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ISM Partners With American Public University

FOR RELEASE: August 24, 2011

Agreement outlines cooperative promotion of quality online programs and professional certification.

(Tempe, AZ) August 24, 2011 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) has established a cooperative relationship with American Public University (APU), a nationally- and regionally-accredited provider of quality online degree programs. Under the terms of the agreement, APU will promote ISM's professional certifications, and ISM will promote APU degree programs. ISM certification holders may also be eligible to receive academic credits towards undergraduate and graduate programs at APU.

According to ISM CEO Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS, joining forces on promotional efforts is a win-win for each organization. "It makes sense to leverage our mutual interests to help develop well educated employees and students," Novak says. "We expect many APU students and graduates will find ISM educational products relevant and valuable. Similarly, there are sure to be ISM members and customers who find APU's distance learning opportunities a perfect fit for their career path."

ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) credentials. The CPSM® gives supply management professionals a career edge as well as demonstrates a level of knowledge needed to positively impact their organization's supply operation. For more information on the CPSM® designation and how it can benefit you and your employer, contact ISM Professional Credentials online at or e-mail

APU, part of American Public University System, offers academic degrees and certificates in areas including transportation and logistics management, reverse logistics, management, hospitality management, international relations and homeland security, among many others*.

About Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) |
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

About American Public University System (APUS)
American Public University System, winner of the Sloan Consortium's 2009 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and consecutive two-time recipient of Sloan's Effective Practices Award (2009 & 2010), offers 87 online degree programs through American Public University and American Military University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help nearly 97,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in subjects ranging from homeland security to management and liberal arts.

*For more about APUS programs, including the graduation rates for each program, median debt of students who completed each program, and other important information — visit

Media Contact:
Jean McHale |
Manager, Public Relations
Institute for Supply Management™
(U.S. only) 480-752-6276, extension 3143
(International) +1 480-752-6276, extension 3143