FAYETTE, Iowa (May 8, 2013) - The online undergraduate and master's in business administration (MBA) programs at Upper Iowa University have been ranked among the best online programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report. The "2013 Best Online Programs for Veterans" rankings were released on the publication's website May 7.
The UIU Online Bachelor's Program is ranked 15th among colleges and universities with online undergraduate programs for veterans. The UIU Online MBA program is ranked 27th. To be considered for the best online programs for veterans, colleges had to be numerically ranked among best online education programs by U.S. News in January 2013. This is the first time the publication has specifically ranked online programs for veterans.
According to U.S. News, "These programs have taken steps to improve the higher education experience for veterans. Their commitment takes on extra relevance in the wake of reports of educational institutions, particularly for-profit schools, engaging in misleading recruiting processes, including persuading veterans to take out costly loans and not disclosing key graduation and employment data."
All of the ranked Best Online Programs for Veterans belong to institutions that are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school. The programs are also affiliated with schools that are members of the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and offer at least once course in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) catalog. By associating with those groups, institutions pledge to consider granting academic credit for classes and training completed in the military and offer flexibility for distance learners taking courses at several schools.
The Best Online Programs for Veterans includes bachelor's programs as well as master's programs in education, nursing, engineering and business. Only regionally accredited degree-granting programs that were 100 percent online were considered.
"This is an outstanding recognition of Upper Iowa University's long history of working with active military service members as well as veterans and all members of the U.S. military family," said UIU President William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S. "This university is extremely proud to have this fine record of meeting the educational needs of the total military family with high quality academic programs and student services. This recognition honors the hard work and dedication of UIU faculty and staff who have helped thousands of students complete their degree and change their lives."
He added that UIU was among the nation's first universities to embrace distance education by launching a correspondence course program that will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013. The UIU online program began in 1999. Today, UIU has more than 1,500 students enrolled in the UIU Center for Distance Education, which includes online and independent study. In 2012, more than 13.4 percent of UIU students were either active members of military service or veterans.
"Online education is a proven way to meet the needs of today's students, especially the adult learner who may be trying to balance earning a degree with working full time and raising a family," added Barb Schultz, director, Center for Distance Education. "Although our military students can complete their degree online, UIU also offers them the option to study at our U.S. educational centers or to continue their courses through independent study when they are deployed in places without reliable computer access. No matter how they take their courses, UIU can follow them."
UIU has been named to the top 15% of military-friendly schools by G.I. Jobs for four consecutive years and named as a top military-friendly university for five consecutive years by Military Advanced Education.
Information about the UIU online programs is available at www.uiu.edu.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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