New Charter University

"You say you are educators," said a man sitting next to us on an airplane. "Then educate! You must show people a way to make their lives better. Help them see, what can be. Help them get there." It's that simple.

Meet Our Team

New Charter’s Administration

Dr. Axely Congress, President

Dr. Axely Congress

President

Dr. Congress has been a part of the academic community for over 20 years, since the age of 17, whereby his first job, while serving in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman, was to teach technology to military personnel. He has served at many differing levels within various academic organizations, including, but not limited to; President, Division/Department Chair, Full-Time, and Part-Time Professor, Course Designer, Subject Matter Expert, institutional technologist, and business liaison. His education and areas of expertise have allowed him to teach in varying college departments, including engineering and information technology, multimedia technologies and design, and information security at institutions such as, DeVry University, St. Leo University, University of Hawaii Leeward College, Colorado Community College, and Saudi Electronic University. Dr. Congress instructs in a wide variety of areas such as; graphic design, web development, 3-D modeling, cybersecurity, network, database, and operating system administration/security, educational technology, web administration/security, and business technology. He has taught courses in onsite, online, and blended instructional formats, and is well versed with the educational tools and computer technology that is needed to effectively facilitate engaging learning, regardless of the environment. Dr. Congress has also invented several technologies used by technology oriented academic institutions, is a published author, and practicing musician.

Dr. Congress received his A.A. in Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force, and later received his B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, thereafter receiving his M.S. in Information Systems from Bowie State University. To enhance his instructional effectiveness, leadership skills, and understanding of modern online education environments and technologies, Dr. Congress proceeded to attend Capella University, where he received his Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Educational Technology. Following this accomplishment, he went back to school to also receive another M.S. degree in Cybersecurity, whilst accomplishing the task of earning certifications in Cybersecurity Digital Forensics, Cybersecurity Information Assurance, and Cybersecurity Network Defense.

Dr. Congress possesses a wealth of combined experience in instruction, and course design in the field of information systems, computer science, computer security, and multimedia design. His industry experience, includes championing several technology start-ups, including serving the role of CEO and CTO for his own cloud security computing companies, whereby he managed many different cloud technology assets and technology personnel. He has also had the pleasure of working as a technology SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS contractor for the government, and several fortune 500 companies, such as Safeway, and Choice Hotels. He is a well established, and currently informed technologist, instructor, instructional designer, and organizational leader. Dr. Congress has a firm grasp on what it takes to organize, motivate, and lead teams of individuals effectively, and efficiently, in order to accomplish high stake tasks; and attempts to make the most of his experience count by setting out to accomplish the goals, mission, and vision, of the institutions he is privileged to be a part of.

Dr. Mary Beth Finn

Vice-President, Provost

Dr. Mary Beth Finn has over 33 years of experience in higher education administration, serving as an Academic Dean of a university for 28 years, while also teaching various courses. She has extensive experience with national, regional, and specialized accreditation at the postsecondary level, as an evaluator, site visitor, and author/organizer of Self-Evaluation Reports for different entities. As a liaison with accrediting bodies, Dr. Finn appreciates the time and effort institutions spend in preparation, self-evaluation, and organization for quality assurance to students.

History

In 1994, New Charter University (NCU) was founded under its original name, Andrew Jackson University (AJU). The vision for AJU originated with Robert McKim Norris, Jr., and D. Michael Barrett, both graduates of the Cumberland School of Law and colleagues at a Birmingham, Alabama law firm. After completing his law degree, Norris embarked on an intense program of self-directed study. He compiled a personal library of thousands of books, videotapes, and audiotapes, and he concluded that he gained more education through ongoing, independent learning than he ever learned in formal classroom experiences. Norris and Barrett founded a university together and named it after U.S. President Andrew Jackson to symbolize their belief that any determined individual can succeed in life, despite adversity.

In 2015, Global Heritage Education (GHE) acquired NCU. GHE is founded by a group of educators, entrepreneurs, and business executives who are passionate about learning. Members of GHE have successfully established universities, colleges, and schools worldwide, including the United States, Malaysia, China, and Australia. GHE believes individuals can improve their lives through education. NCU is carrying out this mission by offering flexible, supportive, and affordable online education to students from around the world.

Mission

Our mission is to leverage advances in innovative technologies and educational models to provide high-quality, flexible, and affordable distance education programs so students can attain recognized degrees that advance their careers and improve their lives.

This includes employing:

  • Outcomes-based education in which course length is measured by demonstrated achievement of learning outcomes through carefully crafted objective and performance assessments;
  • Technology-assisted learning environments, where students learn at their own pace and according to their personal learning style;
  • Peer-to-peer learning communities in which students share their knowledge and skills and help each other obtain recognized degrees and credentials;
  • Pedagogical models in which the faculty serve as mentors and coaches as well as subject matter experts;
  • Evaluation systems that measure student achievement solely on whether students meet standards that are rigorous, clearly articulated, and recognized; and
  • Affordable tuition models.

Vision

We aim to chart a new course to more freedom, flexibility, and financial stability without sacrificing work-life balance. New Charter University exists to provide a quality education that is accessible and of high value to an international audience. New Charter aims to be innovative and flexible in providing strategic, higher education programs that meet the needs of today’s workforce. In order to accomplish this, we will hold true to our core values, to:

  • Offer the highest quality, most affordable education possible
  • Create an engaging and intellectually-stimulating culture
  • Approach challenges with humility and perseverance
  • Embrace change fearlessly and drive innovation
  • Operate with integrity and openness, and
  • Value diversity

Values

  1. Integrity
  2. Innovation
  3. Industry
  4. Independence
  5. Influence