Several University of Nebraska online programs are among the best in the country for veterans, according to new rankings issued this week by U.S. News.
The rankings – the first such list produced by U.S. News – feature NU programs offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln and available through the website of Online Worldwide, the university-wide distance education initiative. The University of Nebraska, as noted by U.S. News, has taken specific steps to improve the higher education experience for veterans, including participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program and membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium. Both NU programs featured by U.S. News also can be completed fully online, providing flexible options for students.
“University of Nebraska Online Worldwide is all about expanding access to accredited, quality education to more people – especially those for whom a traditional campus experience isn’t an option. Military students and their families often need the flexibility online education provides,” said Mary Niemiec, associate vice president for distance education and director of Online Worldwide. “I couldn’t be prouder that the University of Nebraska is being recognized for our efforts to serve students who serve or have served our country.”
NU programs recognized by U.S. News are:
- The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Bachelor of General Studies, which ranks No. 5.
The bachelor’s program, which offers a diverse range of concentrations in high-demand areas, was created with military students in mind. The BGS provides flexible acceptance of transfer credits – including credits for military training and active-duty service – and offers scholarships and advisers specifically for active-duty military, veterans and military spouses. The program’s policies support military members during times of deployment, and students in the program have access to MaV USO, a one-stop support office for students with a military affiliation.
“The online Bachelor of General Studies degree is part of UNO’s long-standing, rich tradition of supporting military and veteran students,” said Regina Toman, assistant dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and director of UNO’s Division of Continuing Studies. “Through the online option, students can easily access a quality, flexible degree that offers over 45 areas of study and opportunities for applied academic credit from military education and experience, CLEP and DSST examinations, and prior college or university coursework.”
Jennifer Carroll, director of UNO’s Military and Veteran Services Office, said: “Our Bachelor of General Studies degree has a long history of supporting military and veteran students through school, including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. UNO also has a one-stop office dedicated to supporting these same military and veteran students in the 21st century to ensure the same quality of academic excellence is available both online and on campus.”
- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Master of Business Administration, which ranks No. 3.
One of the leading online business degrees, UNL’s MBA emphasizes managerial skills, team building, ethics and leadership. Students may specialize in agribusiness, finance or international business. The program offers a flexible deployment policy and provides credit for active-duty service. UNL also provides veteran’s and active-duty organizations that support military students’ academic and career goals, and specific resources for military students applying for benefits.
“I am pleased with the ongoing national recognition that our online MBA receives,” said Donde Plowman, dean of the UNL College of Business Administration. “It is a testament to the world-class faculty who are highly engaged with exceptional students.”
University of Nebraska Online Worldwide provides access to more than 100 online degree, certificate and endorsement programs offered by the four campuses across 16 fields of study. The university is continuing to grow its online programs as it works to expand access to more Nebraskans and others seeking a flexible, quality education. Online education is an especially good fit for the 290,000 Nebraskans who have completed some college but have not earned a degree.
Additionally, the university continues to expand its service to military students and their families. University of Nebraska Online Worldwide recently established a task force focused on online military and veteran students to ensure NU policies support these students adequately, and the university is a partner school in the national “Got Your 6” campaign, which aims to increase support for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.
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