EDUCATION: Argosy University


Argosy University is a for-profit university owned by Education Management Corporation, with 19 locations in 13 US states and online. The university offers numerous programs at various levels, including certification; associates, bachelors, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees, postdoctoral specialization, postgraduate concentrations, etc. Programs vary by campus.

Argosy University was formed in 2001 by the merging of three separate academic institutions: the American Schools of Professional Psychology, the University of Sarasota, and the Medical Institute of Minnesota. Dr. James Otten was named the founding President.

The American Schools of Professional Psychology began as the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP). The ISPP was founded in the early 1970s by Dr. Michael C. Markovitz and a group of psychologists, educators, and other professionals who called for a clinical psychology degree that emphasized teaching and practical training over the research-oriented approach of the traditional PhD degree. After buying out his cofounders, Markovitz added additional campuses, forming what then became known as The American Schools of Professional Psychology.

The University of Sarasota had for more than 30 years offered degree programs in business and education to working adults through a delivery format that mixed distance learning and brief, intensive on-campus study periods.

The Medical Institute of Minnesota was established in 1961 to prepare allied health care personnel for careers in the booming medical technology fields.

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