Brigham Young University–Idaho is a private university located in Rexburg, Idaho. Founded in 1888, the university is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , transitioned from a junior college to a four-year institution in 2001, and was known for the greater part of its history as Ricks College.BYU-Idaho offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, and performing arts. The university is broadly organized into six colleges, and its parent organization, the Church Educational System, sponsors sister schools in Utah and Hawaii. The university's focus is on undergraduate education, hosting 18 associate and over 70 bachelor's degree programs; and it operates using a three-semester system also known as "tracks".Students at BYU-Idaho are required to follow an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with LDS teachings . Approximately 99% of the university's students are members of the LDS Church, and a significant percentage of the student body take an 18- or 24-month hiatus from their studies to serve as missionaries. A BYU-Idaho education is generally less expensive than similar private universities, due largely to a significant funding by LDS Church tithing funds, helping keep tuition rates low.Since becoming a four-year institution, BYU-Idaho no longer hosts intercollegiate athletic teams but instead organizes intramural programs, as part of the larger student activity program. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 19, 2017
Radical Transformation May Be the Only Way to Save Some of Today's Most Successful Enterprises, Says New Book "Dual Transformation: How To Reposition Today's Business While Creating The Future" LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 19, 2017) - They are household names, some more than a century old. Ford Motor Company, Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, Singtel, Adobe, Xerox, Netflix, Intuit, Brigham Young University-Idaho. They come from different industries and span the globe, but have one thing in common: each has confronted threats to its business model and the need to radically change its business in the face of major disruption. Big disruptions have upended markets for mobile handsets, personal computers, cameras, newspapers, books, magazines, music, broadcast television and so on -- felling a long list of well-known companies along the way. The most viable response to such radical disruption, according to the authors of the book Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2017), is a two-track process: transforming the core business to enhance and extend its life, while building a new and different business to power the future. This kind of "dual transformation" depends on leveraging an established company's unique difficult-to-replicate assets such as brand, scale, and decades of accumulated know-how. By sharing these capabilities and assets between the efforts, the established can come out on top, and help define the future. Consider the challenge facing automakers: autonomous vehicles and web-based ride-share services are threatening their traditional business model. In response, the 113-year-old Ford Motor Company is evolving from a "car company" into a "mobility services" business. "Cars" will be just one component of a very different business model. "In every mature industry, incumbent leaders are extremely vulnerable to competitors offering greater simplicity, convenience, and affordability," says Scott Anthony, managing partner at growth strategy consulting firm Innosight. "And those at the top of their game are most vulnerable." "Dual transformation offers a way to fortify a core business that has brought past success -- maximizing its relevance and resilience," says Anthony. "But it's also a way to leverage disruption and find strong growth in a new and under-served market. Growth that will power the company into the future." DUAL TRANSFORMATION: THE RIGHT RESPONSE TO DISRUPTION Dual Transformation helps executives spot the signs of unfolding disruption, devise a strategy to address it and manage the crises that arise during the transformation process. To demonstrate the challenge -- and the power of the dual transformation solution -- the authors tell the stories of companies that have transformed themselves, creating the next version of themselves that may ending up in a very different place from where they started, such as: "Dual transformation is very different from typical CEO challenges, like restructuring, or downsizing, or a new product innovation," says Clark Gilbert, co-author and president of Brigham Young University-Idaho. "It forces the CEO to work deep in an organization's culture to build two truly new business models simultaneously." DISRUPTION IS COMING -- AND NO ONE IS SAFE There is no such thing as a safe incumbent. Radical innovation is creating new markets, and new products and services, every day. The ripple effects will be felt in every corner of every enterprise, public and private, including some unexpected places: OPTIMIZE FOR THE FUTURE -- NOT THE PAST Dual transformation addresses one of the biggest mistakes that today's business leaders make: a present-forward view of strategy that is based on the assumption that the future will resemble the past. As a result, their growth strategy becomes rooted in today's business and today's data. When change is too incremental, businesses sooner or later end up defending an obsolete business model. Dual transformation builds on a "future-back" view of strategy, by contrast. This begins with the assumption that tomorrow will be different than today, involves looking at powerful trends that hold transformational potential, coming to consensus about the future environment, and developing shared aspirations about the company's future state. "Business leaders have to imagine the future and begin creating it, today, in both the core business and the new growth business," says Mark Johnson, co-founder and senior partner at Innosight. "They have to imagine what the company's markets will look like in five, or ten, or twenty years; design a company that can be successful in that future; and transform today's company right now, so it can still lead when that radically different future finally arrives." For more information, a copy of Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future or an interview with Mark Johnson and Scott Anthony of Innosight or Clark Gilbert of BYU-Idaho, please contact Katarina Wenk-Bodenmiller of Sommerfield Communications at +1 (212) 255-8386 or Katarina@sommerfield.com. ABOUT SCOTT D. ANTHONY Scott D. Anthony is the Managing Partner of Innosight. Based in the firm's Singapore office, he leads its Asian consulting operations and its venture-capital investment activities (Innosight Ventures). He has worked with clients ranging from national governments to companies in industries as diverse as health care, telecommunications, consumer products and software. He is the author of The First Mile (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014), The Little Black Book of Innovation (Harvard Business Review Press, January 2012) and The Silver Lining (Harvard Business Review Press, 2009). He is the co-author of Seeing What's Next (Harvard Business Review Press, 2004) and The Innovator's Guide to Growth (Harvard Business Review Press, 2008). ABOUT MARK W. JOHNSON Mark W. Johnson is Cofounder and a Senior Partner of Innosight, which he co-founded with Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen. He has been a strategic advisor to both Global 1000 and start-up companies in a wide range of industries, including automotive, health care, aerospace/defense, enterprise IT, energy and consumer packaged goods. He has also advised Singapore's government on innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the author of the best-selling book Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation and Growth and Renewal (Harvard Business Review Press, 2010). ABOUT CLARK G. GILBERT Clark G. Gilbert is the 16th and current president of Brigham Young University-Idaho. He served previously as the CEO of both the Deseret News, Utah's longest running business and one of the nation's fastest growing businesses, and Deseret Digital Media. Clark is a former Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at Harvard Business School and an associate academic vice president at BYU-Idaho. He is also a founding partner of Innosight Ventures, where he has served as a founding director of several health care and media startups. ABOUT INNOSIGHT Innosight, the strategy and innovation business of global professional services firm Huron, helps organizations design and create the future, instead of being disrupted by it. Acquired by Huron in 2017, Innosight is the leading authority on disruptive innovation and strategic transformation. The company collaborates with clients across a range of industries to identify new growth opportunities, build new ventures and capabilities, and accelerate organizational change. Learn more at www.innosight.com and www.huronconsultinggroup.com.
News Article | May 19, 2017
MERIDIAN, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA), a statewide online public charter school, will celebrate the Class of 2017 with three in-person graduation ceremonies across the state. Reese Beard and Elijah Newberry are co-valedictorians of the Class of 2017, and Gabriel Steward is the salutatorian. This is the ninth graduating class from Idaho Virtual Academy. Collectively, IDVA’s 159 graduates have been offered more than $170,000 in college scholarships. Students have reported that they will attend colleges and universities across the country, including Boise State University, College of Western Idaho, University of Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Lewis-Clark State College, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, College of Idaho, College of Western Idaho, North Idaho College, Northwest Nazarene University, Washington State University, Baylor University, Seattle University, Howard College, WyoTech and University of Wyoming. “Graduation is such a special day for our students,” said Kelly Edginton, head of school for Idaho Virtual Academy. “We are so proud of our graduates, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of them.” IDVA provides students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade with a learning environment that works for them. The range of classes, extracurricular activities and supportive community give students of all abilities and backgrounds the chance to thrive. IDVA will hold three graduation ceremonies across the state. Media is welcome to attend. Details are as follows: Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA) is an online public charter school serving students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade. As part of the Idaho public school system, IDVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. Learn more at http://idva.k12.com. K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
News Article | June 15, 2017
For an increasing number of students graduating from high school this month, online education has been more than just a supplemental alternative – it’s been all they’ve ever known. Across the nation from Maine to California, 27 Connections Academy-supported online public schools will graduate students and celebrate their achievements during traditional in-person commencement ceremonies. The Class of 2017 includes nearly 30 graduates from six online public schools who are among a new generation of students to complete their entire elementary to high school academic journey online. In fact, the number of Connections Academy graduates to exclusively complete their education online has increased since Connections’ first graduating class in 2009, as many Connections Academy-supported schools enter their second decade of serving students completely online. “This year’s 2016-2017 graduating class is a reflection that online education has entered a new age of acceptance—families see this learning option as a pathway for a quality education from elementary all the way through high school,” said Steven Guttentag, president and co-founder of Connections Academy. “Whether it’s due to a need for schedule flexibility or a result of being significantly ahead of peers academically, we’re now seeing increasing numbers of successful graduates who enrolled in one of our schools at age five or six and continued for the duration of their K-12 education journey. We’re proud of these students, and all our students who are currently celebrating their high school graduation milestone.” One example of a student who completed kindergarten through 12th grade via Connections Academy is Minnesota-based student Grant Rubietta, who is graduating from MTS Minnesota Connections Academy this year at age 15. Grant's story is unique—by age three, he was reading and doing math, testing off the charts for a child of his age. His parents felt that a bricks-and-mortar public or private school wouldn’t allow Grant to work at his accelerated pace, so they enrolled him in online school in kindergarten. While enrolled in Connections Academy, he took additional college courses through the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, and also participated in competitive swimming, piano and Boy Scouts. Grant will head to the University of Minnesota this fall. In California, student Emily Munoz and her family chose California Connections Academy @ Capistrano when deciding where Emily should start kindergarten. The online school model offered Emily flexibility to pursue her passions: art and fashion. Among her many extracurricular activities, Emily creates duffel bags for foster children through the Together We Rise non-profit organization. This fall, Emily will head to Brigham Young University - Idaho to pursue a degree in psychology. An Ohio Connections Academy student, Delaney Fugate, followed a similar path. In first grade, her parents chose to enroll her in online school because they didn’t feel that the local school options would be a good fit for Delaney or her sister. The family was pleased with the quality and accessibility of the teachers, and chose to stay with Connections Academy through high school. Now a graduating senior, Delaney is ready to continue her classes at Sinclair Community College to become a graphic designer. Though the number of Connections Academy students choosing online school as a long-term solution continues to rise, other 2017 graduates enrolled later in their academic careers, such as Texas Connections Academy @ Houston student Rachael Flam. Rachael, a nationally ranked gymnast, came to Connections Academy seven years ago to accommodate her busy training schedule of 37 hours per week. Between her gymnastics accolades and straight A’s, Rachael is heading on to Stanford University this August with a full-ride scholarship and a spot on the women’s gymnastics team. In New Jersey, graduating senior Jenna Oursler-Cherins suffered a concussion as a high school freshman and fell behind in school. A public Connections Academy-supported school wasn’t available in her state, so Jenna enrolled in International Connections Academy—an online global private school. Jenna was able to catch up in school and maintain her competitive equestrian activities five days a week. With a full resume of volunteer work to tout as well, Jenna was accepted to several top colleges and universities across the country. She will head to the University of California, Berkeley this fall. Regardless of the reason for enrolling or length of tenure in online school, graduating seniors from various backgrounds, geographies and academic achievement levels have found success with Connections-supported schools. The total figures are still being tabulated for the class of 2017. However, of the previous year’s online public school graduating class, 69% of Connections Academy graduates planned to attend college or enter a vocational program, 25% were moving into the workforce, 2% were joining the military, and 4% had other plans for their future. Those who had higher education on their agenda were accepted to over 600 colleges and universities across the U.S., and accumulated over $25 million in scholarships and awards To learn more about Connections Academy-supported online public schools, visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com, or visit http://www.InternationalConnectionsAcademy.com to learn more about the private online school option About Connections Academy For over fifteen years, Connections Academy has delivered individualized learning to students through tuition-free virtual public schools. In the 2016–2017 school year, Connections Academy supported 32 virtual public schools in 26 states–serving over 60,000 students. An accredited online private school, International Connections Academy (iNaCA), serves students in grades K–12 throughout the United States and abroad. In 2016, iNaCA served students in 49 countries including the U.S. Hallmarks of the Connections Academy online school program include: personalized learning, flexibility, certified teachers, technology and an award-winning curriculum. Connections Academy and International Connections Academy are part of the global education company Pearson. For more information, visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.
News Article | June 9, 2017
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA), a statewide online public charter school, will celebrate the Class of 2017 with a pair of in-person graduation ceremonies on June 13 and 15 in Las Vegas and Reno, respectively. Nearly 150 students will graduate from NVVA, which provides a blended learning program that combines online learning with face-to-face instruction. The school, which is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, offers a robust Advanced Learner Program, honors and Advanced Placement® courses. Thirteen members of the Class of 2017 will also graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree from Western Nevada College – NVVA’s first class to do so – thanks to the school’s dual credit program, which offers qualified juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while enrolled at NVVA. The school has three valedictorians – Sara Gong, Matthew Sheldon and Grace Machado – and Iulia Nita is the salutatorian. Carolyn Streva, a Las Vegas-area realtor who volunteers her time with many organizations that benefit high school students, will deliver remarks at the Las Vegas graduation, while Libier Martinez, a first-generation college student who is currently working towards obtaining her second Master’s Degree, will address the graduates at the Reno commencement ceremony. In addition, NVVA teachers and staff will be in attendance to recognize the students’ achievements. “Our students are proof that education is not one-size-fits-all,” said Yolanda Hamilton, head of school at Nevada Virtual Academy. “We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of each of our graduates and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for each of them.” Members of the Class of 2017 report that they have been offered more than $203,000 in college scholarships. The students also report that they have been accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Nevada-Reno, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Eastern Washington University, UCLA, University of Southern California, Nevada State College, Las Vegas Bible College, Utah State University, Lee University, Art Institute of Las Vegas, Academy of Art University, University of Hawaii, Boston University and Arizona State University, among others. Media is invited to attend both graduation ceremonies. Details are as follows: Nevada Virtual Academy is an online public charter school serving students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade. As part of the Nevada public school system, NVVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about NVVA, visit http://nvva.k12.com. K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
News Article | June 12, 2017
LEWISVILLE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA), a ResponsiveEd charter school in partnership with K12 Inc., will celebrate the Class of 2017 with an in-person graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 13, at 4 p.m. at Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas. TXVA is dually accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Southern Association of College and Schools Council (SACS), an accrediting division of AdvancED, and all coursework is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). At TXVA, college- or career-minded students can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses in order to gain a competitive edge for the future, discover their path after high school or explore a possible college major. “The Class of 2017 has worked hard to get to this day,” said Tina Littell, interim head of school at Texas Virtual Academy. “This is the first step in our graduates’ life journeys, and we can’t wait to see what great things they will accomplish.” Francesca DeCraen is TXVA’s Class of 2017 valedictorian, and Morgan Flood is the salutatorian. Dr. Margaret Jorgensen, K12’s chief academic officer, will deliver remarks to the graduating class, and TXVA teachers and staff will be in attendance to recognize the students’ achievements. Collectively, the Class of 2017 reports it has been offered more than $1.2 million in college scholarships. The graduates report that they have been accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including Academy of Art University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Berklee College of Music, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Clarkson College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Southern University, Grinnell College, Huston-Tillotson University, Lamar University, LeNotre Culinary Institute, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oklahoma Baptist University, Pace University, Prairie View A&M University, Sacramento State University, Sam Houston State University, Steven F. Austin University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Southern University, Texas State Technical College, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, Texas Women’s University, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, University of Houston, University of North Texas, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Texas-San Antonio and Virginia Tech, among others. TXVA’s students have built strong relationships with their classmates during their time with the school. They interact with each other through their virtual classrooms, as well as discussion threads and instant messaging. Graduation allows the students to celebrate their accomplishment together. Media is welcome at this event. Details are as follows: A program of Responsive Education Solutions (ResponsiveEd), Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA) is a full-time online public charter school serving Texas students. TXVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about TXVA, please visit http://txva.k12.com. K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
News Article | November 1, 2016
Colleges with the Best Mechanic Degree Programs in the nation have been ranked for 2016-2017 by the Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org). As a leading higher education information and resource provider, the site analyzed data from thousands of colleges across the U.S. to determine the list of top 50 two-year schools and top 50 four-year schools. Highest marks came in for Idaho State University, Montana State University Northern, South Seattle College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Midland College among four-year schools; Western Wyoming Community College, Texas State Technical College Waco, Sinclair College, Hinds Community College and Augusta Technical College among two-year schools. “The field of automotive service is growing on pace with the national average,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on this list are offering excellent education programs for up-and-coming service technicians and mechanics, and are also committed to connecting students with job opportunities after graduation.” Colleges must meet several specific requirements to qualify for the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ Best Mechanic Programs list. Each must carry regional accreditation and hold public or private not-for-profit status. Schools are also required to provide career placement or assistance to give students a head start after graduation. More than a dozen additional statistics and data points are compared for each qualifying institution to determine rank on the list, including financial aid offerings, student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A complete list of schools honored for having the Best Mechanic Programs is included below. For details on the data and methodology used, as well as a complete list of rankings visit: The Best Mechanic Programs at two-year schools for 2016-2017: Arkansas State University - Beebe Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ashland Community and Technical College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Beaufort County Community College Blue Ridge Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Cape Fear Community College Casper College Central Community College Central Georgia Technical College Central Piedmont Community College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Columbus State Community College Dodge City Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Fox Valley Technical College Gadsden State Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Guilford Technical Community College H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Hinds Community College JF Drake State Community and Technical College Jefferson Community and Technical College Kirtland Community College Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Maysville Community and Technical College Metropolitan Community College North Dakota State College of Science North Georgia Technical College Northshore Technical Community College Northwest Louisiana Technical College Owensboro Community and Technical College Rend Lake College San Juan College Sinclair College Somerset Community College South Georgia Technical College Spokane Community College Texas State Technical College - Waco Wake Technical Community College Washington County Community College Wayne Community College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Western Nebraska Community College Western Wyoming Community College Wilkes Community College The Best Mechanic Programs at four-year schools for 2016-2017: Arkansas Tech University Baker College of Auburn Hills Baker College of Flint Baker College of Port Huron Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Bismarck State College Brigham Young University - Idaho Broward College College of Southern Nevada Daytona State College Dixie State University Farmingdale State College Ferris State University Florida State College at Jacksonville Idaho State University Indian River State College Jackson College Lake Washington Institute of Technology Lewis-Clark State College Midland College Montana State University-Billings Montana State University-Northern Morrisville State College New England Institute of Technology Northern Michigan University Palm Beach State College Peninsula College Pennsylvania College of Technology Pittsburg State University Ranken Technical College Santa Fe College Seattle Community College - South Campus Seminole State College of Florida Siena Heights University Snow College SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Canton University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Arkansas at Monticello University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Central Missouri University of Hawaii Maui College University of Northwestern Ohio Utah Valley University Vermont Technical College Vincennes University Washburn University Weber State University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.
News Article | November 27, 2016
Colleges with the Best Online Social Work Degree Programs are being honored in a new ranking released by leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. The 2016-2017 list pinpoints 43 schools with social work degree programs online that offer the best overall combination of quality and value for students. Schools at the top of the list include the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alabama, Goodwin College, Northern Arizona University, Washburn University and Washington State University. "Aspiring social work students have more options than ever when it comes to finding the right school,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These colleges are offering students added flexibility by taking their social work programs online, and are the best in the nation when it comes to affordability, quality and overall student success.” To qualify for a spot on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranking, schools must meet several specific baseline quality standards. All schools chosen are accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions, and each must offer in-state tuition at or below $25,000 or less annually to qualify. All eligible colleges are scored based on more than a dozen unique data points and statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates. Each school’s ranking is determined based on their final school-specific score. All schools recognized on the 2016-2017 Best Online Social Work Degrees ranking can be found listed alphabetically below. Full details on school scores and the data and methodology used to rank colleges are available at: The Best Colleges to earn an Online Social Work Degree for 2016-2017: Amridge University Bemidji State University Brandman University Brescia University Brigham Young University - Idaho California State University - East Bay Colorado State University - Fort Collins Goodwin College Hannibal-LaGrange University Indiana Wesleyan University Mayville State University Mercy College Metropolitan State University of Denver Mid-Atlantic Christian University Missouri State University - Springfield North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton Pennsylvania State University - York Prairie View A & M University Presentation College Salisbury University Spring Arbor University The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thomas University Union Institute & University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of North Alabama University of Utah University of Wisconsin - Stout Utah State University Viterbo University Washburn University Washington State University Wayne State University Western New Mexico University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | November 28, 2016
Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org is highlighting schools with top online health sciences degree programs in a new ranking for 2016-2017. Two lists compare four-year and two-year schools offering health science degree programs nationwide, determining which offer the best combination of cost and quality for students. Of the lists of top 100 colleges, the highest finishers among four-year schools include the University of Mississippi, Washburn University, Siena Heights University, Weber State University and Davenport University, while top two-year schools include East Mississippi Community College, Holmes Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Metropolitan Community College and Barton County Community College. "Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent, or much faster than the national average, from 2014 to 2024,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Students pursuing health science degrees can now find affordable, high quality learning options online through these schools, who are ultimately being highlighted here for their efforts to help students excel.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org has several minimum eligibility requirements each school on their rankings must meet. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates as follows: under $5,000 per year for two-year schools; under $25,000 per year for four-year schools. Those meeting eligibility requirements are then scored and ranked based on more than a dozen school-specific statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates. Each school recognized on the top online health sciences degree programs list is included below. For more information on each school’s score and the data and methodology used to rank each can be found at: The Best Two-Year Schools for Online Health Sciences Students in 2016-2017: Allen County Community College Barton County Community College Beaufort County Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Central Texas College Colby Community College Collin College Columbus State Community College Cowley County Community College Crowder College Dakota College at Bottineau East Mississippi Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College GateWay Community College Great Falls College Montana State University Hazard Community and Technical College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Indian Hills Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Kilgore College Lakeshore Technical College Lanier Technical College Lenoir Community College Madisonville Community College Maysville Community and Technical College Metropolitan Community College National Park College North Central Missouri College North Dakota State College of Science Northwest Mississippi Community College Oklahoma City Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pitt Community College San Juan College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Sinclair College Southwest Mississippi Community College Southwestern Community College Spokane Community College Spokane Falls Community College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tyler Junior College Western Nebraska Community College Western Wyoming Community College Williston State College The Best Four-Year Schools for Online Health Sciences Students in 2016-2017: Allen College Augusta University Baker College Brigham Young University - Idaho Clarkson College Concordia University - Saint Paul Dakota State University Davenport University East Carolina University Ferris State University Goodwin College Granite State College Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Kent State University at Kent Midway College Midwestern State University Mississippi University for Women Montana State University - Billings Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health North Carolina A & T State University Northern Arizona University Oregon Institute of Technology Peirce College Presentation College Rutgers University - New Brunswick Siena Heights University St. Petersburg College SUNY Polytechnic Institute The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Thomas University Tiffin University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Florida University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Mississippi University of Missouri - Columbia University of Northern Colorado University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center University of Southern Indiana University of Toledo Viterbo University Washburn University Weber State University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Winston-Salem State University Youngstown State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | November 10, 2016
The Best Veterinary Technician Schools in the nation are being featured by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org, the Community for Accredited Online Schools 2016-2017 rankings. Comparing both online and on-campus programs at two- and four-year schools across the U.S., the online higher education resource provider ranked schools providing the best overall value for Veterinary Technician students. Colorado Mountain College, St. Petersburg College, Lincoln Memorial University, Becker College, Medaille College, San Juan College, Athens Technical College, Windward Community College, Chattanooga State Community College and Northshore Technical Community College were among the highest scorers. “Job outlook projections show veterinary technician positions growing much faster than the national average through 2024,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on these lists are not only providing quality veterinary technician programs, but are also making an extra effort to help students land a job after graduation.” Schools must meet specific baseline requirements to be considered for a spot on the Best Veterinary Technician Schools ranking. All institutions must hold regional accreditation and be registered as public or private not-for-profit entities. Schools are also required to provide career placement services to their students. Once a school’s eligibility is determined, the Community for Accredited Online Schools scores and ranks each based on more than a dozen data points, including graduation rates, student teacher ratios and financial aid availability, to determine the overall Best Schools in the U.S. An alphabetical listing of the Best Veterinary Technician Schools for 2016-2017 is included below. To learn where each specifically ranks and to find more details on the data and methodology used to determine scores visit: The 2016-2017 Best Veterinary Technician Programs at Two-Year Schools list: Alamance Community College Arkansas State University - Beebe Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Athens Technical College Bellingham Technical College Blue Ridge Community College Cedar Valley College Central Oregon Community College Chattanooga State Community College College of Southern Idaho Columbus State Community College Cosumnes River College Crowder College Delaware Technical Community College-Owens Delgado Community College Eastern Iowa Community College District Eastern Wyoming College Front Range Community College Gaston College Genesee Community College Gwinnett Technical College Harcum College Hillsborough Community College Hinds Community College Iowa Lakes Community College Jefferson College Jefferson State Community College Linn-Benton Community College Lone Star College Mesa Community College Middlesex Community College Murray State College Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture North Shore Community College Northeast Community College Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Northshore Technical Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Norwalk Community College Ogeechee Technical College Owensboro Community and Technical College Pierpont Community and Technical College San Juan College Southern Regional Technical College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Volunteer State Community College Weatherford College Western Iowa Tech Community College Windward Community College The 2016-2017 Best Veterinary Technician Programs at Four-Year Schools list: Baker College of Clinton Township Baker College of Flint Baker College of Muskegon Baker College of Port Huron Becker College Brigham Young University-Idaho Colorado Mountain College Daytona State College Eastern Florida State College Fort Valley State University Kent State University at Tuscarawas Lincoln Memorial University Madison Area Technical College Medaille College Miami Dade College Michigan State University Mississippi State University Morehead State University Murray State University Navajo Technical University New England Institute of Technology North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northwestern State University of Louisiana Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Otterbein University Pensacola State College Purdue University - Main Campus Siena Heights University St. Petersburg College SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Canton SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Tuskegee University University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College University of Maine at Augusta University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Vermont Technical College About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.