Saint Leo University is a private, non-profit, Roman Catholic liberal arts university established in 1889/ 1959 and located in Saint Leo, Florida, 35 miles north of Tampa. The University is associated with the Holy Name Monastery, a Benedictine convent, and Saint Leo Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. The university and the abbey are both named in honor of Pope Leo the Great, who is recognized by Catholics as both a saint and as one of the most outstanding leaders in the history of the Church. The oldest Catholic college in Florida, and the sixth-largest in the United States, Saint Leo University was one of the first American universities to provide distance learning opportunities to students, beginning to educate military men and women in 1973 during the Vietnam era at the height of the anti-war movement. Saint Leo University now operates 17 continuing education centers in seven states, including California, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, as well as dozens of military base centers, and the University's Center for Online Learning.Worldwide, Saint Leo University had a total enrollment of 15,932 students in 2012, a majority of which were military-related students. 2,167 students were enrolled at the main Florida campus. Saint Leo University offers over 40 associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree, and certificate programs, and is inaugurating its first doctoral program in 2013. The University utilizes no teaching assistants, but employs 1,380 full-time and adjunct faculty members.In 2013, Saint Leo announced plans for an education center at a Sykes Enterprises building in Lakeland, Florida. Wikipedia.
News Article | February 17, 2017
— The ranking took into account accreditation, costs, acceptance rate, student satisfaction, and other factors that accounting students look for in potential programs, such as salary outcomes of each program. University of Massachusetts Amherst took the top spot. The second and third spots went to, Northeastern University and Auburn University, respectively. Six of the sixteen schools in the ranking have achieved AACSB accreditation, which is highly prestigious and has only been given to 170 schools in the nation. Along with rankings, the report includes pertinent information about each ranked school and degree program. The complete list of schools can be seen below (listed alphabetically): Auburn University Bellevue University Indiana Wesleyan University Liberty University Northeastern University Penn State World Campus Regis University Saint Leo University Southern New Hampshire University Southern Oregon University University of Alabama Birmingham University of Maryland University College University of Massachusetts Amherst University of the Incarnate Word Washington State University Western Governors University The ranking placement and information about each school can be found at http://www.topaccounting.org/rankings/best-online-bachelors-degree-in-accounting/ According to managing editor of TopAccounting.org, Ivor Lee, “These schools stand out from among their peers not because of their size, or their reputation but because of their dedication to making education available to all students online. Online education is a field that is constantly changing and these schools have made the effort to stay relevant and agile--and in doing so have been able to help many students earn their accounting degrees.” Lee says, “Congratulations to these schools for maintaining high standards in their traditional and online programs and ensuring an equitable and educational experience for their students. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and faculty at these schools.” Top Accounting is an independent and objective resource for current and prospective accounting students. We offer data-based rankings of on-campus and online accounting degree programs, as well as career and education advice. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce accounting school and program rankings and accounting resources. For more information, please visit http://www.topaccounting.org/
News Article | November 29, 2016
An in-depth analysis of college quality and cost by AffordableCollegesOnline.org has determined the Best Online Criminal Justice Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. The higher education information and resource provider compared hundreds of colleges and universities around the nation to determine the top 50 two-year and top 50 four-year schools with online criminal justice degree programs respectively, ranking Washburn University, Saint Leo University, Keiser University Fort Lauderdale, Siena Heights University and Tiffin University highest among four-year schools and East Mississippi Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Holmes Community College, Yavapai College and College of the Ouachitas highest among two-year schools. "A criminal justice degree provides students opportunities to work in a variety of legal or protective service careers,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Criminal justice students will not only find a flexible learning option in the schools on our list, but also exceptional overall value in terms of both cost and educational quality when it comes to earning a criminal justice degree online.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to meet several minimum requirements to be eligible for placement on their rankings. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools or below $25,000 annually at four-year schools. Qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. More details on data and methodology used to rank each online criminal justice program and a complete list of schools and scores is available at: Two-year schools recognized as the Best for Online Criminal Justice in 2016-2017: Atlanta Technical College Barton County Community College Beaufort County Community College Central Georgia Technical College Central Texas College Clovis Community College Coastal Carolina Community College College of Southern Idaho College of the Ouachitas Craven Community College East Arkansas Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern Arizona College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Fayetteville Technical Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Genesee Community College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Guilford Technical Community College Haywood Community College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Itawamba Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Madisonville Community College Mesa Community College Mohave Community College Montgomery Community College Mountain Empire Community College Navarro College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Ozarka College Pamlico Community College Rio Salado College Southeastern Illinois College Southeastern Technical College Southwest Virginia Community College Southwestern Community College Stanly Community College Tallahassee Community College Trinity Valley Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tyler Junior College Vance-Granville Community College Wayne Community College Western Piedmont Community College Western Wyoming Community College Wilson Community College Yavapai College Four-year schools recognized as the Best for Online Criminal Justice in 2016-2017: Amridge University Arkansas State University - Main Campus Arkansas Tech University Ashland University Baker College Bellevue University Bethel University Campbellsville University Chaminade University of Honolulu Colorado Christian University Columbia College Concordia University - Saint Paul Drury University Eastern Kentucky University Fayetteville State University Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Hays State University Glenville State College Granite State College Hampton University Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Judson College Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Liberty University McNeese State University Mercy College Mississippi College North Carolina Central University Saint Leo University Sam Houston State University Shorter University Siena Heights University Southwestern College SUNY College of Technology at Canton The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Tiffin University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Central Florida University of Central Missouri University of Great Falls University of Maine at Fort Kent University of Maryland - University College University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of the Cumberlands Washburn University Washington State University Western New Mexico University Wichita State University Wilmington 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 17, 2016
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leader in higher education resources (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), has released a ranking of the 100 Best Online Colleges in the nation for 2016-2017. The site honors the top 50 two-year schools and top 50 four-year schools respectively, with the University of Southern California, Harvard University, Drexel University, Canisius College and Concordia University Wisconsin earning the highest scores for overall excellence in online learning among four-year programs. East Mississippi Community College, Western Wyoming Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Frank Phillips College and Tulsa Community College earned top scores among two-year schools. “Online education is becoming a bigger part of the college landscape each year,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools being honored here are providing excellent education options online, upholding industry-leading quality standards and maximizing student success through support services.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges to meet several quality standards to be considered for placement on their rankings and lists. Schools must, at minimum, hold both regional accreditation and be public or private not-for-profit institutions. Qualifying colleges are also scored and ranked based on school-specific statistics such as student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A full list of the rankings and the data points and methodology used to determine the Best Online Colleges in the nation can be found at: 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges, schools included on the two-year list: Allen County Community College Amarillo College Barton County Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Central Georgia Technical College Central Texas College College of Southern Idaho Columbus State Community College Crowder College Dakota College at Bottineau Diablo Valley College East Mississippi Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Frank Phillips College Gateway Community and Technical College Guilford Technical Community College Haywood Community College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Laramie County Community College Lenoir Community College Madisonville Community College Maysville Community and Technical College Mesa Community College Metropolitan Community College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Owensboro Community and Technical College Palo Alto College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pitt Community College Rio Salado College San Antonio College Sinclair College Somerset Community College Southwestern Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College St. Philip's College Stanly Community College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Wayne Community College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Western Wyoming Community College 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges, schools included on the four-year list: Auburn University Ball State University Buena Vista University Canisius College Champlain College Clemson University Columbia University in the City of New York Concordia University - Wisconsin Dallas Baptist University Drexel University Duquesne University East Carolina University Gardner-Webb University Granite State College Hampton University Harvard University Illinois Institute of Technology Indiana Wesleyan University Iowa State University Johns Hopkins University Kansas State University Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale Lehigh University LeTourneau University Missouri University of Science and Technology New York University North Carolina State University at Raleigh Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Prescott College Regis University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Saint Joseph's University Saint Leo University Siena Heights University Southwestern College Texas A & M University - College Station The University of Alabama University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Denver University of Florida University of Idaho University of Missouri - Columbia University of South Carolina - Columbia University of Southern California University of St. Francis University of Virginia - Main Campus Villanova University Washington State University Webster 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 | December 15, 2016
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced today that it approved 27 grants totaling $35.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2016, which brings the amount of grants awarded for 2016 to more than $111 million, which surpasses the amount of grants awarded in 2015. The Foundation also approved a new strategic approach for the Hilton Foundation’s Children Affected by HIV and AIDS program area, which will officially commence on January 1, 2017. Over the past year, the Foundation has been working to reflect on lessons learned together with partners and stakeholders in order to make modifications to its grantmaking strategy for the Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Strategic Initiative. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were used as a guiding framework and determined how best to contribute the Foundation’s relatively limited philanthropic dollars to this ambitious call to action. Over the next five years, the Foundation’s Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS program area will field test approaches to delivering effective, quality programming that has the potential to improve developmental outcomes for young children (0-5 years) affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. The objectives will be to: “We are pleased to end the year with an announcement of $35.7 million in funds to organizations all over the world,” said Peter Laugharn, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. “We are confident that the new strategy for our Children Affected by HIV and AIDS program area will strengthen the work of our partners with the ultimate goal of improving developmental outcomes for all young children affected by HIV and AIDS in five key countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.” Grants in the fourth quarter of 2016 were awarded to a total of 27 organizations spanning across the Hilton Foundation’s priority areas, including organizations serving the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people both in the U.S. and internationally. Following is an overview of all grants awarded in the fourth quarter of 2016: Children Affected by HIV and AIDS – Aga Khan Foundation USA was awarded $1.5 million to build capacity of the early childhood development workforce in high HIV prevalence communities East and Southern Africa, while Alliance for Open Society International Inc. was awarded $500,000 to support the Global Partnership for Education's efforts to establish the Better Early Learning and Development at Scale Initiative. Finally, Catholic Relief Services was given a grant in the amount of $400,000 for planning a phase two program to strengthen the ability of Catholic Sisters to meet the developmental needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS. Safe Water – $3 million was awarded to Water for People to implement the model of Everyone Forever for sustainable water services in Kamwenge District of Uganda. $1 million was granted to IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre to create the foundation for an ambitious learning and collective action initiative that will catalyze development of SDG 6 in Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda. Stanford University received a grant in the amount of $435,000 to facilitate the design of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework and theory of change for the Foundation's Safe Water strategy. Finally, Water.org will receive $200,000 to build the foundation necessary to implement a WaterCredit model in Ghana. Avoidable Blindness – Three grants were awarded to organizations working towards elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Mali and Niger. The Carter Center was granted $5.1 million, and $5.975 million was awarded to Helen Keller International for this effort. Sightsavers, Inc. was awarded $650,000 to contribute to the elimination of trachoma in Mali. Foster Youth – The John Burton Foundation received $600,000 to strengthen the high school to college transition process for foster youth in Los Angeles County. Additionally, the National Center for Youth Law was granted $1.6 million to support the development of a collective impact campaign that will increase access to reproductive and sexual health care, and information to significantly reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies among foster youth in Los Angeles County. Finally, $1 million was awarded to the New York Foundling for educational support for foster youth from eighth grade through college through the Road to Success Program. Homelessness – Brilliant Corners received a grant in the amount of $1.2 million to support capacity-building and strategic planning to ensure the continued expansion and implementation of Los Angeles County's Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool. Corporation for Supportive Housing was awarded $3 million to invest in the Just In Reach Pay For Success program, a partnership with the Los Angeles County Health Agency to connect frequent users of the homeless system and Los Angeles County Jail with permanent supportive housing. $300,000 was awarded to Housing California to support the development of a coordinated, cross-sector policy effort aimed at increasing state funding for permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals in California. Substance Use Prevention – School-Based Health Alliance was awarded $1 million to support a second phase of work to implement youth Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in school-based health clinics. The Addiction Medicine Foundation received a grant in the amount of $1 million to continue efforts to increase the number of physicians trained in prevention and early intervention and addiction medicine. Multiple Sclerosis – The University of California, San Francisco received a grant in the amount of $900,000 to continue development of the Bioscreen, a precision medicine disease management tool for those with Multiple Sclerosis. Catholic Sisters – The Catholic Volunteer Network was awarded $1.7 million to expand the work of the organization’s From Service to Sisterhood initiative, a program that connects congregations of sisters with lay-women volunteers. $780,000 was granted to Leadership Conference of Women Religious to provide support for the expansion of the Leadership Pathways program to include a focus on the dramatic transitions and transformations that are facing religious life today. A grant in the amount of $500,000 was awarded to the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters to establish a special fund within the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters to augment its support of canonical leadership conferences globally. Saint Leo University was granted $420,000 to develop and pilot an online certificate-granting program for SLDI alumnae and other Catholic sisters in Africa. Finally, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago was granted $360,000 to support the development and implementation of a 30-month curriculum designed to prepare and accompany of core team from 25 religious communities to serve as the catalyst and resource to guide their communities through practices around interculturality. Catholic Education – The Catholic Education Foundation was granted $1 million to support tuition assistance for low-income students attending Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Finally, a grant in the amount of $900,000 was awarded to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families to support the Building New Foundations of Hope capital campaign, and Wild Salmon Center was granted $700,000 to support the North Pacific Salmon Stronghold Initiative ($500,000) and to provide general operating support ($200,000). For more detailed information on our grantmaking, please visit hiltonfoundation.org/grants. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. In 2016, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to The Task Force for Global Health, an international, nonprofit organization that works to improve health of people most in need, primarily in developing countries. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants, distributing $107 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2015. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.
News Article | February 16, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best schools with online programs in the state of Florida for 2017. A total of 45 schools received honors for their online education offerings, with University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University, University of South Florida-Main Campus, Jacksonville University, Tallahassee Community College and Florida Keys Community College earning top spots overall. More than a dozen unique data points were evaluated to determine each school’s score. “The schools on our Best Online Schools list for Florida all meet high standards of excellence for students who want to succeed outside of a brick-and-mortar classroom,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included. Qualifications include being institutionally accredited and holding public or private not-for-profit status. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes the student/teacher ratio, graduation rate, employment services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Florida’s Best Online Schools for 2017 include the following: Adventist University of Health Sciences Ave Maria University Barry University Bethune-Cookman University Broward College City College-Fort Lauderdale Daytona State College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Everglades University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University Florida Keys Community College Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Florida State University Hobe Sound Bible College Hodges University Indian River State College Jacksonville University Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale Lynn University Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Saint Leo University South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Southeastern University St. Petersburg College St. Thomas University State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Stetson University Tallahassee Community College The Baptist College of Florida The University of West Florida Trinity College of Florida University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Miami University of North Florida University of South Florida-Main Campus Warner University Webber International University ### 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 | October 28, 2016
A list of the Best Online Colleges in Florida for 2016 has been released by leading higher education information resource AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points, 40 schools were pinpointed for offering maximum value and quality in online learning in the state. Four-year colleges earning the highest marks include Saint Leo University, University of Florida, Florida International University, Keiser University Fort Lauderdale and the University of Central Florida; two-year colleges include Tallahassee Community College, Locklin Technical Center and Sheridan Technical College. "More than 60 percent of college students in Florida are going to school part-time, and online education programs allow these students the flexibility to take on the challenge of earning a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "The colleges on our list are maximizing student’s time and efforts by providing a variety of degree programs online, while maintaining a focus on affordability.” In order to be considered for ranking, AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires colleges and universities to meet several baseline requirements. The Best Online Colleges in Florida are all fully accredited and carry public or private not-for-profit status. Schools on the Best Two-Year list all offer in-state tuition under $5,000 per year, while schools on the Best Four-Year list offer in-state tuition under $25,000 per year. Rankings for each college are determined by a variety of other qualitative and quantitative metrics, including student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A full list of the Best Online Colleges in Florida, including rankings and information on how each school was scored can be found by visit the following page: The full list of Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Florida for 2016 is included below: The full list of Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Florida for 2016 is included below: Adventist University of Health Sciences Bethune-Cookman University Broward College City College - Fort Lauderdale Daytona State College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Everglades University Florida Atlantic University Florida Gateway College Florida Gulf Coast University Florida International University Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Hobe Sound Bible College Hodges University Indian River State College Johnson University Florida Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Pensacola State College Remington College - Heathrow Campus Saint Leo University South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Southeastern University St. Petersburg College State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota The Baptist College of Florida The University of West Florida Trinity College of Florida University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Fort Lauderdale University of North Florida Warner University Webber International 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.