Central Michigan University continues to cement its national reputation as a leader in online programs.
U.S. News and World Report ranks CMU No. 1 for its online bachelor’s programs for veterans, jumping from 14th place in 2013. CMU also received a No. 1 ranking for its online Master of Arts in Education program for veterans, up from second place the previous year.
This follows news earlier this year that the magazine named CMU’s undergraduate online programs best in the nation.
“CMU has established a national reputation for its unwavering commitment to military education and student attainment of their educational and professional goals,” said Pete Ross, vice president of CMU’s Global Campus. “Through initiatives such as our Veterans’ Resource Center and new academic programs such as our Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity, CMU will continue its longstanding commitment to its military students.”
Rankings are based on four areas of service to people with military service:
- The university must be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program;
- Offer federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school;
- Be a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium; and
- Offer at least one course in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support catalog.
CMU also has been named to Military Advanced Education’s list of “Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities” for the past six years.
CMU has seen a dramatic increase in veteran enrollment since the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2009, with the university’s Veterans’ Resource Center certifying benefits for upwards of 1,000 students each semester.
In addition to the U.S. News and World Report’s No. 1 national rankings for online bachelor’s and master’s in education programs for veterans, and its overall No. 1 ranking for undergraduate online programs, CMU was ranked in two other categories.
CMU’s graduate education programs, for teachers and administrators, placed No. 3 and its online graduate business program ranked 17.
“As an institution with more than 120 years of transforming lives through education, the U.S. News rankings speak to our leadership in evolving, strengthening and providing access to higher education across the nation,” said CMU President George E. Ross.
President Ross, the only Michigan appointee to the national Commission of Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education, was chosen for being a national thought leader in online teaching. The commission, whose final report was issued to the U.S. Secretary of Education in 2013, was tasked with developing and providing recommendations regarding the appropriate government oversight and consumer protection for distance education.
CMU’s Global Campus, which oversees the university’s online programs, has nearly 50 locations in the U.S. and Canada, including more than 20 military bases. CMU has been a pioneer in distance learning since 1971, when it introduced educational opportunities for students and adults at satellite campuses in areas where they live and work.
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