Bill Brooks and his Chamber of Commerce colleagues spearheaded the founding of Bellevue College in 1966, a year after an initial meeting at a Bellevue Steak House. From those humble beginnings, Bellevue College -Bellevue University since 1994 - was born. Since then, Bellevue University has grown and established itself as one of the worldwide leaders in adult education, serving nearly 10,000 students annually (2013) at 10 locations in three states - and everywhere online.
Bellevue University was one of the first accredited institutions to offer online degree programs in 1996, and the first to offer a Master of Business Administration degree online. In 1987, the University offered its first accelerated degree completion program, the Bachelor of Professional Studies.
Students have the option to obtain undergraduate and postgraduate degrees on their own schedule. This flexibility allows students to learn and grasp the curriculum at their own pace and then turn around and apply it in their professional careers.
Bellevue University offers over 50 bachelor's degrees and over 20 graduate degrees. They understand that there are working professionals with families and so Bellevue University has tailored some programs to help students with these circumstances complete their desired goals.
Benefits of Bellevue University include, but are not limited to the following:
While students can obtain varying level of degrees, there are no associate degrees available or certificates of completion. This can hinder advancement for those already employed with degrees wanting to further education for advancement. Other common concerns include:
Since Bellevue University is somewhat catered to the working professional, it is rather odd that they do not offer credit for life experience. This means that students who have obtained some level of expertise or knowledge surrounding a particular subject manner will still have to take courses. This can create a level of redundancy, not to mention that the student will need to pay for the course to satisfy the requirement.