Upper Iowa online programs ranked among best for veterans by U.S. News & World Report

FAYETTE, Iowa (May 20, 2015) - 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 and service members by U.S. News & World Report. The "2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans" rankings were released on the publication's website May 19.

UIU online undergraduate programs are ranked among the top 10 percent of the 737 colleges and universities on the list; the UIU online MBA, in the top 14 percent.

To be considered for the ranks of best online programs for veterans, schools also had to be numerically ranked among best online education programs by U.S. News in January 2015. Due to changes in U.S. Department of Defense programs for veterans, the number of online programs that were eligible for ranking consideration in 2015 was significantly higher than in 2014, when only 197 were eligible, according to U.S. News.

“In previous years, there were two additional requirements programs had to meet to be included in the rankings,” stated the U.S. News methodology. “They had to belong to an institution that was a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and that offered a credit-granting course listed in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) catalog. The U.S. Department of Defense dissolved these offerings; therefore, they are no longer part of the methodology. The result is a significant increase in programs ranked this year.”

Altogether, nearly two-thirds of ranked online degree programs (737 out of 1,125) that reported data to U.S. News in these disciplines were included in the 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings.

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 Best Online Programs for Veterans includes bachelor's programs as well as master's programs in criminal justice, education, nursing, engineering, computer information technology and business. Only regionally accredited degree-granting programs that are offered predominantly online were considered.

"We are pleased that Upper Iowa University continues to be recognized for its long history of working with active military service members as well as veterans and all members of the U.S. military family. Our commitment began during the Civil War, and we have been there for veterans of every military conflict," said UIU President William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S. "Today, veterans are earning their degrees at the highest rate since World War II. This university is extremely proud of its fine record of being able to meet those educational needs not only after soldiers come home but through our online and self-paced programs that allow service members to continue their education during deployments."

President Duffy noted that UIU was among the nation's first universities to embrace distance education. The University launched its first distance education programs more than 40 years ago, and celebrated the 15th anniversary of its first online offerings in 2014. UIU had more than 1,900 students enrolled in the UIU Center for Distance Education on the official fall  Census Day for the 2014-15 academic year. As of May 15, 2015, the academic year’s cumulative unduplicated headcount for UIU students pursuing courses online and through independent study is 3,714.  Some 16.45 percent of UIU students are either active members of military service or veterans.

UIU has been named to the top 15 percent of military-friendly schools by G.I. Jobs for six consecutive years and named as a top military-friendly university for seven consecutive years by Military Advanced Education.

Information about the UIU online programs is available at www.uiu.edu.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

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