/LearningAboutCollege/ConsumerInformation.aspx

The South Carolina State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for South Carolina. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at http://www.che.sc.gov/.

Tennessee

Park is authorized to operate by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  If the complaint is not resolved at the institutional level, students may send the complaint, in writing, to Postsecondary State Authorization Staff.  By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Julie Woodruff
Tennessee Higher Education Commission & Student Assistance Corporation
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243
Julie.Woodruff@tn.gov
(615) 253-8857

The Tennessee State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Tennessee. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://www.tn.gov/thec.

Texas

Park is authorized to operate by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board College
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, Texas 78711-2788
Studentcomplaints@thecb.state.tx.us
512-427-6101
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=989FE9A0-2213-11E8-BC500050560100A9

The Texas State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Texas. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at http://www.tvc.texas.gov/tvc/education-home.aspx.

Utah

Park is authorized to operate by the Utah Department of Commerce. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Utah Division of Consumer Protection
Attn. Complaint Processor
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6704
801-530-6601
http://www.dcp.utah.gov/
http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/complaints/index.html

The Utah State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Utah. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://veterans.utah.gov/academic-institutions/.

Virginia

Park is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Virginia State Council of Higher Education. By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 N. 14th St., 10th Floor
James Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219 - 3659
804-225-2600
http://www.schev.edu/index/students-and-parents/resources/student-complaints/student-complaint-form.

The Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Virginia. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office via email saa@dvs.virginia.gov.

Washington 

Park University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (the Council) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Park University to offer specific degree programs.

The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov.

Regarding complaints, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s). However, students may appeal to the Washington Student Achievement Council.  By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502
complaints@wsac.wa.gov
https://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints

For information and resources about student loan repayment, or to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit www.wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at loanadvocate@wsac.wa.gov.

The Washington State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Washington. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://www.wsac.wa.gov/saa.

Wyoming

Park is authorized to operate by the Wyoming Department of Education. This agency may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization does not carry with it an endorsement of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the agency at the information below.

Regarding complaints against Park, for all students, it is highly recommended that you attempt to resolve your grievance at the institutional level using the processes defined on Park’s website and catalog(s).  However, students may appeal to the Wyoming Department of Education.  By doing so, the student under no circumstances will suffer any adverse actions by Park University. Additionally, staff will provide information regarding powers, duties, responsibilities and credentials at Park University upon request. Please contact:

2300 Capitol Ave.
Cheyenne, WY, 82001
307-777-6210
307-777-7673
wde-communications@wyo.gov
https://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/schools/student-complaint-process.pdf https://edu.wyoming.gov/blog/2018/12/06/student-complaint-form/

The Wyoming State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Wyoming. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office at https://edu.wyoming.gov/.

 

Memberships

Park University is an institutional member of the following:

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Midwest Conference
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Association for Continuing Higher Education
  • Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (founding member)
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers International
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • Association of Veterans Education Certifying Officials
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Council of College and Military Educators
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri
  • International Association of Schools and Institutions of Administration
  • Kansas City Professional Development Association
  • Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Missouri College Relations Committee
  • Missouri Colleges Fund
  • Missouri League for Nursing
  • Missouri Professors of Educational Administration
  • NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • NASPAA-The Global Standard in Public Service Education
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • National Association of International Educators
  • National Association of Veterans Program Administrators
  • National College and University Business Officers
  • National Hispanic Institute
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Society of Leadership Success
  • North American Association of Summer Sessions
  • Study Missouri
  • Texas Association of Collegiate Veterans Program Officials

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Park University is committed to equality in employment in all personnel matters, both academic and non-academic areas. Park University shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, and veteran status. The University will follow procedures to prohibit discrimination in accordance with appropriate legal principles, including, but not limited to, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries or concerns may be directed to the Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer.

Diversity Statement

Park University is committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting talented employees with diverse backgrounds, talents, skills and experiences. At Park University, diversity encompasses a variety of characteristics, lifestyles, and perspectives. The University firmly believes this diversity is essential to enhancing the quality of service to its students, to meeting the needs and goals of its learners, and to ensuring the personal satisfaction of its employees and the Park University community.

Physically Inaccessible Classrooms

Park University takes seriously its commitment to removing educational barriers and providing accessible facilities to all students, employees, and visitors. Due to its historic campus, the University has a limited number of classrooms that are only accessible by staircase. These rooms include the following: Lower level of the Chapel, Alumni Hall 3rd floor, Herr House (except limited first floor access), and Dearing (except first floor). The University encourages all students to check schedules for classroom assignments as soon as possible to determine the location of their classrooms, and whether they have any concerns about the accessibility of the assigned classroom. Students who have accessibility concerns due to a documented physical or mobility-related disability should contact Disability Services, Ms. Florenda Jarrard, Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, (816) 584-6313 or disabilityservices@park.edu. The University encourages students to notify Disability Services as early as possible to allow the University the opportunity to provide appropriate accommodations prior to the start of classes.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Park University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion and age in employment, and in its admission, education, programs, and activities of students under state and federal law, including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Title IX specifically prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex. Park University will not tolerate sex discrimination or harassment of applicants, students, or employees, whether by students, faculty, staff, administrators, contractors, or outside vendors. Park University recognizes not only its legal responsibilities but also its moral and ethical responsibilities to prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex and to take appropriate and timely action to ensure an environment free of such inappropriate conduct and behavior. Additionally, Park University will not tolerate retaliation in any form against an applicant, student, or employee for reporting a violation of this policy or assisting in the investigation of a complaint. Inquiries or concerns about the Non-Discrimination Policy may be directed to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources or the Dean of Students.

Corporate and Organization Partners

For more than 140 years, Park University has remained committed to its motto, Fides et Labor (Faith and Work). By fostering partnerships with companies and organizations across the United States, Park not only expands the scope of internships available to its students and job opportunities to its alumni but also interacts with industry leaders to ensure its curriculum remains relevant in a rapidly changing, globally interconnected world.

Some of the top employers in the country hire Park University graduates. Park University offers services which prepare students for their career search and facilitate employer-student engagement including job postings, site visits and job fairs.

The Park Partners program, launched officially on July 1, 2015, is designed to create mutually beneficial relationships, which fulfill career services, corporate philanthropy, leadership and professional development, and networking objectives. As companies and organizations seek to recruit, retain and develop talent necessary to compete in today’s global marketplace, they seek multifaceted partnerships with dynamic academic institutions.

Park University thanks the many organizations and industry leaders which hire our graduates, provide internships to our students, contribute volunteer service on a University board or council and/or provide major philanthropic support.