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Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 05 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT Even before the coronavirus pandemic propelled UNLV into remote learning in the spring, online courses at UNLV were prevalent.  "There's been a steady decrease in the number of students that have never taken an online course," said Elizabeth Barrie, the director of the Office of Online Education . She recently presented during The State of Online Education webinar event. It highlighted some of the initiatives and cross-campus partnerships that contribute to student achievement and shared how faculty prepared for online learning through the summer. She noted that 95% of students who graduated in spring 2020 with an undergraduate degree had taken at least one online course. And, compared to past years, there has been an increase in the number of students who have taken more than 30 credits, or two semesters, online. 

US News Releases 2021 Best Online Degrees | Across America, US Patch - Patch.com

US News Releases 2021 Best Online Degrees | Across America, US Patch - Patch.com

US News Releases 2021 Best Online Degrees | Across America, US Patch - Patch.com

Posted: 27 Jan 2021 12:00 AM PST

ACROSS AMERICA — After months of campus closures and restrictions, the coronavirus pandemic has given new importance to online education and the flexibility it offers current and prospective college students.

While some colleges have temporarily moved online as an alternative to in-person learning amid the pandemic, a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report gives a nod to select schools and degree programs in the country that were specifically designed to be earned online.

Intended for those looking to complete or further their education, the rankings, released Tuesday by U.S. News., evaluate more than 1,600 online bachelor's and master's degree programs.

The rankings did not take into account schools or programs that have temporarily moved online due to the pandemic, according to a release by U.S. News. The list also doesn't include blended learning programs that combine courses in brick-and-mortar classrooms with online

To determine which schools and programs made this year's list, U.S. News looked at overall academic quality across a variety of disciplines. In addition to online bachelor's degrees, U.S. News ranked master's programs in business, education, nursing, engineering, computer information technology and criminal justice. Online MBA programs were split from other business degrees and ranked separately.

New this year, U.S. News added rankings of online bachelor's programs in business and psychology.

The methodologies to determine the best programs varied according to specialty. Learn more about the methodologies used at USNews.com.

Florida-based Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University moved back up to No. 1 this year among Best Online Bachelor's Programs. For MBAs, Carnegie Mellon University tied with the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill for the top spot.

Meanwhile, Columbia University had the top-ranked computer information technology master's program. Tied for No. 1 among Best Online Master's in Nursing programs were Rush University and the University of South Carolina.

Finally, the No. 1 master's programs in education and engineering are at the University of Florida and Columbia University, respectively.

See the full 2021 list of Best Online Programs here.

6 Best Public Online Four-Year Colleges for Veterans in 2021 - ClearanceJobs - ClearanceJobs

Posted: 05 Feb 2021 09:30 AM PST

The U.S. News & World Report just released their new 2021 Best Online Programs Report. The listing is comprised of 356 schools in three categories: Public, Private, and For Profit. They further paired down the list to one that lists the 96 Best Online Programs for Veterans, but still in the three categories.

6 Best Public Online Four-Year Colleges for Veterans

That is still a lot of schools to go through to find best one for you. The six schools highlighted here are ones that are not only public on the Best Online Programs for Veterans list, but ones that also meet the following methodology:

  • Affordable – While the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers tuition in full at public schools, I wanted to minimize education expenses to non-resident students not covered under the less-than-three-year-discharge rule by only showing schools that offer either the Yellow Ribbon Program or in-state tuition.
  • Accessible – Stable online programs that can be accessed anytime from anywhere in the world.
  • Reputable – Regionally accredited and certified to accept the GI Bill by the VA.
  • Has a significant military student population track record – active-duty, Selected Reserves or veteran.

… and all the schools had to rank in the top half of the U.S. News & World Reports 2021 Best Online Program list.

1. University of Florida

UF was ranked the by the U.S. News & World Report as being the #2 school for having the Best Online Programs for Veterans and #3 overall for having the Best Online Bachelor's program. Launched in 20-14, UF Online off 25 pathways to a bachelor's degree. Popular majors with veterans include:

  • Business Administration and Management
  • Fire & Emergency Services
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Criminology
  • Psychology

2. Oregon State University

With over 38 online undergraduate programs, this school was awarded the #3 spot in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs for Veterans. With their Ecampus program, online military and veteran students have access to the schools military certifying officials as well as advising services designed to work with students with a military background. Majors popular with veterans include:

  • Computer Science/with an additional option of a certificate in cybersecurity
  • Psychology
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Services/with over eight 24-credit specializations available such as Wildlife Biologist or Wildlife Law Enforcement
  • Geography and Geospatial Science
  • Business Administration and Management

3. Arizona State University

ASU Online was recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 best for online bachelor's programs and for being the most innovative school in America. Online bachelor degree students also have an option to choose a minor that complements their degree major. Some of their more popular majors for veterans, out of the 200 available online, include:

  • Psychology
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Engineering/Engineering Management
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  • Organizational Leadership

4. University of Arizona

Located in sunny Tucson, AZ, this school took the honors of being U.S. News and World Report's Best Arizona College for Veterans in the National College category and #7 in the Best Online Bachelor's Program in the Nation. Popular majors for veterans include:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Cyber Operations
  • Intelligence and Information Operations
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Geographic Information Systems Technology

5. CUNY School of Professional Studies

CUNY's online bachelor's degree programs was recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as being in the top 2% of online schools in the nation and #6 for Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans. While they do offer undergraduate degrees in 17 different areas, the popular majors for veterans include:

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Communication and Media
  • Psychology
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Systems

6. Colorado State University – Global Campus

CSU Online focuses on majors that serve the career fields that are in high demand now and projected to remain so well into the future, like:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Technology
  • Project Management
  • Healthcare Administration

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Remote Learning Gives more Options

Online learning offers military servicemembers and veterans the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree from anywhere in the world. While online degrees used to be looked upon as being secondary to ones earned on campus, that is no longer an issue. As a matter of fact, many schools today offer the same classes online as they do on campus. Be part of the 33% of adults that have a four-year degree and use your Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for it.

Regional Accreditation Legend:

NWCCU – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

HLC – Higher Learning Commission

SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

MSCHE Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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