UNCW Makes U.S. News & World Report’s Top 25 Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans

Thursday, May 22, 2014

U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Colleges and Best Online Programs, has released the 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans on usnews.com. UNCW has tied at #22 with UNC Pembroke.

The rankings, now in their second year, were designed to help veterans identify high-quality online degree programs that suit their educational needs. U.S. News & World Report developed the Best Online Programs for Veterans and inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans, released in November, to help the thousands of returning veterans and active-duty service members pursue college or advanced degrees under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

“We are very proud of this national ranking,” says Kenneth Teitelbaum, Dean of the UNCW Watson College of Education. “It is an indication of the dedicated work of Watson College faculty and staff, with crucial help from colleagues across campus, to meet the personalized needs of graduate students, including veterans. By using the most current online technology, we strive to enhance the teaching and learning that takes place in our graduate programs and to make the experience as accessible as possible to veterans and others.”

Programs included in the veterans-focused rankings also had to:

  • Offer at least one credit-granting course listed in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Programs  
  • Belong to an institution that is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium 
  • Belong to an institution certified for the GI Bill
  • Belong to an institution participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program or a public institution that charges in-state tuition, which can be fully covered by the GI Bill, to all veterans applying from out of state. This allowance for public institutions is a change from the 2013 Best Online Programs for Veterans ranking methodology

All schools evaluated in this ranking must have been awarded a numerical rank in the overall 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings, which were released earlier this year. Those programs were assessed for various factors, including affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation. Only regionally accredited degree-granting programs that were predominantly online were considered.