Maj. Gen. John S. Kem, provost of Army University, and Dr. Greg Gunderson, president of Park University, signed an agreement July 13 at the Army University headquarters at Fort Leavenworth for the two universities to work together to seek collaborative solutions to address military-civilian educational issues that are in the best interest of providing a world-class educational experience for all service members.
Kem said the agreement was the result of months of work by many people from both universities. The agreement includes the potential to negotiate other joint partnership opportunities, the opportunity to participate in mutually beneficial research initiatives, a pledge to develop a reciprocal “visiting” professor exchange between the organizations, and the opportunity to collaborate on symposiums and similar events.
“We think this agreement will make a difference in the lives of enlisted personnel,” Gunderson said.
“Any change that makes education more efficient and more effective for the soldier is huge,” added Kirby Brown, deputy to the Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.
Army University is the premier learning institution for the Army, developing both military and civilian professionals who can understand and operate successfully within a complex future security environment. As such, it will transform one of the largest academic systems in the United States into a premier university system that harnesses the energy, experience and intellectual capacity in the Army to produce professionals that the nation will need for a complex and uncertain world tomorrow. Army University will accomplish this by increasing the rigor of the Army’s educational programs through broader accreditation, promoting greater collaboration with the nation’s premier universities and colleges, and improving integration among Army schools.
Park University provides university courses, credit and degrees as permitted by Park’s accrediting association, the Higher Learning Commission, which also accredits the master’s degree program at the Command and General Staff College. Park University has a long history of serving those who have dedicated much of their lives to serving the country.