Dr. John Sperling founded Apollo Education Group in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to a more diverse population of working learners. It went public in December of 1994. Apollo Education Group Inc. stands behind the belief that lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated to meeting the educational needs of the working learner. University of Phoenix, Apollo’s flagship institution, follows this credo and serves the working learner who is juggling career, family and earning an education.