Northcentral University Selected As FBI National Academy Associates Accredited Online University Education Partner For Affordable Online College Degree Programs

February 16, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Prescott, Arizona — February 16, 2007 — Northcentral University (, a leader in 100% online college degree programs and education, today announced its selection as an educational partner by FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA). Dr. Claudia Santin, President of NCU noted, “NCU is pleased to be chosen as a partner and anticipates serving both current and former law enforcement professionals seeking online college degree programs. We are honored that FBINAA has accorded this distinction to Northcentral University and only six other U.S. colleges and universities.”

FBI National Academy Associates is the alumni association of the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy based in Quantico, VA. Founded in 1935, the FBI Academy has over 38,000 graduates from all 50 states and the six U.S. Territories, as well as from 152 other nations.

Academy students must be nominated to participate and meet rigorous standards for entrance. Over 17,000 Academy graduates are members of the FBI National Academy Associates. The organization selected NCU as an educational partner in furtherance of its core missions—promoting leadership, teamwork and the courage of its members, and their ability to anticipate and effectively respond to global and community law enforcement needs, ensuring the safety of the citizens they serve.

NCU, an accredited online university that offers a number of academic specializations with direct bearing on law enforcement—criminal justice, homeland security, organizational leadership, management information systems, and public administration, for example—provides an excellent institutional fit for FBI National Academy Associates. Graduates of the FBI National Academy may return home with either bachelor’s or master’s level college credit from the University of Virginia only to find that their local college or university would not accept those credits toward a degree. For these law enforcement professionals, NCU is an outstanding choice for continued education because these credits will transfer into NCU academic programs.

According to Mark Willingham, 2005 President of FBI National Academy Associates, “I chose NCU to pursue a Ph.D. in Business and Technology Management with a specialization in Criminal Justice. The reasons I chose NCU are simple. My schedule includes long and often unpredictable days. NCU’s courses are 100% online and do not require that I attend class at set times. Courses start each month, and I can complete courses early to accelerate progress toward earning my degree.”

As a 100 percent accredited online university, NCU already serves as the university of choice for hundreds of law enforcement professionals. Modern law enforcement places a high value on education. A college degree is a requirement in many departments and advanced degrees may be a key factor in promotion to higher ranks, as well as positioning for second careers. Yet, working long hours, odd shifts, nights and weekends in a career where urgency is the stock-in-trade can make attending a traditional college impossible. For this reason, many law officers have found NCU’s convenient, flexible online college degree programs format to be the answer to their dreams. In addition, FBI National Academy Associates members receive tuition grants which keep the cost of education at NCU affordable.

NCU is also a corporate partner of FBINAA, contributing generously to support this important organization in achieving its goals. The University looks forward to participating in FBI National Academy Associates’ National Training Conference and Expo, which will be held in Phoenix this July.

About Northcentral University
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Prescott, Arizona USA, Northcentral University (NCU) is a private, 100% accredited online university serving adult learners worldwide. Learners seeking higher education from a premier university experience the convenience of 100% online distance learning and online college degree programs with NCU’s flexible term format designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. NCU focuses on customizing academic programs to each Learner’s personal and professional interests, and NCU Faculty Mentors provide one-on-one guidance to ensure academic success. For more information on NCU’s online degree programs, call 866-776-0331 or visit