Accreditation is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing which school to attend. It is recognition that an educational institution has a certain standard of quality that other reputable organizations will honor. This is always important, but it is especially important when online learning is involved. In the early days of elearning, there was some uncertainty about who could be trusted.
Glenn R. Jones understood that.
In 1987, Jones launched a cable television network called Mind Extension University, or ME/U. Jones believes that education should be available to everyone, everywhere. He made it possible for students to take courses from more than 30 schools via television. And then the Internet happened. Jones saw the potential in it for education. In 1993, he transformed ME/U into Jones International University, the first university anywhere to exist entirely online.
Mission and VisionJIU recognizes that our world is in a constant state of change. It aims to help students succeed in the midst of such change. To that end, it is committed to:
- providing innovative and relevant curriculum delivered by accomplished, supportive faculty;
- offering readily available student-centered services;
- implementing state-of-the-practice, learning-centered technology and learning resources;
- engaging with constituents to create an exceptional educational experience.
The school's vision: "Through the enabling power of education, Jones International University endeavors to help create a world where it is more likely that reasonable human needs are met, where the environment is self-sustained, and especially where there is less conflict, less fear and more justice. A world where education is democratized. A world where hope is alive. We believe that such a world is most probable where free markets exist and freedom is abundant."
Two SchoolsThere are two primary schools at JIU, the School of Education and the School of Business. The School of Education offers programs for Master of Education, Education Specialist, Doctorate of Education Leadership, and certificates in Education.
The School of Business offers programs for business administration certificates, Bachelor- and Master-level specializations in business communications and business administration, and a Doctorate in Business Specializations.
International students from around the world are welcome, and financial aid is available. To read testimonials from JIU students, visit the school's Faces & Voices page and click on Students.
JIU FactsAverage student age: 37
Faculty: Faculty members are active in the fields they teach and come from leading universities, including Oxford, Carnegie Mellon, London Business School, and the Garvin School of International Management.
Academic calendar: All courses are online and instructor-facilitated in eight-week formats. Courses begin the first Sunday of each month. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Chancellor: Milton Goldberg, EdD
2013 Offer: JIU is currently offering a no-risk trial, allowing students to start a program without financial obligation for the first four weeks. JIU's website states: "Find out how our flexible, fully online format with monthly starts enables you to fit school into your busy life."
JIU is a finalist in the Continuing Education 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. Fans of the school can cast one vote each day: Vote in the Continuing Education 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. Voting runs through March 19, 2013, and winners will be announced March 27. There are no prizes except bragging rights, but in this online world, that counts for a lot! To learn more about the awards, visit awards.about.com.