The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has ranked the best universities and colleges in Alabama for 2017. Using government-backed data, the site found 27 four-year schools had the caliber to be on the list. Samford University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Spring Hill College, Auburn University and University of Alabama in Huntsville came in as the top five. 26 two-year schools also made the list, with Enterprise State Community College, Gadsden State Community College, Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Southern Union State Community College and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College ranked as the best five. A full list of schools is included below. “Alabama currently has the third-highest unemployment rate in the country, but schools are working to combat that by providing quality higher education opportunities,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “The colleges and universities on our list offer certificates, degrees and employment resources that best set students up for success in the workforce after school.” To be included on the Alabama’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised for additional data that includes employment services, student counseling, annual alumni salaries 10 years after entering college, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid offerings. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Alabama” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Alabama for 2017 include: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Birmingham Southern College Faulkner University Huntingdon College Jacksonville State University Judson College Miles College Oakwood University Samford University Spring Hill College Stillman College Talladega College The University of Alabama Troy University Tuskegee University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Mobile University of Montevallo University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama The Best Two-Year Colleges in Alabama for 2017 include: Alabama Southern Community College Bevill State Community College Bishop State Community College Calhoun State Community College Central Alabama Community College Chattahoochee Valley Community College Enterprise State Community College Faulkner State Community College Gadsden State Community College H Councill Trenholm State Technical College J F Drake State Community and Technical College J F Ingram State Technical College Jefferson Davis Community College Jefferson State Community College Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Lurleen B Wallace Community College Northeast Alabama Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Reid State Technical College Remington College-Mobile Campus Shelton State Community College Snead State Community College Southern Union State Community College Wallace Community College - Dothan Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville 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.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has announced its list of the best online colleges for veterans and military personnel for 2017. The ranking names the top 59 two- and four-year schools and the top 50 four-year schools in the nation based on service member-friendly benefits, affordability and program quality. The four-year schools with the best scores were University of Southern Mississippi, Webster University, Saint Leo University, University of Idaho and Murray State University. The top five two-year schools include Central Texas College, St. Philip’s College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Del Mar College. "Veterans and current members of the military face some unique challenges when it comes to earning a certificate or degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools have demonstrated a commitment to providing outstanding benefits and resources to service members who choose to pursue an online education, while also maintaining affordability and quality standards.” To qualify for a spot on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings, schools must meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. Each is also scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen metrics including the availability and amount of financial aid, military tuition discounts, ROTC programs, veteran support services and graduation rates by school. AffordableCollegesOnline.org enforces strict affordability standards, requiring schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $20,000 per year for four-year schools, and below $5,000 per year for two-year schools. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final “Best” list. For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit: Top Four-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017: Arkansas State University-Main Campus Azusa Pacific University Ball State University Columbia College Dallas Baptist University Duquesne University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Hampton University Hawaii Pacific University Iowa State University Kansas State University Lawrence Technological University Lewis University Mercy College Mississippi State University Missouri State University-Springfield Montana State University-Billings Murray State University New England College Niagara University Northern Arizona University Northern Kentucky University Norwich University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Oral Roberts University Point Park University Regis University Saint Leo University Texas A & M University-College Station The College of Saint Scholastica The University of Alabama The University of Montana Tiffin University Troy University University of Arizona University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Idaho University of Mississippi University of Nebraska at Omaha University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus University of South Florida-Main Campus University of Southern Mississippi University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo Viterbo University Washington State University Webster University Western Kentucky University Top Two-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017: ### 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 | May 22, 2017
When the University of Alabama at Birmingham sidelined its football program after the 2014 season because of a lack of funding, Jegil Dugger knew, someday, the school again would field a team. As the Blazers are set to return to the field this September, the school’s former star running back is helping carry the financial load. Today, Dugger designs software and technology for Juke Slot, a prominent company in the automated technology industry and holds several government issued patents. Most notably, he is a leader in designing technology to improve the daily lives of the deaf and hard of hearing. Dugger has pledged $100,000 to the UAB Football Operations Center, joining an elite group to become a major donor to the program. In doing so, he joins several significant long-time contributors working for a successful return of football to central Alabama. The effort already has received large gifts from both local corporations and individual donors, including a $1 million donation from Jimmy Filler, and $500,000 gifts from Protective Life, Alabama Power, Medical Properties Trust and Mike Thompson of Thompson Tractor Co. Inc. Construction on the UAB Football Operations Center, which will house office space, meeting and film rooms, athletic training facilities, locker rooms and a weight room, is scheduled to be complete on July 1, 2017. Fans can check out the progress of the Football Operations Center by visiting www.uab.edu/footballfacility. The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees expedited approval of the Football Operations Center not-to-exceed $22.5 million on June 17, 2016. Dugger ran for nearly 2,000 yards during his UAB career that spanned 1998-2001. He ranks top on the school’s all-time rushing list for yards and touchdowns and top in many other school record categories. Dugger has deep ties to UAB. His mother was employed at the school. While attending the university, he met another student who would later become his wife. And his son – who Dugger hopes someday will attend the school and graduate himself – was born at UAB Hospital. After graduating from Midfield High School, Dugger, nationally rated as a top 50 running back, turned down several Division I scholarships to Southeastern Conference schools – including Arkansas, South Carolina and Alabama – to be part of the UAB program. With the Blazers, he wound up being the team captain, team MVP, All-Conference USA, a candidate for the Doak Walker Award – all while helping UAB to its first Division I winning seasons in 2000 and 2001. Dugger finished college as an NFL prospect, and ended up playing in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos. “UAB has always been dear to me,” he said. “I believe the possibilities for the football program are tremendous. When I signed my letter of intent in high school to attend UAB, I made a life time commitment.” Dugger heard rumors a couple years ago of the UAB program being eliminated, but saw it as an improbable move. Until it happened. “I did not believe it. I felt a pain that I never would imagine,” he said. “To commit my blood, sweat and tears to a program and putting in all the hard work and effort as I did, it felt like part of me died. “I thought that all the hard work, two-a-days, summer workouts and victories were all in vain and thrown down the drain. I considered my son growing old, and all I would be able to explain to him is what used to be, with no evidence of the past or the program. I also felt saddened for the kids that were on scholarship at the time the program shut down. Those kids made a life time commitment to UAB and I know were deeply hurt by the programs decision to end football.” Dugger said he didn’t believe the hiatus would last long. Too many people within the community backed the program – whether financially, packing seats on game day or donning Blazers logo wear – to have let it disappear permanently. Now Dugger is committed, along with scores of others, to seeing UAB re-establish a winning tradition. To do so, backers have to continue their avid support, he said. And, of course, players and coaches have to approach the game with confidence and determination. Dugger, for one, has lofty expectations. “I see this program one day being able to compete for a national championship,” he said. “I believe the 7-4 season in which we beat LSU showed that this program can compete for a national championship with the right financial backing and fan support. Alumni of the football program are becoming more active and coming back. It is important for the players, coaches and everybody involved to get that winning mentality back – expect to win.”