General Information - Amberton University
Amberton University is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher learning. Since 1971, Amberton has designed its programs around the needs of the mature, working adult who seeks to benefit from a relevant, affordable, and vibrant educational experience.
The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the U.S. Department of Education. Amberton University is authorized to operate educational programs beyond secondary education, including certificate and degree programs. Amberton University is an approved SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) institution and a member of the regional compact SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) Electronic Campus.
In order to enroll, students must be mature adults, with employment experience, and have successfully completed work at an accredited, United States college/university. Complete information regarding university policies, admission, transfer of credit, enrollment, student services, and program and course offerings may be found on the Amberton website: www.Amberton.edu. Quick links to these topics and others are listed below. For assistance, please contact an advisor at 972/279-6511 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All degrees listed may be completed on-line without any on-campus attendance.
Distance Learning Degrees
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science
Human Relations & Business
Master of Arts
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science
Human Relations & Business
Human Resource Training and Development
Academic Advising and Assistance
Advisors are available to help with academic and financial advising. Advisors are also trained to help distance learners apply for admission, select a degree plan, and enroll for courses. Visit with our advisors in person, by phone (972/279-6511) or email (email@example.com). No appointment is necessary to speak to an advisor.
Admission requirements for undergraduates and graduates are listed on the Admission page. To apply for admission, please complete the Application for Admission Form. For assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For financial information, please see the Financial Information Page. Tuition is the same for undergraduate and graduate students and on-campus and on-line students. All students, whether Texas residents or out-of-state, pay the same rate of $250 per credit hour ($750.00 per course.) Amberton University’s tuition is among the lowest in the nation.
Information concerning the University’s payment plans and financial aid can be found on the Financial Information Page.
Amberton University offers four, ten-week sessions per year.
For a listing of the current session’s offerings, please see the Schedule of Classes. Amberton University makes every effort to offer courses as listed in the Schedule of Classes. Should course cancellations occur, advisors will contact students prior to the session start date through email, phone call and/or in writing. Advisors will assist students in selecting other course(s).
Registration begins approximately six weeks prior to the starting date of each session. Instructions for enrolling in classes are located on the Registration Information page.
Amberton University provides the same level of student services to both on-campus and distance-learning students. See the Student Services Page for a listing of services. Amberton University is designed for the working adult. The facility and services offered accommodate students who can function in the workplace. While the absence of federal and state funds limits the special services the University can provide to students with disabilities, Amberton will continue to reasonably accommodate its students.
Amberton University has a physical library on campus as well as a comprehensive electronic library for student use. Through the electronic library, students may search the print and digital book holdings, view online journals, and access thousands of academic and peer-reviewed resources. For more information on the Library Resource Center and its services, see the Library Services page.
Amberton University uses the Moodle Learning Management System for its distance learning courses and programs. An instructional tutorial on how to use Moodle is available to each Amberton student. A student choosing to take an on-line course must have the following skills and technical capabilities:
- Dependable Internet access
- An e-mail address
- General knowledge of Internet browser settings and configurations, email, file attachments, uploading and downloading files
- Competency in use of word processing software, such as Microsoft Word, to prepare and properly format documents. Some courses require the use of a spreadsheet package, such as Microsoft Excel.
- Ability to conduct on-line academic research
- Access to computing resources (desktop, laptop, tablet) providing reliable access. Computing systems should be equipped with sufficient resources (document processing packages, spreadsheet software, virus checker, etc.) to meet course requirements.
Requirements for examinations, as well as assignments required in distance-learning courses, are variable and determined by the individual professors. Examination requirements are listed in the course syllabus and in the course outline in Moodle. There are no on-campus requirements for examinations.
All course syllabi list the required textbook and materials needed for a course. The student may order course materials through any source (online, local bookstores, etc.) or s/he may order through the online bookstore link located on the Amberton website.
Amberton University is pleased to offer the official Amberton University Virtual Bookstore through an agreement with eCampus.com. The AU Virtual Bookstore has an easy to use interface, online buyback of books and a variety of shipping options designed to get your books to you as efficiently as possible.
Whatever source used, students should be certain that the materials obtained are the same as the materials listed in the syllabus. Checking to see that the ISBN identifiers are the same is one way of verifying the materials.
Complaints and Appeal Procedures
Amberton University has established formal policies and procedures to handle written student complaints and appeals. Generally, the policies encourage students to resolve concerns at the initial level of concern when possible, such as working with the faculty member to resolve an academic issue.
A student who feels that s/he has been improperly treated concerning finances, grading, registration, or any other student service, has the right to file a grievance to correct the wrong. The following procedure shall be followed in filing a grievance:
1. First, whenever possible, the matter in question should be discussed directly with the person causing the grievance. Every effort should be made to resolve the grievance on a one-on-one basis. If the grievance concerns a grade earned in a class, the student must understand that s/he cannot challenge the judgment of the instructor but only the accuracy of the grade and/or fact.
2. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the one-on-one effort (or the student does not know who the specific individual is who caused the grievance), the student may contact the appropriate administrator for assistance (Vice President for Academic Services for academic-related appeals; Vice President for Administrative Services for student services and financial appeals). The appeal to an administrator must be in writing.
- The student’s written appeal should be explicit and include any support materials.
- The University will respond to all written appeals and include them as a part of institutional records.
- All appeals will be processed expeditiously.
3. If the student is dissatisfied with the solution proposed by the administration, the student may appeal, in writing, to the President. The student may include additional information or facts in the written appeal. The President may make a final decision immediately or elect to form a grievance-hearing committee to consider the appeal. The committee, if appointed, will review all written documentation and forward their recommendation to the President, whose decision shall be final.
All student grievances must first be addressed internally. If the internal resources have been exhausted and the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, the student may file a complaint with the:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
College Readiness and Success Division
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, Texas 78711-2788
Procedures for grievances and complaints regarding a course or program can be found on the Student Life and Conduct Page, along with ethical standards and students’ rights. This information is also found in the Student Handbook located within the University’s Catalog.