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News Article | April 17, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has selected Oklahoma’s best online colleges and universities for 2017. Based on an analysis of government-supplied data, 23 four-year schools are honored, with University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa and University of Central Oklahoma taking the top five. 12 two-year colleges are also recognized, with Tulsa Community College, Northern Oklahoma College, Murray State College, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Rose State College coming in as the top five. “Students in Oklahoma have a lot of options when it comes to earning a certificate or degree, but the schools on our list have distinguished themselves as being the best of the best when it comes to online education,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “In addition to providing exceptional learning opportunities, these schools also provide outstanding academic resources for online students.” To earn a spot on the Community for Accredited Online Schools list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also judged based on data points such as financial aid availability, student resources, counseling services, student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Oklahoma for 2017 include the following: Cameron University East Central University Langston University Mid-America Christian University Northeastern State University Northwestern Oklahoma State University Oklahoma Baptist University Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City University Oklahoma Panhandle State University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Oklahoma Wesleyan University Oral Roberts University Randall University Rogers State University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Nazarene University Southwestern Christian University Southwestern Oklahoma State University University of Central Oklahoma University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus University of Tulsa The Best Online Two-Year Schools in Oklahoma for 2017 include the following: Carl Albert State College Connors State College Eastern Oklahoma State College Murray State College Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Northern Oklahoma College Oklahoma City Community College Redlands Community College Rose State College Seminole State College Tulsa Community College Western Oklahoma State College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality 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.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of Oklahoma’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the 26 four-year schools that made the list, Oklahoma City University, University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Christian University ranked as the top five. Of the 14 two-year schools that were also included, Tulsa Community College, Western Oklahoma State College, Northern Oklahoma College, Rose State College and Murray State College were the top five. A list of all schools is included below. “A strong economy begins with a strong workforce, and these Oklahoma schools have shown that they offer a high-caliber education that sets graduates up for success in the job market after graduation,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. To be included on Oklahoma’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional metrics that includes the number of career and academic resources available, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, financial aid, student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Oklahoma” list, visit: Oklahoma’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bacone College Cameron University East Central University Langston University Mid-America Christian University Northeastern State University Northwestern Oklahoma State University Oklahoma Baptist University Oklahoma Christian University Oklahoma City University Oklahoma Panhandle State University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Oklahoma Wesleyan University Oral Roberts University Randall University Rogers State University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Nazarene University Southwestern Christian University Southwestern Oklahoma State University St. Gregory’s University University of Central Oklahoma University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma University of Tulsa Oklahoma’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Carl Albert State College College of the Muscogee Nation Comanche Nation College Connors State College Eastern Oklahoma State College Murray State College Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Northern Oklahoma College Oklahoma City Community College Redlands Community College Rose State College Seminole State College Tulsa Community College Western Oklahoma State College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


University of Kentucky Expands Financial Wellness with iGrad Exploratory Center University of Kentucky's state-of-the-art Student Financial Wellness Center launches a new iGrad Exploratory Center where the interactive iGrad Financial Literacy Platform will be accessible to all students. Lexington, KY, May 16, 2017 --( According to an on-campus study, 49.5% of University of Kentucky students suffer from financial stress. In January Tiffany Jackson, Director of Student Financial Wellness, launched the innovative Student Financial Wellness Center to address this issue. “The student feedback has been tremendous!” stated Jackson. The initiative was officially launched in January, and already the platform has registered over 450 users. University of Kentucky students averaged a 92.7% on the financial wellness module post-assessments, representing a 39% increase in knowledge. Jackson went on to state that students often come to the center prompted by information seen on the iGrad platform, and over 50 students have taken advantage of in-person appointments with more consultations via phone or email. “Our numbers will grow as students become more aware we are here,” declared Jackson. The adaptive learning iGrad platform is the centerpiece of the iGrad Exploratory Center housed within the Student Financial Wellness Center. Workstations featuring the iGrad platform are available for students to navigate topics including budgeting, loan counseling, financial calculators, learning modules, news, and articles. Tiffany Jackson points out that iGrad offers the self-navigated learning she was seeking and when taken in conjunction with confidential peer-to-peer counseling sessions behavioral changes soon follow. “I want a student to know this is a resource where they can share what is going on with them,” Jackson said. Regarding the iGrad platform, Jackson stated “You’re not just getting a platform. You’re getting the whole team of the iGrad family.” iGrad was chosen, Jackson said, because she was impressed with the continual updates to the platform, as well as the plethora of available information. Jackson remarked “to encourage iGrad is to know you are encouraging something great.” Describing the platform as “the cadillac of financial literacy tools,” Jackson went on to state she “couldn’t be more happy with iGrad.” About iGrad: iGrad is privileged to partner with over 600 campuses across the country to provide an industry-leading, customizable platform, which connects over 1.2 million students, as well as alumni and staff, with the tools needed to succeed in the real world of personal finance. iGrad is the only online community providing a comprehensive and customized financial literacy program featuring career assistance for students and graduates, user-specific financial education courses, and video-based student loan entrance and exit counseling. iGrad's recent accolades include: 2013 & 2015 Education Program of the Year, the Institute for Financial Literacy; Best Product of 2013, 2014 & 2015, University Business magazine; and Outstanding Consumer Information Award, Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education (AFCPE). About University of Kentucky: The University of Kentucky transforms the lives of our students and advances the Commonwealth we serve - and beyond - through our teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, discovery, research and creativity, promotion of health, and deep community engagement. The Division of Student and Academic Life is the newest organization under the Office of the Provost. Born out of merging the Office of the Undergraduate Education and the Division of Student Affairs, its purpose is to conjoin the formal curriculum with the co-curriculum and the extra-curriculum. In doing so, we ushered in a new era of student support at the University of Kentucky - designed to integrate fully the UK undergraduate experience. Lexington, KY, May 16, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Financial literacy leader iGrad has partnered with the University of Kentucky offering students the opportunity to develop critical financial wellness skills. The iGrad Financial Literacy Platform will be accessible to all students in the state-of-the-art Student Financial Wellness Center and through the financial aid website.According to an on-campus study, 49.5% of University of Kentucky students suffer from financial stress. In January Tiffany Jackson, Director of Student Financial Wellness, launched the innovative Student Financial Wellness Center to address this issue. “The student feedback has been tremendous!” stated Jackson. The initiative was officially launched in January, and already the platform has registered over 450 users. University of Kentucky students averaged a 92.7% on the financial wellness module post-assessments, representing a 39% increase in knowledge. Jackson went on to state that students often come to the center prompted by information seen on the iGrad platform, and over 50 students have taken advantage of in-person appointments with more consultations via phone or email. “Our numbers will grow as students become more aware we are here,” declared Jackson.The adaptive learning iGrad platform is the centerpiece of the iGrad Exploratory Center housed within the Student Financial Wellness Center. Workstations featuring the iGrad platform are available for students to navigate topics including budgeting, loan counseling, financial calculators, learning modules, news, and articles. Tiffany Jackson points out that iGrad offers the self-navigated learning she was seeking and when taken in conjunction with confidential peer-to-peer counseling sessions behavioral changes soon follow. “I want a student to know this is a resource where they can share what is going on with them,” Jackson said.Regarding the iGrad platform, Jackson stated “You’re not just getting a platform. You’re getting the whole team of the iGrad family.” iGrad was chosen, Jackson said, because she was impressed with the continual updates to the platform, as well as the plethora of available information. Jackson remarked “to encourage iGrad is to know you are encouraging something great.” Describing the platform as “the cadillac of financial literacy tools,” Jackson went on to state she “couldn’t be more happy with iGrad.”About iGrad:iGrad is privileged to partner with over 600 campuses across the country to provide an industry-leading, customizable platform, which connects over 1.2 million students, as well as alumni and staff, with the tools needed to succeed in the real world of personal finance. iGrad is the only online community providing a comprehensive and customized financial literacy program featuring career assistance for students and graduates, user-specific financial education courses, and video-based student loan entrance and exit counseling. iGrad's recent accolades include: 2013 & 2015 Education Program of the Year, the Institute for Financial Literacy; Best Product of 2013, 2014 & 2015, University Business magazine; and Outstanding Consumer Information Award, Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education (AFCPE).About University of Kentucky:The University of Kentucky transforms the lives of our students and advances the Commonwealth we serve - and beyond - through our teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, discovery, research and creativity, promotion of health, and deep community engagement.The Division of Student and Academic Life is the newest organization under the Office of the Provost. Born out of merging the Office of the Undergraduate Education and the Division of Student Affairs, its purpose is to conjoin the formal curriculum with the co-curriculum and the extra-curriculum. In doing so, we ushered in a new era of student support at the University of Kentucky - designed to integrate fully the UK undergraduate experience. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from iGrad


News Article | October 29, 2016
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Online higher education and student resource leader Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) has published it’s 2016-2017 Best Ultrasounds Technician Programs lists. Ranking the top 50 two- and four-year programs respectively, the following schools received top marks: Tulsa Community College, Hinds Community College, Pitt Community College, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Jones County Junior College; Midland College, Allen College, Palm Beach State College, Bellevue College and Misericordia University. Both on-campus and online programs were evaluated. “The job outlook for ultrasound technicians and sonographers is growing much faster than the national average,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Our rankings list the programs that are going the extra mile for students, providing top-quality training that is preparing students to enter the workforce quickly and efficiently.” Ultrasound and Sonography programs were compared nationwide, based on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative data points. Schools were required to meet specific base criteria to qualify; each must be regionally accredited and hold either two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit standing. Each must also offer career placement services for students after graduation. A complete list of the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ 2016-2017 Best Ultrasound Technician Programs is included below. To learn more details on the data comparison, methodology and each school’s placement visit the following page: Two-year schools recognized for the Best Ultrasound Technician Programs 2016-2017: Alvin Community College Angelina College Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Blackhawk Technical College Bunker Hill Community College Cape Fear Community College Central New Mexico Community College Chattanooga State Community College Chippewa Valley Technical College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College College of DuPage Cosumnes River College Del Mar College Delaware Technical Community College - Owens Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington Delgado Community College Delta College El Centro College El Paso Community College Gateway Community College H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Hillsborough Community College Hinds Community College Johnston Community College Jones County Junior College Lansing Community College Lone Star College Lorain County Community College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Marion Technical College Middlesex Community College Montgomery College New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Owens Community College Pitt Community College Pueblo Community College Red Rocks Community College Santa Barbara City College Southwestern Community College Spokane Community College St. Philip's College State Fair Community College Temple College Triton College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Volunteer State Community College Wallace State Community College - Hanceville Weatherford College Four-year schools recognized for the Best Ultrasound Technician Programs 2016-2017: Allen College Arkansas State University - Main Campus Baker College of Auburn Hills Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Bellevue College Benedictine University Broward College College of Southern Nevada Columbia Basin College Concordia University - Ann Arbor Concordia University - Wisconsin Ferris State University Fort Hays State University Grand Valley State University Gulf Coast State College Jackson College Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Kettering College Lewis University Lewis-Clark State College Lincoln University Miami Dade College Midland College Misericordia University Mount Aloysius College Newman University Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Oregon Institute of Technology Palm Beach State College Pensacola State College Polk State College Rochester Institute of Technology Rutgers University - New Brunswick Saint Catharine College Santa Fe College Seattle University St Catherine University St. Luke's College Thomas Jefferson University Trocaire College University of Alaska Anchorage University of Charleston University of Kansas University of Missouri - Columbia University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center University of Rio Grande Upstate Medical University Valencia College 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 28, 2016
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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 16, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leader in higher education resources at AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org, has released the 2016-2017 list of Best Online Vocational Schools in the nation. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points, the site scored and ranked schools offering vocational training programs online to determine the Best, with the following scoring highest: Washburn University, Weber State University, Siena Heights University, University of Southern Mississippi and Champlain College for four-year schools; East Mississippi Community College, Crowder College, Hutchinson Community College, State Fair Community College and Tulsa Community College for two-year schools. “Vocational occupations have been growing rapidly since 2000, with some industries showing much higher than average job growth projections through 2024,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on our list are seizing this opportunity, offering top-notch vocational training programs online to help more students prepare to work in fast-growing fields like construction management, medical assisting and other technical or health care positions.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges to meet several qualifying standards before they can be considered for the Best Online Vocational Schools ranking. Each school must hold regional accreditation and be a public or private not-for-profit institutions. Schools are also required to provide students career placement services to be eligible. Comparing thousands of eligible programs nationwide, the site scores and ranks each based on statistics such as student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A full description of the data and methodology used to score and rank the Best Online Vocational Schools, as well as a full list of programs with scores is published at: Top 50 Two-Year Schools recognized on the Best Online Vocational Programs listed alphabetically: Atlanta Technical College Barton County Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bramson ORT College Central Georgia Technical College Central Piedmont Community College Central Texas College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Collin College Columbus State Community College Crowder College East Mississippi Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Grayson College Great Falls College Montana State University Hutchinson Community College Indian Hills Community College Lakeshore Technical College Madisonville Community College Metropolitan Community College Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moraine Park Technical College New Mexico Junior College North Dakota State College of Science Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pitt Community College San Antonio College San Juan College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Shoreline Community College Sinclair College Southwest Virginia Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College Spokane Community College St. Philip's College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Volunteer State Community College Wallace State Community College - Hanceville West Kentucky Community and Technical College Western Nebraska Community College Westmoreland County Community College Top 50 Four-Year Schools recognized on the Best Online Vocational Programs listed alphabetically: Buena Vista University California State University - East Bay Champlain College Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clayton State University College of Southern Nevada East Carolina University Ferris State University Florida International University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Hampton University Hodges University Indiana State University Liberty University MCPHS University Misericordia University North Carolina Central University Northern Arizona University Northern State University Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Old Dominion University Oregon Institute of Technology Pennsylvania College of Technology Roger Williams University Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Siena Heights University South Dakota State University Southern Polytechnic State University St. Petersburg College SUNY College of Technology at Canton The University of Alabama The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Tiffin University University of Bridgeport University of Hartford University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University of Mississippi University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Dakota University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center University of Southern Mississippi Utah Valley University Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Washburn University Weber State University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky 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.

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