Institute for Professional Development®

Founded in 1973,  Institute for Professional Development (IPD) was Dr. John Sperling’s first endeavor for working learners. Since then, IPD, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has grown to partner with regionally accredited private colleges, universities and other institutions to help develop curriculum, instruction and administrative infrastructure specifically to meet the unique educational needs and goals of working learners who already have established personal and professional lives.

Services provided by IPD typically include degree program design, curriculum and faculty development, enrollment and marketing, market research, institutional services, and accounting and administrative services.


  • Currently provides educational services to seven accredited colleges and universities in eight states, at approximately 25 campuses and learning centers in addition to its headquarters in Phoenix
  • Develops certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs for partner institutions in diverse disciplines such as Business, Leadership, Education, Nursing and Health, Social Sciences, Technology and Religion.
  • Partner universities include Baker University, Brenau University, Huston-Tillotson University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Judson University, Thomas More College and William Penn University.



Founded by Dr. John Sperling in California


IPD launches the Consortium for the Advancement of Adult Higher Education (CAAHE)


IPD launches TouchPoint, a student retention solution


IPD launches eCARL, a complete online education resource


IPD launches its Higher Education Services division