Bridgepoint Education Inc (NYSE:BPI) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.
Bridgepoint Education Inc has a market cap of $978.1 million; its shares were traded at around $18.73 with a P/E ratio of 9.3 and P/S ratio of 2.2. Hedge Fund Gurus that owns BPI: Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Capital, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns BPI: Jeff Auxier of Auxier Focus Fund.
Highlight of Business Operations:Affordable tuition. We structure the tuition for our programs to be below Title IV loan limits, permitting students who do not otherwise have the financial means to pursue an education the ability to gain access to our programs. We believe that removing the financial burden of obtaining incremental private loans, or making significant cash tuition payments while pursuing a postsecondary education, not only permits more students to access our programs but also enables students to focus more on their coursework and on program completion while in school. We also recognize that private loans are increasingly difficult to obtain, which can prevent academically qualified students from pursuing an education at institutions with higher tuition and fees. High transferability of credits. Based on our research, we believe we are one of six postsecondary education institutions in the United States, and the only for-profit provider, that accepts up to 99 transfer credits for a bachelor's degree program. Many adult students have completed some postsecondary education and have credits which they would like to transfer to a new degree program, but are often prevented from doing so, thereby increasing the time and expense incurred to earn a degree. This situation is common among military personnel who, as of December 31, 2010, comprised 18.6% of our total enrollment. We believe students should receive credit for their prior work and, as such, we have worked closely with our accrediting agencies to obtain the right to accept a high level of transfer credits. Based on a recent review of our fully admitted undergraduate students, approximately 70% transferred in credits, and 44% of those who transferred in credits transferred in 50 credits or more. Accessible educational model. Our online delivery model, weekly start dates and commitment to affordability and the transferability of credits make our programs highly accessible. Our online platform has been designed to deliver a quality educational experience while offering the flexibility and convenience that many students require, particularly working adults. As of December 31, 2010, 99% of our students were taking classes exclusively online. Our weekly starts provide students with significant flexibility to structure their course schedule around their other personal and professional commitments. Heritage as a traditional university with a campus-based student community. We believe that a strong sense of community and the familiarity associated with a traditional campus environment are important to recruiting and retaining students and differentiate us from many other online providers. We encourage our online students to follow activities on our campuses, including Ashford University's 17 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics ("NAIA") athletic teams, our student clubs and our student projects with our campuses' local communities. Additionally, all online student activity, including completing coursework and seeking support 4
Faculty members are selected based upon academic credentials, prior teaching experience and performance in faculty orientation and in the classroom. Our faculty members have more than 10 years of instructional experience on average, and all hold graduate degrees in their respective fields of instruction and typically have relevant practitioner experience. As of December 31, 2010, we had approximately 2,900 adjunct faculty members and 60 full-time campus faculty members. All of our faculty members have earned a graduate degree, and of the faculty members teaching graduate courses, 88% at Ashford University and 100% at University of the Rockies have earned doctoral degrees.
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