ASA College
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TypePrivate for-profit college
Established1985
PresidentJose Valencia
ProvostDr. Edward Kufuor
Academic staff
Faculty total:290
(60 full-time /
230 part-time) [1]
UndergraduatesOver 4,500
Location,
United States
CampusUrban
Websitewww.asa.edu

ASA College is a private for-profit college in New York City and Hialeah, Florida. The college has three campuses: Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn in New York, and Hialeah in Florida. It offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates in the divisions of business administration, health disciplines, legal studies, and computer technology.

History

ASA was founded in 1985 with a professor and 12 students in a small Brooklyn classroom. Known then as 'Advanced Software Analysis', the college focused on computer programming, as New York had a dire shortage of qualified mainframe programmers at that time.

In 1999, ASA received authorization from the New York State Board of Regents to confer degrees in accounting, computer programming, information technology, and medical assisting.[2]

The college's president, Alex Shchegol, was removed by the college's board of trustees in 2018 after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct that resulted in over $2 million in out-of-court settlements. After the board denied his request in late 2021 to be reinstated, he used his power as owner of the college to replace five of the seven members of the board of trustees, and they reinstated him.[3]

Growth and expansion

Branding Building in the Downtown Brooklyn Campus
Branding Building in the Downtown Brooklyn Campus

The college currently has more than 5,000 students, 16 programs of study, and 3 campuses: Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn in New York City; and Hialeah in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Accreditations and approvals

ASA College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer Associate of Occupational Studies and Associate in Applied Science degrees. ASA's associate degree program in Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment. ASA is also approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans and is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. In October 2021, ASA's accreditor placed the school on warning status related to governance and other issues. [4]

Athletics

In 2008, ASA College launched their Athletic program out of their Brooklyn campus [1] known as the Avengers. Starting with a small basketball team, the athletic department expanded to 13 sports programs combined within three campuses: including men's & women's soccer, varsity & JV football, men & women's basketball, baseball, men's lacrosse, men's & women's track & field and men's & women's tennis. All programs are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I, Region XV.[2]

Brooklyn Avengers

ASA Brooklyn, known as the Avengers, currently has four sports teams: men's & women's basketball, baseball, and football.

Manhattan Mad Titans

ASA Manhattan, known as the Mad Titans, currently has one sports team: men's basketball. It's speculated that it would add women's basketball.

Miami Silverstorm

ASA Miami, known as the Silver Storm, currently has 13 sports teams: men's & women's soccer, football, men & women's basketball, baseball, cheerleading, men's lacrosse, softball, men & women's track & field, and men & women's tennis.

Accomplishments

Head tennis coach Brian Slack enters his sixth season at the helm of the men's and women's tennis programs at ASA College and his third at ASA College Miami. Slack has won seven NJCAA National Championships, all with ASA College. Four on the men's side and three on the women's side.

Notably, the ASA Miami football program kicked off in 2015 and remained the only junior college football program in the state of Florida. ASA NY played their first season in 2009 and gained national recognition during their 2012–2013 season after being ranked #5 nationally and earning a Carrier Bowl bid against Snow College. During the 2017 season, ASA NY ranked 14th by the NJCAA with a 9–1 regular-season record. ASA NY earned an invite to the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Mesa, Arizona and came away victorious over Mesa Community College 28–23.

Student Outcomes

According to the College Scorecard, ASA College has a 37 percent graduation rate. The median salary after completion ranges from $20,921 (AA in Computer and IT Science) to $36,848 (AA in Nursing). Median student loan debt varies from $8,200 (undergraduate certificate in public health) to $26,000 (AA in Nursing). Two years after completion, 15 percent of student debtors made progress with their loans. [5]

References

  1. ^ "College Navigator - ASA College". Nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  2. ^ "ASA College | Accredited College Institution in Brooklyn & Manhattan NY".
  3. ^ Goldberg, Noah; Elsen-Rooney, Michael (November 20, 2021). "MeToo U: President of Brooklyn's ASA College, ousted over sexual misconduct claims, boots board and regains power". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Halperin, David. "15 Higher Education Stories Worth Investigating". www.republicreport.org. Republic Report. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  5. ^ "ASA College". collegescorecard.ed.gov. US Department of Education. Retrieved 7 December 2021.

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