2015 Best Online Programs For Veterans : U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. News & World Report has brought out the rankings for the best online program for veterans. As per its list, Pennsylvania State University – World Campus leads the list in the online bachelor’s program.

The report has enlisted all total 737 programs in eight categories for veterans.

The ranking considers online bachelor’s programs, online master’s programs. The subjects include business, education, engineering, nursing and computer information technology. This year, it has introduced two more programs: MBA and criminal justice.

Among the Bachelor’s online program, Pennsylvania State University secures the top slot. Daytona State College and Western Kentucky Universityremain in second and third position respectively.

For the newly introduced online MBA program, Indiana University in Bloomington, Temple University in Pennsylvania, and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are together in the top position. The online graduate program in criminal justice has only one taker: University of California, Irvine.

Speaking about the online rankings, Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News, said, “When veterans return to higher education they can experience unique challenges during their transition out of the military and into civilian life.

The Best Online Programs for Veterans are designed to help veterans balance applying, paying for and completing a degree, on top of their work and family commitments.” Arizona State University has a presence among the top 10 for four online programs.

The eligibility criteria for being listed in the rankings is that the online degree program had to report participation in two major programs meant for benefitting the military people. The programs must belong to institutions with a GI Bill certification. It is also essential that the online programs must be part of the schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The programs must be part of the public institutions that ask for in-state tuition fee for all out of the state veterans. This year the United States Department of Defensehas dropped two programs: the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). These two were previously considered for ranking by the U.S. News.

Eric J. Barron, President, Pennsylvania State University, said “We are proud to serve those who have served our nation. At Penn State, we have developed multiple programs geared toward the distinct needs of our service members. We have one objective and that is to provide an education where and when our veterans need it so they can re-enter the workforce and succeed.”

There is also a huge job opportunity for veterans. Once they upgrade their skills, they can very well join the workforce. It is considered that the veterans are workaholics. They have a strong sense of discipline and teamwork. They are focussed. Any company hiring them will eventually find them as valuable asset. Recently, Wal-Mart, announced to hire 250,000 veterans by 2020.

It is interesting to note that many veterans or officers still on active duty prefer online education. According to U.S. News, 11% students taking online courses were either veterans or military persons actively on duty.